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Lake Land College honors John Deere Tech graduates

May 28, 2014
The John Deere Technology program at Lake Land College welcomed 25 new technicians to the field at its annual Graduation Recognition Banquet. Family and friends of the graduates recently gathered at the Walk Way in Mattoon to celebrate the students’ hard work and dedication. 
“We appreciate the 21-year-long partnership with John Deere Company that allows Lake Land to graduate some of the finest technicians in the country,” said Josh Bullock, president of the college. 
The John Deere Tech program, offered jointly by John Deere Company and Lake Land College in cooperation with area John Deere dealers, offers students many unique opportunities including earning a salary while learning through on-the-job training at a participating dealership; training on the latest John Deere tractors, combines and implements, and learning the newest diagnostic and servicing procedures. 
Sponsored by area John Deere dealers, students also have the opportunity to move directly into employment with their sponsoring dealership upon successful completion of this associate in applied science degree program.
For 2014, Jenni Badding, representing the John Deere Company, was the keynote speaker. Additionally, the Outstanding Student Award and Highest GPA Award went to Dalton Groh, Crawfordsville, Ind.
The John Deere Tech graduates for 2014 are:
Lukas Allison, Attica, Ind., sponsored by Wright Implement Company, Williamsport, Ind.
Jordan Boldig, Mattoon, sponsored by Schilling Brothers, Mattoon
Luke Brazas, Williamsport, Ind., sponsored by Wright Implement Company, Williamsport, Ind.
Dalton Burgess, Assumption, sponsored by Sloan Implement Company, Assumption
Samuel Buse, Beason, sponsored by Cross Brothers Implement, Mt. Pulaski
Aaron Crawford, Raymond, sponsored by Sloan Implement Company, Virden
Nicholas Davis, New Holland, sponsored by Cross Brothers, New Holland
Benjamin Emmerich, Wheeler, sponsored by Sloan Implement Company, Effingham
Tyler Epley, Pana, sponsored by Sloan Implement Company, Taylorville
Evan Freeland, Fowler, Ind., sponsored by Castongia’s Inc., Fowler, Ind.
Dalton Groh, Crawfordsville, Ind., sponsored by Wright Implement Company, Crawfordsville, Ind.
Scott Hatley, Hettick, sponsored by Sloan Implement Company, Carlinville
Blake Huelskamp, Breese, sponsored by Riechmann Brothers, Breese
Kody Kaiser, Coal City, sponsored by Arends-Hogan-Walker LLC, Dwight
Nicholas Kinder, Golden Eagle, sponsored by Wm. Nobbe & Co., Jerseyville
Cannon Lambert, Erie, sponsored by Maloney Equipment, Inc. Fulton
Nathan Lewis, Canton, Mo., sponsored by Sydenstricker Farm and Lawn, Palmyra, Mo. 
Nathaniel Lippert, Clinton, sponsored by Cross Brothers Implement, Clinton
Nicholas Miller, Osco, sponsored by Martin-Sullivan, Inc., Galesburg 
Matt Milner, Auburn, sponsored by Sloan Implement Company, Litchfield
Thomas Moore, Callao. Mo., sponsored by Sydenstricker Farm and Lawn, Macon, Mo. 
Junior Rice, Paris, sponsored by Arends-Hogan-Walker LLC, Ashmore
Matthew Rose, Lombard, sponsored by Ag-Power, Inc. Higginsville, Mo. 
Jordan Shoemaker, Mahomet, sponsored by Arends-Hogan-Walker LLC, Melvin
Travis Weber, Newton, sponsored by Schilling Brothers, Newton
Instructors for the Ag Tech program are Brad Osborne, Russell Neu and Allen Drake. Jon Althaus is the division chair for the Agriculture Division. For more information about the John Deere Ag Tech program at Lake Land College, contact Drake at 217-234-5308 or 
Cutline: At the annual John Deere Tech Graduation Recognition Banquet, the Outstanding Student Award and Highest GPA Award went to Dalton Groh, Crawfordsville, Ind., at center. He is pictured with Russell Neu, John Deere Tech instructor, at left, and Jenni Badding, keynote speaker at right. 

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