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SPC, companies ink internship program

INTERNSHIP AGREEMENT – Officials with South Plains College, AGCO and Warren CAT signed an agreement Friday in which students will take additional courses in the Diesel Technology program. The classes will train students in the area of agriculture machinery repair. Seated from the left are: Whitney Owens, Dr. Kelvin Sharp, Jim Nelson and Russ Goertzen. Looking on and standing from the left are: Dave Cooper, Stacey Petrich, Pete Stracener, Mark Brungardt and Mark Horner. (Staff Photo)

An educational/industry agreement that will give South Plains College students additional training and career opportunities was signed Friday.

The AGCO Advantage program will provide more courses in the Diesel Technology area while training students in agricultural machinery repair, said Rob Blair, dean of Technical Education.

The student internship agreement involves AGCO, an agricultural machinery manufacturer, WarrenCAT and the college.

SPC’s partnership with WarrenCAT started in 2004, and the company provided the college’s Diesel Technology program with $125,000 in five years. The company also sponsored tuition for intern students and provided Caterpillar equipment.

The college’s new partner, AGCO, will help train future diesel technicians for the company’s dealerships, Blair said.

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