Bridging Passion and Profession: Cade’s Journey in the Ag Tech Program

Bridging Passion and Profession: Cade's Journey in the Ag Tech Program

Cade Loomis, a 20-year-old from Bridgeport, Nebraska, is set to graduate this December from Southeast Community College, specializing in John Deere Diesel Mechanics. Thanks to his completion of the 21st Century Equipment Ag Tech Program, Loomis is ready to make his mark in the world of John Deere upon graduation.

The two-year Ag Tech Program, offered in collaboration with participating John Deere regional colleges and partner community colleges, provides students with a unique opportunity to join the 21st Century Equipment team. Through the program, students learn the intricacies of John Deere technology and systems, gaining firsthand experience before starting their careers.

Loomis grew up on a cattle ranch and has always enjoyed learning how things work. Since the Ag Tech Program had both agriculture and mechanical aspects, he thought it would be the perfect opportunity to improve his problem-solving skills related to technical diagnostics.

Reflecting on his journey, Loomis shared, “I did not always see myself pursuing a career as a tech. I knew I wanted an ag related career, but I did not think I would be a technician. However, as I learned about the tech program, my interest in mechanics and diagnostics grew which led me to joining the program.”

Loomis credits the program for enhancing his problem-solving abilities, particularly in diagnosing complex technical issues in highly computerized equipment. His journey has been enriched by the close-knit classroom environment, allowing for personalized instruction and meaningful connections with both classmates and instructors.

“Some advice that I would give for students considering the program is to retain as much information as possible. The instructors give you real life scenarios that they have seen that can be very beneficial as a technician if you just retain the information. All of these examples from the instructors have benefitted me by preparing me for problems I may face in my career.”

For more information on the 21st Century Equipment Ag Tech Program and the available tuition reimbursement program, scan the QR code to explore your opportunities further.

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