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John Deere Tech students excel at National PAS Competition

Posted on 4/16/2013

PAS Competition
NDSCS John Deere Tech students competed at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians in Louisville, Ky., in mid-March.

Four NDSCS teams comprised of two students each participated, winning second, third, fifth and eighth places, respectively.

  • 2nd Place: Ben Kramer and Kyle Witte. Kramer is from Brandon, S.D., and is sponsored by Schuneman Equipment Company of Garretson, S.D. Witte is from Hutchinson, Minn., and is sponsored by Midwest Machinery Co. of Glencoe, Minn.
  • 3rd Place: Brady Edgar and Dylan Perrion. Edgar is from Redfield, S.D., and is sponsored by RDO of Redfield, S.D. Perrion is from Ipswich, S.D., and is sponsored by Edmunds County Implement of Roscoe, S.D.
  • 5th Place: Cody Lubben and Connor Thoreson. Lubben is from Edgerton, Minn., and is sponsored by Edgerton Implement C&B Cooperation. Thoreson is from Climax, Minn., and is sponsored by Crookston Implement Company.
  • 8th Place: Collin Larsen and Jordan Pulkrabek. Larsen is from Casselton, N.D., and is sponsored by RDO Casselton. Pulkrabek is from Euclid, Minn., and is sponsored by Evergreen Implement of Warren, Minn.

  • Twenty-one teams from across the country competed, spanning from Walla Walla, Wash. to Cobleskill, N.Y. and North Dakota to Texas. In order to compete, each team must have previously placed in their state's PAS competition in order to advance to the national competition. North Dakota sent four total teams - all from NDSCS.

    The National PAS Student Organization is an organization associated with agriculture/agribusiness and natural resources offerings in approved postsecondary institutions offering baccalaureate degrees, associate degrees, diplomas and/or certificates. PAS is one of the 11 career and technical student organizations that has been approved by the U.S. Department of Education as an integral part of career and technical education.

    The Agricultural Machinery Technician competition is part of the Career Program Areas that allow participants to test their knowledge and problem solving skills in a competitive environment, evaluated by agriculture industry professionals. The Agricultural Machinery Service Technician Career Program Area is designed to:

  • Encourage the development of Agricultural Service Technicians' opportunities;
  • Provide incentives to develop and improve curriculum and instructional techniques;
  • Evaluate participant and program efficiency;
  • Recognize individual accomplishments and educational curriculum in Agricultural Service Technician programs;
  • Encourage cooperation between education and industry;
  • Strengthen the PAS organization by encouraging active participation

  • The purpose of the Agricultural Machinery Technician program area is to allow participants to demonstrate their knowledge and problem solving skills necessary to work in the Agricultural Machinery and Service Technician field and to reinforce core skills and hands-on application of exercised that would be beneficial in a student's education or employment.

    To lean more about the John Deere Tech program at NDSCS, go to ndscs.edu/academics/departments/john-deere.




    L to R: Kyle Witte, Ben Kramer, Larry Ascheman, Dylan Perrion, Brady Edgar




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