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John Deere Tech students excel at National PAS Competition

Posted on 4/8/2014

North Dakota State College of Science John Deere Tech students recently placed, with one team taking first at the National Postsecondary Agricultural Student (PAS) conference for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians in St. Cloud, Minn.

Four NDSCS teams comprised of two students each participated, winning first, fifth (tie), seventh and fifteenth places, respectively.
    1st Place: Taylor Block and Dylan Niswander. Block is from Sibley, Iowa and is sponsored by Sibley Equipment of Sibley, Iowa. Niswander is from Ocheyedan, Iowa and is sponsored by James River Equipment of Madison, S.D.
    5th Place: Matthew Goetz and Wyatt Kitzman. Goetz is from Onaka, S.D., and is sponsored by C&B Operations of Roscoe, S.D. Kitzman is from Upham, N.D., and is sponsored by Gooseneck Implement of Minot, N.D.
    7th Place: Byran Albrecht and Simon Jacobs. Albrecht is from Bismarck, N.D., and is sponsored by RDO of Bismarck, N.D. Jacobs is from Morristown, S.D., and is sponsored by Dakota Farm of Elgin, N.D.
    15th Place: Justin Kittelson and Derrick Showers. Kittelson is from Enderlin, N.D., and is sponsored by RDO of Casselton, N.D. Showers is from Clifford, N.D., and is sponsored by Valley Plains Equipment of Galesburg, N.D.

Eighteen teams from 11 states across the country competed, including colleges from New York, Washington, North Dakota, South Dakota, Minnesota, Iowa, Illinois, Mississippi, Idaho, Montana and Wisconsin.

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 11 career and technical student organizations 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 with the purpose to allow students to test their knowledge and problem-solving skills in a competitive environment to meet industry needs utilizing a variety of assessment techniques.

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.

To learn more about the John Deere Tech program at NDSCS, go to


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