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NDSCS John Deere Tech Students Excel at National PAS Competition

Posted on 3/28/2012

NDSCS John Deere Tech students recently breezed through the National Postsecondary Agricultural (PAS) sponsored competition for Agricultural Machinery Service Technicians winning top team and high individual honors. Three NDSCS teams, comprised of two students each, participated winning first place, fifth place, and 10th place. Top team prize winners were Leif U'Ren of Redwood Falls, Minn., and Jeff Bruning of Mapleton, Iowa. Leif U'Ren also was named high individual scorer.

Taking fifth place was the team of Chris Haynie of Circle, Mont., and Jared Elliot of Galesburg, No. Dak. The 10th place team included Ryan Johnson of Cummings, No. Dak., and Justin Hanawalt of Monticello, Minn.

The National Postsecondary Agricultural Student 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 Service 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;
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 exercises that would be beneficial in a student's education or employment.

The 2012 National PAS Conference was held in Des Moines, Iowa, March 14 through March 17.

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