New agriculture technology is coming to Door County, and will keep coming for the next 10 years thanks to a partnership between Case IH, Service Motor Company and Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. Details were unveiled during a celebration September 4 on NWTC’s Sturgeon Bay campus that included remarks by college and company representatives, as well as a demonstration of the new equipment for students.
According to the agreement, for the next 10 years, Service Motor Co. will rent new-model Case IH agricultural equipment to NWTC at a discounted rate for use in its Diesel and Heavy Equipment programs, with Service Motor Company replacing equipment annually. New tractors and farming technology will be housed on NWTC’s Sturgeon Bay campus, where it will be used by the college to train current and future agribusiness owners, employees and diesel technicians. Service Motor Company and Case IH will also able to bring clients to the NWTC site to show them the latest technology in action.
“This partnership gives our students and the community access to the latest in agriculture equipment, providing them with hands-on, advanced training which is so critical to support Wisconsin farms and diesel careers,” said Dr. H. Jeffrey Rafn, president, Northeast Wisconsin Technical College. “The agreement is a win for taxpayers, and it’s a win for Northeast Wisconsin.
The new partnership comes at a perfect time for NWTC’s two diesel programs, both of which have seen enrollment growth in recent years. NWTC offers a two-year associate’s degree in Diesel Equipment Technology, and a two-year technical degree in the Diesel & Heavy Equipment Technician program.