Maybe your son or daughter is a junior or senior and wants to return to the farm, but isn't sure if they should go to college first. You might take advantage of an opportunity to find out about hands-on programs they could become involved in through Vincennes University, Indiana's oldest community college.
In conjunction with the John Deere Training program at Vincennes University, there's an open house and career day to be held at the new John Deere/Diesel Tech Building on Nov. 18. The times run from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. EST. The building is located about three miles north of Vincennes , just off U.S. Highway 41 on Purdue Road. The new training facility was built on land that was part of the Purdue University Southwest Purdue Ag Center. The move was necessary after the historic flood of two years ago wiped out the building where the program as being operated before. The actual John Deere technician training program offered through Vincennes University began in the mid-1980's, notes Tim Hale, current coordinator of the program. Hale himself had over 20 years of experience at a southern Indiana John Deere dealership before he joined the program about 12 years ago.
The open house will include vendors, such as John Deere and Cummins, many of whom are looking fro prospective students for possible future employment. Vincennes Ag-Transfer program where students start at Vincennes and finish a BS degree at Purdue University will also be highlighted during the day. Popular horticulture programs offered through Vincennes will also be highlighted during the Open House.
Tours of Vincennes University will be offered that day if you're bringing your student on an official campus day visit from your prospective high school. Chuck Mansfield, an Extension specialist and also ag teacher at Vincennes University, hopes several ag programs may consider bringing some students for the day.
An RSVP is preferred, but not required. Organizers want you to attend even if it's a last-minute opening in your schedule that makes that possible. Lunch will be provided as part of the open house and career day program. For more information, contact Tim Hale at 812-888-6264. You may also email Hale at: [email protected]. Mansfield and other professors will be on hand to talk to students one-on-one during the day.