Lethbridge college, Agco partner to offer equipment, factory training

Agco has partnered with Leth-bridge College to provide training aids for students and factory training for instructors in the college’s agriculture and heavy equipment apprenticeship program.

The Agco Advantage Partnership is a non-exclusive agreement that was initially signed in January but announced March 22. The farm equipment company has similar programs at eight U.S. colleges, but this is the first one in Canada.

A college news release said the idea for a partnership was raised by Hanlon Ag Centre, an Agco dealership in Lethbridge, which has a long association with the college.

Agco involvement will include provision of components to train agricultural mechanics on the latest farm equipment.

As well, instructors will be able to participate in factory training just as dealership technicians do.

“Because Agco equipment is embedded into the curriculum, the college becomes an ideal spot for dealers from across Western Canada to send their employees and apprentices for training,” the release said.

“Hanlon Ag Centre is the first company to sign an agreement with the college for dealer training.”

Lethbridge College President Paula Burns said the partnership will allow the institution to provide more openings for students in the apprenticeship program.

Separate from the agreement, the college is now hosting Agco technician dealer training at its new trades facility on campus.

More than 20 technicians will take part in the next two months.


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