The Clark State Diesel Technology program has been selected as a corporate partner for Case IH via Bane-Welker. This partnership will allow the Diesel program to receive three new pieces of equipment for students and teachers to utilize in the classroom for instructional purposes.
“Clark State is thrilled to partner with Bane-Welker,” said Aimee Belanger-Haas, dean of business and applied technologies for Clark State. “This relationship will allow our students to gain practical hands-on experience on the latest state-of-the-art machinery which is beneficial on so many fronts.”
Tyler Wilson, employee development specialist for Bane-Welker, said Clark State was selected as a partner because of the College’s willingness to develop an agriculture program and their geographic location. “Also, Clark State has a strong diesel program that is the foundation for building a successful ag tech program,” he said.
Clark State will receive three tractors throughout the year, with one rotating in every three months. “These tractors have been specifically selected for the content that the students will be learning that semester,” said Wilson, “Clark State will have access to the Case IH diagnostic tool software, parts schematics/lookups and factory training courses.”
The equipment and tools will educate instructors and students on the operation and application of the Case IH agricultural machinery. Areas of focus will be electrical diagnostics, hydraulic diagnostics and after treatment fuel systems.
Wilson said the first tractor is expected to be delivered this summer so the faculty can begin preparing the curriculum for the fall semester. Online training, parts lookups and the diagnostic tool are already at Clark State.
Bane-Welker has partnered with college programs in the past, specifically Ivy Tech in Indiana, however, this is their first partnership in Ohio.
“Bane-Welker is excited about this opportunity to educate and prepare individuals for the ag equipment technology workforce,” said Wilson. “Labor is in high demand with a low supply, this program will be critical in identifying and training the next generation workforce.”
Bane-Welker Equipment was established in January of 2013 when two successful Case IH dealers (Bane Equipment & North Central Agri-Power) consolidated and became one company. Bane-Welker strives to provide innovative equipment, services and technological solutions resulting in sustainable business partnerships with agricultural, turf and industrial equipment customers as well as fulfilling careers for our employee owners.