John Deere employees from Moline, Illinois, often volunteer at the local schools as part of an effort to engage the children, and motivate these young students to study science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), the Quad-City Times reported.
According to the news source, one volunteer from the company spoke to children at the local public middle school about his job as a metallurgical engineer for John Deere, and how they may want to pursue their studies in those careers.
Executives at the company believe that these areas are crucial to innovation, and the "Inspire" program from John Deere focuses on motivating young people in the U.S. to focus on these disciplines in order to fill the open positions that exist.
"One of our core values is innovation," Pat Barne, the program director for John Deere's global STEM initiatives. He noted that not enough American students are pursuing careers in science-oriented jobs.
According to the STEM Connector website, the John Deere foundation supports scholarships, key programs and faculty development at schools around the country to help spur interest and education in STEM classes and careers.