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ConExpo competition features John Deere-sponsored group of Illinois high-schoolers

Friday, May 6, 2011

John Deere sponsors student team in construction contest at ConExpo.
John Deere sponsors student team in construction contest at ConExpo.

At the recent construction industry trade show in Las Vegas, Con Expo, John Deere's Construction and Forestry department sponsored a team from a science and engineering high school in Bartlett, Illinois, in a competition held as part of the conference. A press release for the equipment-provider stated that the construction challenge was put together by the Association of Equipment Manufacturers, and focuses on giving students project experience that will spur them to work in the field of construction.

In particular, the C&F Tech Program was the part of John Deere operations that backed the team - marking the third year it has done so, said the company's website. This initiative partners the agricultural, forestry, and construction equipment-maker with its dealers and certain community colleges in the U.S., allowing students to complete their studies and work at a John Deere dealership. The ultimate goal is to be a Deere technician.

At ConExpo, this year's main objective was to construct a remote-controlled vehicle to move materials from a supply area to a work area, and then to build a main office according to specific designs, a John Deere news release reported.

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