John Deere Tech Goes Platinum

September 4, 2019

Fort Scott, Ks.—Fort Scott Community College’s John Deere Technical program has received a prestigious award. During the fiscal year of 2018-2019, FSCC’s John Deere Tech. program was evaluated on several levels to achieve top rankings of the “College of Tomorrow” award. This award is judged on everything from instructor development, internships, and facility image to even scholarships and safety.


The point system added up to a total of 254 points and three different levels; bronze, gold, and platinum. Out of the 254 points, FSCC John Deere Tech. scored 249 points, which obtains the platinum award. Along with a fancy crystal trophy and jacket, platinum winners are awarded scholarship money and funds to help with continued instructor development.


“Many hours of work and attention to detail have went into achieving this award. We strive to provide a great student learning environment. My main goal as an instructor is to help my students improve into better technicians so they will succeed in their career”, says Dale Griffiths, FSCC John Deere instructor.


Stakes are higher for the 2019-2020 fiscal year with some changes made to the criteria and raising the point system to 299. FSCC John Deere Tech. program is one of 16 other programs across the nation, but they plan to continue to win platinum and provide the best for the program.


“It was very exciting earning this award.  This is the first time FSCC has earned this award, and I am determined this won’t be the last.  Dale and I are always making improvements to classes, our training, and the facility.  This award didn’t come easy, nor will future awards”, says Kent Aikin, FSCC John Deere instructor.


If you would like more information on the FSCC John Deere Tech. program, please visit or by calling 620.223.2700 ext. 5371.