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Published March 10, 2014, 10:19 AM

MTI announces Butler partnership

Mitchell (S.D.) Technical Institute and Butler Machinery Co. recently announced a new educational partnership to be delivered at the Mitchell campus.

By: Forum News Service,

MITCHELL, S.D. — Mitchell (S.D.) Technical Institute and Butler Machinery Co. recently announced a new educational partnership to be delivered at the Mitchell campus.

The ButlerEdge program will begin fall 2014. This two-year program will be offered for an associate of applied science degree and will consist of a combination of classroom education and a dealer internship.

Applicants to the program will be selected by Butler based upon a set of criteria including academic performance, test scores and other employment-related criteria. Those accepted to the program will enroll at MTI as full-time students. The program will be divided into a series of modules delivered both on campus and at a Butler location. Students will be compen- sated. Butler will furnish all tools and uniforms.

After graduation, the student will immediately begin full-time employment with Butler.

The program is similar to the Butler ThinkBIG program offered at other schools in North and South Dakota. Rather than studying commercial heavy equipment, students in the ButlerEdge program will focus on learning to service AGCO brand agricultural equipment.

MTI’s Agriculture and Transportation Technology division has the space and technology to add the ButlerEdge program to its roster of programs, including Farm Power Technology.

“MTI has a long history of offering top-notch agricultural education in our region,” MTI President Greg Von Wald says. The addition of the ButlerEdge program will provide students with unique, hands-on experiences and will help Butler Machinery continue to offer high-quality service to its customers.”

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