The proverbial “win-win” language used in successful partnerships took another step toward authentication during the kickoff of a new initiative between Fox Valley Technical College (FVTC) and Kubota Corporation — a growing manufacturer of customized equipment for the agriculture, construction, and outdoor power industries.

"This is a win-win-win partnership poised to shape the next generation of skilled technicians by benefiting industry, schools and students,” said Branden Brown, an instructor for Kubota Tractor Corporation.

Brown and his colleagues joined representatives from Kubota dealerships, along with college officials and students, in a special ceremony on Aug. 8 at FVTC’s Service Motor Company Agriculture Center in Appleton to highlight the latest industry-specific training strategy at FVTC.

NC3, or National Coalition of Certification Centers, is a Kubota Tech pilot program offering six certification competencies for students at about 30 colleges in the nation. FVTC is the second college in Wisconsin to offer a train-the-trainer event for Kubota Tech, resulting in an embedded curriculum for students in the Agriculture Power Equipment, Agriculture Equipment Service Technician, and Outdoor Power Equipment Technician programs. Graduates from those programs can now receive an NC3 credential with their technical diploma or associate degree.

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