The Missouri Soybean Merchandising Council (MSMC) and State Technical College (State Tech) in Linn, Missouri, reached an agreement to introduce soy-based lubricants and biodiesel into their diesel mechanic program. The value-added partnership provides an opportunity to educate future diesel mechanics and technicians on the endless benefits and options of soy-based products.
“The agricultural industry relies on a talented workforce with technical expertise to keep the farm running and rural America alive,” said Gary Wheeler, CEO and executive director. “In career education, State Tech continues to be a key resource for our company. MSMC is a committed partner in the College’s efforts to develop new and enhanced programs in agricultural technology and innovation.”
State Tech also recently installed soy-based turf at their new state-of-the-art multipurpose event and entertainment center.
“We are so fortunate to be partnering with Missouri Soybeans,” said Shannon Grus, State Technical College vice president of external relations. “This partnership includes funding support for our new golf facilities and brings our organizations together to ensure Missouri’s future workforce understands the many innovative uses of soybeans.”
State Tech is one of the country’s fastest-growing technical schools, and Missouri Soybeans anticipates that this newly expanded program will serve as a selling point for student recruitment and industry education.
“The partnership is great for promotion, education and market development, which is ultimately the mission of MSMC,” said Wheeler. “We look forward to their future growth and the sustainability of next-generation agriculturalists in Missouri.”
Support has already been demonstrated through a showcase of soy-based products within the curriculum, and financial support to equip students with these new technologies.