Admission Checklist

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Admission Information
John Deere Agricultural Equipment Program
Madison Area Technical College            

Madison College and John Deere have partnered to offer a unique experience in the Agricultural Equipment Technology program.  Students have the opportunity to apply their college experience directly to a  “real world” dealership setting during three paid work experiences at a John Deere dealership.

Theses required work experiences play a major role in the Agricultural Equipment Technology program. As a result, before students are admitted into the program they must have a signed agreement with the dealership where they will be working.   

The checklists below outlines the steps to obtaining a John Deere sponsor and be admitted to the Agricultural Equipment Technology program.

Admission Checklist

Admission requirements through Madison College

  • Meet with Bob Gray, lead program instructor. Arrange an appointment by calling him at (608) 246-6834 or email
  • Take the COMPASS assessment. (Often on the same day as meeting with Bob Gray) 
  • Sign educational records release form with Bob Gray
  • Apply online to Madison College for the Agriculture Equipment Technology.
  • Request your high school send a copy of your transcript to: Admissions Office, Madison Area Technical College, 1701 Wright Street, Madison WI 53704
  • Submit Sponsorship Agreement (PDF, 73 KB) form to Bob Gray after the dealer has offered you a sponsorship.

 Admission requirements through Sponsor:

  • Fill out a job application through your John Deere dealerships of choice. (Bob Gray can help you identify dealers in your area).
  • Interview with the John Deere dealership to determine if the student and dealership are a good fit together. Dealerships can answer student questions about pay and whether they offer tuition reimbursement.
  • Once a sponsorship has been offered, student should send Sponsorship Agreement Form to Bob Gray
  • *Once you start working at your dealer, obtain your John Deere I.D. number. (*Note: not required for admission, but by first day of class)

Important Dates
Orientation is typically at the end of May or beginning of June. You'll register for your courses at this time if you have a sponsor. An advisor will help you choose your courses.  First day of classes is usully the day after Labor Day!