Students in both the construction and agriculture programs of Southeastern Community College in Iowa will benefit from the donation of a Case 580N backhoe loader to the school by CNH Industrial and Case Construction Equipment’s plant in Burlington, Iowa. Case is a brand of CNH Industrial.
The college’s Construction Technology and Agriculture programs will use the backhoe for student training and instruction as well as special class projects. More specifically, it will be used to show students how to operate and properly maintain a piece of heavy equipment. Agriculture students will also use the machine for soil sampling and demonstrations on trenching in drainage tile.
Steve Van Zant, CNH Industrial plant manager, and Jeff Stewart, CNH Industrial platform and product development manager for the backhoe division, presented the backhoe to the college and its president, Michael Ash, in front of a crowd of SCC students and staff, along with CNH Industrial employees.
“We understand the importance of a donation like this for both Southeastern Community College and CNH Industrial,” says Stewart. “This equipment will allow students to gain firsthand experience working with our equipment and can lead to future careers in construction or agriculture. We employ graduates in a number of welding and assembly areas.” Both Stewart and Van Zant are graduates of Southeastern Community College.