John Deere School to Work Partnership

Through a unique partnership, the Hawkeye Community College Foundation and John Deere are providing financial assistance to train individuals to work in advanced manufacturing as product development specialists.

Product development specialists work in teams with engineers on a variety of challenging product development and testing assignments. They work on instrumentation, development, and testing for diesel engines, transmissions, axles, and agricultural equipment featuring advanced technology.

Benefits of the Partnership

  • Train in a high-demand profession and earn your associate degree in Electronics Engineering Technology from Hawkeye.

  • Access to a forgivable loan program that pays up to two-thirds of your tuition and fees, making your education affordable.

  • Gain hands-on experience through a paid 500-hour internship

  • Have the opportunity to work in state-of-the-art facilities for a Fortune 500 Company in the Cedar Valley.

  • Gain preferential hiring for full-time employment as positions are available at John Deere after completing the program.

Application Process

  1. Apply and be accepted into the Electronics Engineering Technology program at Hawkeye.

  2. Complete the application for the John Deere School to Work program.

  3. Complete John Deere's test, interview, background check, physical, and drug test process.

  4. John Deere will select qualified students for admittance into the John Deere School to Work partnership.

Forgivable Loan Program

If selected as a John Deere School to Work partnership student you may apply for the John Deere Forgivable Loan Program through the Hawkeye Foundation. The loan is used to cover up to two-thirds of your tuition and fees for your program. After you complete your program and have been employed at John Deere for three years, your loan will be forgiven.

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