AMERICUS, GA (WALB) - Brady Bond, a South Georgia Technical College Heavy Equipment Dealer's Service Technology student from Fort Pierce, Florida, was presented with an American Future Farmers of America (FFA) Degree and a gold American FFA Degree Key at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo in Louisville, KY. recently.
This award is presented to FFA members who have demonstrated the highest level of commitment to FFA.
Bond, who is associated with the Ring Power Corporation, a Caterpillar dealer that sells heavy machinery and construction equipment in North and Central Florida, was a member of the FFA during his high school career with the Fort Pierce Westwood FFA chapter.
In order to qualify for this honor, individuals must have earned a Greenhand FFA Degree, Chapter FFA Degree and State FFA Degree. They must have been FFA members for at least three years and have completed at least three years (540) hours of high school agriculture classes or two years of high school agriculture classes and one year of college agriculture classes.
Deserving students must have a record of outstanding leadership skills and completed at least 50 hours of community service in three or more different community service activities. These individuals must have earned and productively invested at least $7,500 or have earned and productively invested at least $1,500 and worked 2,250 hours beyond scheduled school hours.
Bond is in his second year of the South Georgia Technical College Heavy Equipment Dealer's Service Technology or Caterpillar ThinkBIG program. He learned about the program and made his decision to attend South Georgia Technical College after he attended the 85th National FFA Convention and Expo.
Bond is the son of Robert and Haley Bond of Fort Pierce, Florida. They were on hand at the 87th National FFA Convention and Expo when he was presented with the award. SGTC HEDST Instructor Kyle Hartsfield was also at the convention to congratulate his student. Rick Davis is his other instructor at HEDST Instructor/Intern Manager at South Georgia Tech.
The Heavy Equipment Dealer's Service Technology Program is a unique program in which students are sponsored by a participating dealer to attend SGTC in eight-week increments of college training and on the job training. Upon graduation, students receive an Associate of Technology Degree and are eligible to obtain full employment with their sponsoring Caterpillar dealer.