HERMISTON — Jamie Newton, a service technician at RDO Equipment Co. in Hermiston, recently earned the master service technician degree from John Deere University.

A web-based learning portal for dealership employees, the program offers technicians the opportunity to grow their equipment knowledge and advance their skills working with agricultural machines. It combines online courses with instructor-led training.

Newton’s interest in the degree began nearly six years ago. He is looking forward to using the skills and putting the knowledge into practice each day at his job.

Ryan Bensel, service advisor, said the company is proud to invest in the continued learning and development of team members. Newton’s degree, he said, will benefit customers.

“Jamie is well-respected by many of our customers and, in achieving the master service technician status, he will continue to build strong relationships with more of them,” Bensel said. “He strives to be the best at what he does and I can’t wait to see what the future holds for him.”

Founded in 1968, RDO Equipment Co. sells and supports agriculture, construction, environmental, positioning, surveying, and irrigation equipment from leading manufacturers including John Deere. It has 78 locations across the United States, including Hermiston, Pendleton and Pasco, and partnerships in Africa, Australia, Mexico, Russia, and Ukraine. For more information, visit www.rdoequipment.com.

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