Tinkering on a go-kart alongside his dad was one of the earliest memories Caleb Meyer has of his interest in mechanics. “It was fun taking it all apart and putting it back together,” he says.
From there he graduated to helping on his uncle on his farm, fixing his combine. It’s that desire to figure out how things work that will take Caleb on the next step of his journey: entering the Diesel Technician Program at Northwest Iowa Community College in Sheldon, Iowa.
Caleb has received a scholarship from the Equipment Dealers Foundation, which is also being matched by Town & Country Implement in Rock Valley, Iowa, to help him with his education and career goals. “I’m honored to get this scholarship,” says Caleb. “It’ll be a big help with my tuition payments.”
Town & Country Implement is a dealership that Caleb knows well, and the one his uncle has used over the years for parts and service. When Caleb found out about the scholarship, he applied, knowing that this was the path he wanted to take. “I’m also extremely appreciative to Town & Country for helping me through this whole scholarship process. And working for them will be amazing,” he says.
The dealership agrees that there is a good fit. “We’ve tested Caleb and found he has strong mechanical ability. We feel he’s a good, long-term asset to the industry as a diesel technician,” says Kevin Eppinga, business manager at Town & Country Implement
A Hands-On People Person
During the first year of school, Caleb will be focused on his studies, and next summer he’ll do an internship at the dealership. But it’s more than just the technical work that he’s excited about, “I enjoy meeting people, so I’m also looking forward to that as well,” he adds. And that’s a big draw of the job. Caleb intends to stay in the area, working at Town & Country. “I know a lot of people here and that helps a lot in this job,” he says.
When asked what he likes about the business, he says that the appreciation farmers show when you fix their equipment is very satisfying. Caleb also has support for his career choice from home. “My parents encouraged me to do this—to get a hands-on job. They knew it was always ‘kind of me’ in school—what I enjoyed doing. That, and physics class,” he says.
Caleb is excited about what the future holds for him with his new path. “Ever since I was young, I was fascinated by machines and how they work,” he says. “It’s kind of like solving a puzzle, and now I get to make a career out of it. And once you learn it, it’s something you can take pride in.”
About the Scholarship
The EDF was established in 1988 to provide scholarship funding to help meet the industry’s needs for trained individuals. EDF also provides temporary assistance for dealerships and their employees affected by natural disasters. Learn more about EDF here.