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Linn State hosts Caterpillar’s ThinkBig Global Conference

During the week of May 20, Linn State Technical College welcomed educators from 10 countries, representing 21 universities from around the world.  Over 70 individuals attended the Caterpillar ThinkBig Global Conference, May 21-23. 

Ramiro Bouroncle-Ferreyros, of Lima, Peru, was eager to attend the conference.  For him it was an opportunity to network with instructors and to share experiences.  “I want to see what others are doing for improvement,” he said.  “I always take something back with me that I can use at our college.”

“This is all about education and being consistent in our outcomes regardless of country or society,” said Steve Hitch, ThinkBig Manager for Caterpillar’s Global Manpower Development. 

“The global conference is about instructors and administrators from around the globe sharing best practices,” said Hitch. “It is an opportunity to share their stories and learn from those stories.”

While attending the conference, attendees had the opportunity to experience the culture and heritage of Central Missouri.   Tuesday evening participants traveled to Hermann, Missouri for a tour of the Hermannhof Winery which included a wine tasting and dinner.   Wednesday evening included a tour of the Missouri State Capitol with dinner in the rotunda.

“This was a once in a lifetime opportunity for Linn State,” said Steve Doede, Director of Industry Relations for Linn State and coordinator of the ThinkBig Global Conference.  “It allowed us to showcase our facilities, our faculty and equipment, and share with others some of the things we are doing to make our program great.”

“Linn State has had a special relationship with Caterpillar for many years,” said Doede.  “Our relationship has grown to a point that we have become a trusted friend and for that reason we were selected to host this conference.”

Linn State’s ThinkBIG program is one of eleven in the nation. The college was the fourth college to be selected by Caterpillar to have a ThinkBig program.  The program teaches students how to service CAT equipment using cutting-edge diagnostic and maintenance systems, advanced technologies and high-tech tools.

Linn Sate Technical College is Missouri’s only state technical college.  Hands-on technical courses balanced with a strong foundation in communication, problem solving, decision-making and critical thinking prepare graduates for profitable employment and a life of learning.  

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