Chase Michael Platts of Springville has been awarded a scholarship by Thompson Tractor to pursue an Associate’s Degree as a Caterpillar Dealer Service Technician at South Georgia Technical College in Americus, Ga.

Platts has been accepted in the College’s Southeastern Caterpillar Dealers College of Technology for the fall semester.

He graduated in 2014 from Springville High School with an advanced diploma and was a member of Skills USA. Platts is currently employed by Thompson Tractor of Birmingham and is the son of Mike Platts of Argo.

The Southeastern Caterpillar Dealers College of Technology was established in 2001 by the joining of resources from Caterpillar dealers in Alabama, Florida, Georgia, Mississippi and Tennessee. The degree program consists of eight weeks of intensive study of heavy equipment technology, fundamentals of mechanical, electronic and hydraulic application, alternating with eight weeks of practical experience working in Thompson Tractor’s shops to reinforce what was learned during the class and lab training.

This alternating continues through the time required to earn a degree. Platts will be performing his internship at Thompson’s Birmingham Branch.

Thompson Tractor is the Caterpillar Dealer for Alabama and the Western Panhandle of Florida. Thompson sells and services Caterpillar machines, engines and lift trucks.

The Associates Degree program is part of the Caterpillar THINK BIG program, receiving technical support from Caterpillar, the world’s largest manufacturer of heavy equipment and diesel engines. The scholarship and related work cycles is worth over $27,000.