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National Academy of Railroad Sciences Testimonials

NARS alumni share how the railroad training program at Johnson County Community College prepared them for their jobs in the railroad industry.

Greg Ambuehl

"The railroad conductor program at NARS prepared me academically 100 percent and gave me exposure to the hands-on work you perform as a conductor. The added workplace skills portion was not only as important as the conductor curriculum, it may have made the difference in me getting an interview and nailing it."

— Greg Ambuehl

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Michelline Smith

"I’m confident because the NARS instructors took us through the exercises step by step and made sure every student ‘got it.’ They made learning really fun, too. Teaching the course isn’t just a paycheck to them; they really care about their students."

— Michelline Smith

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Nicholas Carey

"I was a little apprehensive at first … and it turns out, I’ve really loved this whole experience."

— Nicholas Carey


Lawrence Southern

"Take this class. You should definitely take this class. … This is one of the best careers you could possibly ever have, going into the railroad industry. That’s what I would say. If you’re passionate about the railroad, you’ll have a lot of fun."

— Lawrence Southern


Kim Preston

"I would say, if you’re considering anything in the railroad, at all, you definitely want to do this. You’re going to get a job. You’re going to get a job, if you do well. So treat it like your job, understand that you are here to learn and the changes it will make in your life is just amazing."

— Kim Preston


John Daley

"Every single day when I go to work (in the railroad industry), I think about, ‘I did this at NARS. I did that at NARS. I used to do that at NARS. I did this at NARS,’ so yes, every single aspect of the job, you learn here at NARS, whether it’s in the classroom and/or out in the field."

— John Daley


Matt House

"Eventually, I want to go into management. NARS really prepared me for everything there is to know with BNSF."

— Matt House


Jeremy Lohrmeyer

"The NARS program allowed me to be successful in my conductor training once I was hired with the railroad. It was a great program. It gave me my foot in the door, which is what I was looking for, and then it started the career and life that I have now."

— Jeremy Lohrmeyer