A Salute to Kentucky’s Manufacturers

As Manufacturing Month is winding down, I wanted to make sure our industry partners know how much we appreciate them. Our colleges have key partnerships with manufacturers around the state to help our students train for local jobs. Or as Greg Higdon, president of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers, likes to say, preparing our graduates for “careers” in manufacturing. As industry needs change, we continue to look for better ways to align our program curriculum to meet their training needs.

It’s no secret that Kentucky employers have too many good jobs that go unfilled because they can’t find qualified workers. This is especially true in the manufacturing field. That’s where programs like the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, or KY FAME, come in. KY FAME is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement dual-track, apprenticeship-style training that will create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. Our colleges partner with manufacturers to offer the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, which has become popular because it leads to employment in good paying careers in manufacturing.

Manufacturing today is very different than what our parents and grandparents experienced. Technology has revolutionized manufacturing. Through programs like KY FAME, we’re showing today’s generation they can use their technology skills while working in a clean environment, earning a good salary without a four-year degree.

 Most jobs in Kentucky require some type of postsecondary credential, and the job market is ripe for those who’ve obtained them. The good news is KCTCS offers more than 200 programs that can be completed in less than four months, many of which lead to jobs that pay up to $60,000. Help us spread the word about this great opportunity!

 Many thanks to our manufacturing partners. We appreciate all you do for our colleges and the communities they serve.

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