On behalf of the 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, I would like to share how excited we are about the opportunities that KY-FAME provides both students and employers. Through KY FAME, Toyota and our Bluegrass Community and Technical College began offering the Advanced Manufacturing Technician credential several years ago and have seen this apprentice-style or “work-and-learn” model gain national recognition for its innovative weekly schedule of two days in class and three days working in the plant. As the number one provider of workforce training and technical education in the state, we are committed to the expansion of KY-FAME and other new and flexible ways of addressing the critical shortage of skilled workers in manufacturing and other occupations.
In today’s global society and economy, the people capable of designing, operating and servicing equipment enabled through technology have become the differentiating resource required for economic development. However as we all are too well aware, Kentucky continues to struggle to keep up with the number of skilled workers needed to support manufacturing and the state’s other targeted industry sectors.
Since our inception in 1998, KCTCS has embraced its mission to be the primary provider of workforce education and training for Kentucky. In 2013-2014 we worked with 5,572 companies, trained 49,089 employees and administered 84,940 workplace assessments. In addition, last year KCTCS produced 1,674 graduates in manufacturing-related fields alone. We are dedicated to the creation of a skilled workforce and quality of community life, place and economy. We are committed to educating graduates for jobs that pay family sustainable wages and add value to both their employer and their communities. And we strongly believe that new and innovative programs like KY-FAME will play a key role in our ability to advance this mission.
KCTCS is proud to be a partner in KY-FAME and is committed to support the KY-FAME chapters across the Commonwealth. Thank you so much for this opportunity.