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UK professor selected for team aligning higher education, manufacturing workforce needs

University of Kentucky College of Engineering Associate Professor Fazleena Badurdeen is one of six educators selected for a national expert educator team to align higher education curricula with manufacturing workforce needs. The team was formed by Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT), the Association of Public and Land-grant Universities (APLU), and the National Center for Manufacturing Sciences (NCMS). Fazleena Badurdeen (UK Now Photo) The team will collaborate with LIFT’s technology project teams to identify how colleges and universities can modify curricula and related [...]

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LIFT, KY FAME to roll out teacher externships to connect classroom with manufacturing

Lightweight Innovations For Tomorrow (LIFT) and the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) today announced the pilot of a statewide rollout of a teacher and instructor externship program with the state’s manufacturers. The statewide pilot follows the successful 2015 externship program in which LIFT and KY FAME teamed with the Northern Kentucky Industry Council. In the statewide pilot, LIFT, a Manufacturing USA institute, and KY FAME are working to help up to 135 teachers and instructors connect classroom learning [...]

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Majority Leader Jonathan Shell Passes Workforce Development Legislation Requiring ‘Essential Skills’ in K-12 Education

Today, the House passed a critical measure to provide K-12 students with an essential skills curriculum, which includes vital skills for anyone entering the workforce. House Bill 454, sponsored by Rep. Jonathan Shell, R-Lancaster, requires the Kentucky Department of Education to develop this curriculum for all school districts for the 2017-2018 school year. These skills include the following: adaptability, diligence, initiative, knowledge, reliability, working well with others, and remaining drug free. Specifically as it relates to drugs, this bill directs [...]

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Week 4 – Regular Session (2017)

Although last week was a short work week due to the President’s Day holiday, the General Assembly spent many hours debating and voting on bills in both the House and Senate. Thus far, the House has passed nearly 80 bills and the Senate has passed nearly 50 bills this session. We expect both chambers to finalize action on bills that are still in their originating chamber by the middle of this week. With twelve legislative days remaining, we anticipate [...]

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MakeTime CEO to Highlight Manufacturing Startup’s Growth at The MFG Meeting

MakeTime founder and CEO, Drura Parrish, has been invited to speak about his Lexington, Ky-based startup at this year’s The MFG Meeting on March 24, 2017 at 10am in Amelia Island, Florida. The annual manufacturing event, hosted by the Association for Manufacturing Technology (AMT) and National Tooling and Machining Association (NTMA), brings manufacturers and suppliers together from around the world to discuss and address industry challenges. As rapidly accelerating technologies threaten long-established business models and markets, MakeTime’s Parrish is [...]

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Dinsmore Highly Ranked as Bond and Underwriter’s Counsel in 2016

Dinsmore & Shohl LLP earned high marks, ranking 13th nationally as bond counsel, in the recently released statistics published by The Bond Buyer. Dinsmore also earned No. 1 rankings in Kentucky and Ohio for dollar volume and was first in Pennsylvania for the number of transactions. Thomson Reuters compiles transaction data for The Bond Buyer. Nationally, Dinsmore completed 299 deals totaling $7.239 billion. The firm served as bond counsel on 103 issues totaling $2.863 billion to earn the No. 1 [...]

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MakerMinded Goes Live in Kentucky

Today LIFT – Lightweight Innovations for Tomorrow, a national manufacturing institute, in partnership with Tennessee Tech University’s iCube, the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers and the Foundation for Kentucky Industry unveiled MakerMinded, a new online STEM learning and competition platform.  The multi-pronged platform will help impassion students about advanced manufacturing and provide them with transformational STEM learning experiences that set them on track towards 21st century manufacturing careers.  Kentucky and Tennessee are the first states to launch this national initiative. MakerMinded’s [...]

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OCTC GO FAME & GO CAREERS Recognized as the Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year

Congratulations to Owensboro Community & Technical College GO FAME and GO CAREERS for their recognition as the Education and Workforce Development Program of the Year at the Greater Owensboro Chamber of Commerce’s 2017 Chamber Celebration on January 27! Check out the video below to learn more about the program. About Go FAME: GO FAME is the Greater Owensboro Chapter of KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program adopted from Toyota’s nationally recognized training program. [...]

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Kentucky Shatters Export Record at $29.24 Billion in 2016

Kentucky’s exports broke an all-time record in 2016 with $29.24 billion in goods and services shipped abroad from the Commonwealth, a 5.8-percent increase from 2015, Gov. Matt Bevin recently announced. Aerospace products and parts led all categories with more than $10.85 billion in goods exported internationally, an increase of more than 24 percent over 2015. Kentucky ranked second nationally for 2016 in aerospace-related exports. “Kentucky is headed in the right direction and the business community is taking notice. This new record [...]

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Reinvestment Project at Whitworth Tool to Create 50 Jobs in Hardinsburg

Whitworth Tool Inc., a manufacturer of precision-machined components for the tool and die industry, plans to invest $3.58 million in its Hardinsburg headquarters, creating 50 full-time jobs, Gov. Matt Bevin announced today. “We are grateful to the owners of Whitworth Tool for their decision to reinvest and add more jobs here in Kentucky,” said Gov. Bevin. “Companies, like Whitworth, have gained tremendous success by locating and expanding in the commonwealth. They are living proof that Kentucky is the engineering and [...]

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