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National report shows KCTCS earn-and-learn program, KY FAME, has outstanding outcomes

Versailles, Ky. – Programmable logic controllers and robotics may not sound like areas of study most people would think of when it comes to manufacturing. But for Brad Copeland, a 35-year-old employee of Vanderbilt Chemicals in Murray, they are part of his daily job. Copeland is a recent graduate of West Kentucky Community and Technical College’s (WKCTC) Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) program. KY FAME is an earn-and-learn program in which the colleges of the Kentucky Community...

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Perfetti Van Melle Makes Life Sweeter in Northern Kentucky

As an essential food industry business, throughout this pandemic year, Perfetti Van Melle has been running its production and warehouse facilities in Erlanger, Kentucky at nearly full capacity 24/7 making and distributing Airheads and Mentos candy. The company’s North America headquarters and factory are housed in one campus, while distribution and warehousing are in a nearby state-of-the-art facility that opened in May 2019. Growth and expansion in Kentucky Under the leadership of Sylvia Buxton, President and CEO, and the local Perfetti...

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Rising Star: Terry Scruggs

NAME: Terry Scruggs SCHOOL: Somerset Community College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance LEARN MORE: October is Manufacturing Month and Somerset Community College (SCC) is proud to train students for jobs in advanced manufacturing. While earning an Industrial Maintenance Technology degree at SCC is the immediate goal of Terry Scruggs, his future plans are a whole lot higher ... and a whole lot faster. “I’d like to work for a company called Boom,” he says. The new business is building “a supersonic airplane ... a...

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Rising Star: Damian Nole

NAME: Damian Nole SCHOOL: Henderson Community College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance, HCC FAME program SPONSORING COMPANY: Shamrock Technologies ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Damian is a recipient of the Liberty Square Trade Scholarship from Independence Bank, and he is a Dean’s List student. LEARN MORE: Damian Nole, an HCC FAME student in the 2019 cohort, is currently being sponsored by Shamrock Technologies. When we asked Damian about his story, and why he chose the FAME program, his story really moved us. “Well, I guess the biggest part...

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Rising Star: Carlin Farler

NAME: Carlin Farler SCHOOL: Hazard Community & Technical College AREA OF STUDY: Welding Technology LEARN MORE:  Carlin S. Farler said he is going to go after every certificate available in the Welding Technology Program at Hazard Community and Technical College (HCTC), in addition to earning his associate degree. He is keeping his eye on gaining employment and he knows that getting the training at HCTC is the way to help him do that. Farler enrolled in classes in January after being laid off...

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Rising Star: Sean Hill

NAME: Sean Hill SCHOOL: Gateway Technical & Community College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance EMPLOYER: Bosch LEARN MORE:  How did you learn about NKYFAME and Gateway? I learned about NKYFAME and Gateway from a Bosch Human Resource’s Bulletin Board. Why did you apply to the program? I applied to the NKYFAME and Gateway program to expand my skill set and increase my long-term job opportunities. What are you doing at Bosch and what does your daily work look like there? I am part of the maintenance staff at...

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Rising Star: Lucas Mollett

NAME: Lucas Mollett SCHOOL: Big Sandy Technical & Community College AREA OF STUDY: Air Conditioning Technology LEARN MORE: Lucas Ryan Mollett is in his 2nd year studying HVAC on the Hager Hill Campus at BSCTC. Heating, air-conditioning, and refrigeration mechanics and installers held about 231,000 jobs in 2011; the majority worked for plumbing, heating, and air-conditioning contractors. The rest were employed in a variety of industries throughout the country, reflecting a widespread dependence on climate-control systems. Some worked for fuel oil dealers, refrigeration and air-conditioning...

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Rising Star: Matthew Miller

NAME: Matthew Miller SCHOOL: Maysville Community & Technology College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance EMPLOYER: JennMar ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Wants to be an electrical engineer LEARN MORE:  How did you learn about and MCTC?  I graduated with my GED last year and my instructor at SkillsU encouraged me to enroll at MCTC. My wife has also wanted me to go back to school for a long time.       Why did you apply to the program?  I wanted to find a career that paid well and had good job security....

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Rising Star: Frank Hall

NAME: Frank Hall SCHOOL: Jefferson Community & Technical College AREA OF STUDY: Industrial Maintenance EMPLOYER: Clariant ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Received a Kentucky WorkReady Scholarship LEARN MORE: October is Manufacturing Month and Jefferson Community and Technical College, part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), is proud to train thousands of Kentuckians for manufacturing jobs. As a statewide system, KCTCS is the primary provider of manufacturing training in Kentucky. KCTCS collaborates with more than 400 advanced manufacturing partners statewide. The 16 Colleges within the System align...

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Rising Star: Adam Brewer

NAME: Adam Brewer SCHOOL: Southeast Kentucky Technical & Community College AREA OF STUDY: Machine Tool Technology LEARN MORE:  Adam Brewer is student in the Machine Tool program on the Harlan Campus of Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College. Machinists have a hand in creating the parts for cars, the equipment in doctors office, the shoes in your closet and just about anything else you can think of. SKCTC's Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program prepares students with courses in conventional machining and computer numerical...

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