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Gov. Beshear Announces New Campaign Aimed at Helping Adults to go to College

Never Underestimate You! That’s the mantra behind a new campaign Gov. Andy Beshear announced for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship, an effort to boost education and employability among adults. Multiple Kentucky colleges and universities offer over 350 course offerings in high-demand programs in health care, manufacturing, business and information technology, construction/skilled trades and transportation/logistics. Kentuckians can call 833-711-WRKS or visit https://workreadykentucky.com to receive assistance from advisors on how to enroll in the program. “Building a better Kentucky means supporting educational opportunities for every Kentucky family,”...

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Aviation Safety Resources Announcement of ISO 9001:2015 Quality Certification

NICHOLASVILLE, KY (October 27, 2020) - Aviation Safety Resources, Inc., (ASR), an innovative company that designs, tests, and produces emergency recovery systems for aviation, recently announced that it has passed an ISO 9001:2015 registration audit and is now qualified under the high-level ISO standard. “We have focused on ensuring our quality system performs at the highest level and this qualification solidifies our commitment to meeting our customers’ quality requirements,” said Larry Williams, ASR president and CEO. “Our full product line...

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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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Rising Stars in Manufacturing: Honoring KCTCS Students

October is Manufacturing Month and the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to train thousands of Kentuckians for manufacturing jobs. In fact, KCTCS is the primary provider of manufacturing training in Kentucky. KCTCS has more than 400 advanced manufacturing partners statewide. The 16 colleges align their programs with local business needs, which prepares KCTCS students to walk out of college and into a good paying career. The system also has more than 200 business partners who offer work...

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October is Manufacturing Month!

The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is proud to once again announce that October has been designated as Manufacturing Month in Kentucky, in accordance with the following proclamation by Gov. Beshear: WHEREAS, Manufacturing is the top driver of Kentucky's economy, representing over $38 billion or 17.8 percent of our gross domestic product; and WHEREAS, Over 4,500 Kentucky manufacturers employ more than 250,000 of our family, friends, and neighbors in good-paying jobs with benefits; and WHEREAS, Research shows that the manufacturing industry has a...

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Lawmakers express concerns over proposed increase in food manufacturing fees

Rep. Joe Graviss, D-Versailles, expresses his concern over proposed permit fee increases for food manufacturers that he believes could hurt small businesses and farmers. (Photo: LRC) UPDATE - Agriculture Commissioner Ryan Quarles released a statement following the meeting of the committee: “Earlier today, bipartisan members of the Interim Joint Committee on Agriculture raised questions about an extremely high fee increase by the Beshear Administration’s Food Safety Branch on food manufacturers during the middle of the pandemic. I believe I was the...

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Report: Manufacturing, logistics in Kentucky receive A’s

For Immediate Release                                                            Report: Manufacturing, logistics in Kentucky receive A’s  MUNCIE, Indiana – Kentucky retained a grade of A for its manufacturing sector in a new report from Ball State University.  The 2020 Manufacturing Scorecard from Ball State’s Center for Business and Economic Research (CBER) analyzes how each state ranks among its peers in...

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KAM adds Baptist Health to list of COVID-19 Response Partners

As the COVID-19 crisis has evolved and our every day lives adjust accordingly, employers need innovative solutions to ensure their employees feel safe. That's why KAM teamed up with several crucial partners to offer essential tools for employers to keep their employees Healthy At Work in accordance with Kentucky's COVID-19 employer guidelines: PPE partner SDS offers quick turnaround and competitive pricing for PPE Health Screening partner CrowdBlink Protecthelps employers identify potentially ill employees And now we're excited to announce this latest partnership...

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AKA and KAM Partner to Provide Supplier Sourcing to Kentucky Manufacturers at No Cost

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE JUNE 18, 2020 - The Federal CARES Act provided $630,000 to Advantage Kentucky Alliance (AKA) to help Kentucky manufacturers emerge successfully from the COVID-19 pandemic. Advantage Kentucky Alliance is a statewide, not-for-profit partnership of the Manufacturing Extension Partnership, (MEP National Network™) in Kentucky supported by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST). AKA provides assistance and training to manufacturers across Kentucky and is a close partner of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM).  "We want to be sure...

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KAM joins Kentucky coalition advocating for COVID-19 liability protections for employers

MONDAY, JUNE 15, 2020 - On Friday the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) joined a coalition calling for COVID-19 specific liability protections for Kentucky employers. The coalition, composed of over a dozen statewide organizations representing businesses of all sizes and industries, sent a letter to Governor Beshear on June 12 urging liability protections specific to the COVID-19 pandemic.  "Kentucky businesses and organizations doing everything in their power to keep employees, customers, and all Kentuckians safe must know that if they...

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