KCTCS, KAM celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro

KCTCS, KAM celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro

Versailles, Ky. (April 29, 2021)– The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) are celebrating rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies hiring them. Just like NFL athletes who go pro, these students prepare for the next level — a good career in the manufacturing field.

“Every year, KCTCS prepares students to go pro in advanced manufacturing careers that lead to a better life,” KCTCS President Paul Czarapata said. “Because the colleges align their programs with local business needs, graduates are prepared to walk out of college and into a high paying career.

This year, KCTCS had nearly 3,000 manufacturing grads and 435 business partners. Students graduated from the following manufacturing-related programs.

  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Computerized Machining and Manufacturing
  • Welding Technology
  • Engineering and Electronics Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Computer Assisted Drafting
  • Air Conditioning Technology

“We’re excited to join KCTCS for this virtual Going Pro event,” said KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo.  “The KCTCS colleges offer Kentuckians affordable technical education and direct access to thousands of high-paying jobs across the state. Kentucky would not be the manufacturing and logistics powerhouse it is without the workforce to back up our standing. The programs offered through KCTCS coupled with its apprenticeship to direct-hire jobs are unparalleled. The skilled trades are the foundational and continually needed jobs of the future. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is proud to partner with KCTCS to highlight the workforce of the future through Going Pro.”

Kentucky has 4500 manufacturing facilities employing more than 250,000. According to a 2020 wage and benefits survey from KAM, the overall weighted average wage for participating companies is $23.52 per hour or nearly $49,000 a year.

More information about the graduates and employers are available at the Going Pro website.

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is the Commonwealth’s largest postsecondary institution with 16 colleges and more than 70 campuses. We also are Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training, dual credit classes and online education. Through partnerships with business and industry, we align our programs to meet the needs of local employers. Our 16 colleges are united in the commitment to making life better for our students, communities and the citizens of Kentucky. We have served more than one million Kentuckians.

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