Rising Star: Frank Hall

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

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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 their programs with input from local businesses and industries, preparing graduates for high-wage careers in high-demand industry sectors.

The System also collaborates more than 200 business partners statewide who offer work-and-learn experiences through the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME). KY FAME is a partnership of manufacturers whose purpose is to implement apprenticeship-style educational programs that create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. Students in the program attend a KCTCS college two days per week and then work for their sponsoring employer three days per week. Students earn wages while employed at the sponsoring company and potentially graduate debt-free.

“I am 100 percent a hands-on learner. If I learn it and use it, what I’ve learned sticks with me so much better,” Frank Hall, Jefferson Community & Technical College and KY FAME student, said. “Being a Jefferson student in the KY FAME program, while working at Clariant, has been a valuable learning experience for me because I’m gaining a variety of skill through the different classes, collaborating with other students and working for my employer at the same time.”

“Being part of the program has been a great opportunity for me to be able to work in the manufacturing field and learn, while not going into debt for college. With the WorkReady Scholarship and a paying job, I’m able to pay for college and get my foot in the door as a manufacturer working in the maintenance field.”

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