Rising Star: Jennifer HamptonKAM
NAME: Jennifer Hampton
SCHOOL: Elizabethtown Community & Technical College
AREA OF STUDY: Computerized Manufacturing and Machining
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: Metallica Scholar
Jennifer Hampton, a student at Elizabethtown Community and Technical College, has been recognized as an exceptional student by the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers during October, which is Manufacturing Month. Jennifer is thrilled with the opportunity that manufacturing offers her. In August Jennifer was one of 60 ECTC students awarded a scholarship from the Metallica Scholars Initiative for advanced manufacturing.
“Enrolling in the Computerized Manufacturing and Machining program has been one of the most rewarding things I have done for myself and my three children! After 13 years with a brake manufacturing company I realized I wanted to learn more and felt a need to step out and see what this world had to offer, or what I may have to offer the world,” said Jennifer. “As manufacturing advances, the technology behind it grows immensely too. The need for a human component can and has been replaced by robotics. But that opens a new door needing someone to program, run and maintain the robotics. Pursuing a higher education was the only way to go. The staff at ECTC has done an amazing job opening doors and guiding me on a path to success. Opening my own machine shop here in Elizabethtown is now one of my near future goals. I know those are big shoes to fill, but my advisors and teachers are giving their students all the necessary tools and knowledge to succeed! Getting my hands dirty has always meant that the extra mile was taken for that job. The experience of manual machining with the CMM program at ECTC has personally played a big role in my future career goals and the advanced computerized machining skills being taught adds support and opportunity to those ambitions! One of my instructors once said ‘I will not let you fail an assignment, I will have you redo it. You are here to learn and it’s my job to teach you.’ that could mean nothing more than success!”