It’s only natural for father and son, Troy and Caleb Estes, to have friendly competitions. It’s that ambitious drive that has led them to the classroom.
Troy, 50, and Caleb, 20, are enrolled in the industrial maintenance program at Bluegrass Community and Technical College Advanced Technology Center in Georgetown. Caleb enrolled in the program because he saw how much his dad enjoys his career. Troy, who works at Toyota, decided to obtain his associate’s degree in industrial technology because he was only three classes away from completing the Toyota skills development program 10 years ago.
“I thought, if he (Caleb) wants to do this, I’ll finish mine,” Troy said, and he added with a smile: “It was a push, I guess. I can’t let him out do me. I can’t be this close and let him be my boss one day, I got to beat that.”
Also, the convenient location of the Advanced Manufacturing Center made it easier for Troy to go back to college. The campus is minutes away from the Estes’ Scott County home. BCTC will build a Georgetown-Scott County Campus building at the Lane’s Run Business Park off Cynthiana Road; part of the building will be the Advanced Manufacturing Center, an area that will simulate a factory floor where students will learn cutting-edge manufacturing skills.
“If this was not available here, I don’t know if I would be here doing this,” Troy said. The industrial maintenance program gives students a solid foundation no matter their work experience. Students get hands-on training and work with the latest technology.
“You can talk about it, and then you can do it,” said Caleb about classroom and lab work.
Troy has been able to work with the latest industrial maintenance technology at the Advanced Manufacturing Center.
“One thing about this particular trade, you have to stay on top of the technology or you become a dinosaur if you don’t,” Troy said. “You’ll eventually work into a niche and you’ll get comfortable, but you’ll gather dust.”
Troy doesn’t see the friendly competition with his son ending after they graduate – Troy hopes to push his son to get a bachelor’s degree in engineering. Caleb doesn’t mind the pressure.
“Going to school here has greatly influenced me to keep going to further my education,” Caleb said. “All the classes are enjoyable and the instructors are enjoyable, and I really enjoy learning.”