Local and national leaders and guests from both the manufacturing world and higher education gathered at the Bluegrass Advanced Manufacturing Center to tour the educational facilities for the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program in celebration of National Manufacturing Day Thursday, October 3, 2013 in Georgetown, Ky.
Guests included: Jennifer McNelly, President of The Manufacturing Institute; Tom Zawacki, Secretary of the Kentucky Education and Workforce Development Cabinet; Walt Odisho, Manufacturing Vice-President of Toyota-Georgetown; Greg Higdon, President and CEO of the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers; and students from the AMT program. McNelly spoke about the importance of manufacturing in the United States and the value of educational programs that allow companies to find qualified workers.
The AMT Program began in Fall 2010. Its goal is to produce technicians for advanced manufacturing that are as capable as those from the best technical education programs in the world. This will ensure that U.S. manufacturing has a human talent stream that is better than our toughest global economic competitors. The AMT Program has three major phases: K-12 engagement and recruiting, a two-year college associate degree, and a one to two year internship. Those who successfully complete the program may continue directly into high paying jobs.
The program has expanded to include 8-10 additional area manufacturers who are sponsoring students this fall. Toyota and other manufacturers visit more than 25 high schools each year to promote and recruit for the program. Sponsored students attend class full time two days a week and work at their respective sponsoring manufacturer three days a week.
For more information about the AMT program, visit the AMT Program page.