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BCTC, KAM Celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro Signing Day

Today, rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies they'll be working for participated in the first ever Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro Signing Day at Bluegrass Community and Technical College's (BCTC) Georgetown-Scott County Campus. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) sponsored celebrations for new hires in advanced manufacturing at all 16 KCTCS colleges across the state.

Derrick Ramsey, Kentucky Secretary of Education and Workforce Development, Dr. Jay Box, KCTCS president, Lee Lingo, KAM executive director, legislators and other special guests joined BCTC President Akakpo in celebrating 24 graduates who signed on with local employers for a career in advanced manufacturing. Signees and companies participating in today's event at BCTC are:

  • Markus Burke, Montaplast
  • Joseph Esingila, Montaplast
  • Walter Joseph, Montaplast
  • Simeon Karamoko, Montaplast
  • Logan Scott, Montaplast
  • Forrest Hunter, Montaplast
BCTC Graduates signed with Montaplast
  • Dakota Barrett, Toyota
  • Matthew Blancet, Toyota
  • Cameron Brangers, Toyota
  • Braden Burford, Toyota
  • Tristan Ellington, Toyota
  • Adam Gibbs, Toyota
  • Andrew Jackson, Toyota
  • Julie Jackson, Toyota
  • Emily Keene, Toyota
  • Ben Northcutt, Toyota
  • Zachary Pyle, Toyota
  • Logan Shewmaker, Toyota
  • Alexander Short, Toyota
  • Jonathan Swicegood, Toyota
  • Cameron Tinnell, Toyota
  • Braiden Thacker, Toyota
  • Jonathan Thomas, Toyota
  • Willis Willhoite, Toyota 
BCTC Graduates signed with Toyota

"We are so proud of our students for the hard work they have put in preparing for their new careers," said Dr. Koffi Akakpo, BCTC president. "We also thank our business partners who assist our students with their education and give them a pathway into their careers. Most of all, we value this partnership with KAM and the manufacturers in our service area because together we strengthen the local economy and help students realize their better lives for the betterment of the community."

Every year, BCTC prepares students to go pro in high paying, in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing that lead to a better lives. Because BCTC aligns its programs with local business needs, our students are prepared to walk out of college and into a high paying career.

In the last year, 116 BCTC students graduated from the following programs prepared to work in manufacturing or other related careers.

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

BCTC has many advanced manufacturing partners and 26 business partners who offer work and learn experiences through the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME).

Although salaries vary by job and company, the Statewide Occupational Employment Wages data provided by the Kentucky Center for Statistics shows the average starting salary in manufacturing is nearly $34,000, with a median annual salary of $51,000.

More information and videos from today's event are available at the Going Pro website.

If you are interested in learning more about the programs listed above that can lead to a great career, visit the BCTC programs page. BCTC is enrolling now for summer and fall classes.