AMT Program Awarded First Place for Excellence

BCTC and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentuckys Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program in Georgetown won first place for the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award. They will be honored at the 2013 National Career Pathway Network (NCPN) Conference Member Luncheon on Tuesday, October 15 in San Antonio, TX.

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.

Toyota visits schools, promotes Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) programs, and arranges special tours to the manufacturing plant and campus for those in 5th grade, middle, and high school.

The AMT 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.

The National Career Pathways Network (NCPN) assists its education and business members in implementing, evaluating, and improving Career Pathways initiatives by providing a communication network. NCPN strives to compile and share information on exemplary practices; collaborate to develop implementation resources; and foster communication about Career Pathways and other workforce education programs. The Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award, sponsored by Kuder, Inc., emphasizes the importance of career guidance and advising, professional development for educators and employers, and the employer role in providing work-based learning opportunities for students. Kuder, Inc.s mission, to raise student aspirations and provide career options for students and adults through self-assessment and education, aligns with the purpose and qualifications of this award.

For more information about the AMT program, visit theAMT Program page. To find out more about the National Career Pathway Network, visit their website at: