Documentary features BCTC's Advanced Manufacturing Technician Program

LEXINGTON, KY. (November 18, 2016) - Called a model of the future for training skilled workers in manufacturing technology, Bluegrass Community and Technical Colleges (BCTC) Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program is featured in a four-part streaming documentary directed by acclaimed Academy Award-winning director Barbara Kopple.

The documentary series was made with help from the new national nonprofit campaign WorkingNation, and features the Toyota plant in Georgetown, KY, where BCTC's AMT students are based. In the current episode, AMT students describe how theyve enjoyed a work-and-learn environment while at Toyota, and the benefits for both sides from the arrangement. Currently, there are 60 students enrolled at the Georgetown AMT program.

This work/study program allows AMT students to work three days a week in a manufacturing environment with their industry sponsor and spend two days a week in a classroom environment, combining components of apprenticeship with hands-on paid work experience. Born out of Toyotas concern for a lack of qualified, skilled technicians who could maintain the increasing complex machinery of manufacturing, Toyota worked with BCTC to create the program from the ground up, which supplies students with real work experience in the field, and supplies Toyota and 16 other manufacturers in the region with a skilled labor force.

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