First National AMT Conference Held at BCTC's Advanced Manufacturing Center
BCTC's Advanced Manufacturing Center in Georgetown co-hosted the first Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Conference with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky May 20 and 21, 2014.
BCTC's AMT students led the Parade of Programs session Wednesday followed by AMT students from Bridgemont CTC, West Virginia; Vincennes University, Indiana; and Alamo College, Texas.
Students from West Virginia, Indiana, and Texas are sponsored by their local Toyota manufacturing plant. The Kentucky AMT program has expanded to include several manufacturing sponsors, all members of KY FAME.
Along with the overview of their program, the students (Dalton Ballard sponsored by TMMK, Emily Houston, sponsored by 3M, Brooke Lowery sponsored by Montaplast, and Travis Brumagen sponsored by Central Motor Wheel of America) presented their experiences both in the classroom and at their individual sponsoring locations. The students stated that the opportunity to learn together in the open manufacturing environment along with the mentoring they receive from their sponsors greatly enhanced their learning.
This conference was an opportunity for students to learn from each other and network while the colleges and partner companies presented their best practices in the program. AMT students participated in several of their own breakout sessions including Jeopardy, verbal communication exercises, an AMT roundtable, and an AMT meet and greet.
Keynote speakers included: Jennifer McNelly, President, The Manufacturing Institute; Mark Mitsui, Deputy Assistant Secretary of U.S. Department of Education; Dr. James R. Stone, Director, National Research Center for Career and Technical Education; and Rex Bolinger, Senior Vice President and Chief Development Officer, National Project Lead the Way, along with other presenters.
BCTC's partners in the KY Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), including Link Belt, 3M, Central Motor Wheel of America, Sealing Life, also engaged in the activities to advance the objectives of the AMT Program the FAME collaborative.
Over 100 participants from across the US attended the conference held at BCTC and Toyota's North America Production Support Center. Plans are underway for next years conference to be held in West Virginia.
For more information about the AMT program at BCTC, visit the campus website.