Lt. Governor Abramson Attends BCTC Manufacturing Career Craze Camp

Today marked the completion of the Kids that Rip Career Craze Camp at the Leestown campus of Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC). Starting on June 23, the free weeklong camp focused on manufacturing, giving 14 middle school students from schools in Fayette County a chance to design and produce their own skateboard using the expertise of BCTC's machine tool technology faculty.

Ryan McCann, 14, a Morton middle school student, applied rip tape to the top of his skateboard. He created a cutout design with faculty assistance using a special laser-etching machine. "They had us create a stencil of the cutout we wanted to use and then they put it on the machine and it cut out the tape using a laser. It was really cool to watch." McCann said. photo of Rip Career Craze Camp

Camp participants showed their finished skateboards to Kentucky Lt. Governor Jerry Abramson, who was on hand to inquire about their experience about what they had learned about the world of manufacturing.

"We need everyone to keep Kentucky economically viable," said Abramson. "Without education, you don't have options in life. There are real career opportunities you can pursue at your community college."

The camp also included a chance for students throughout the week to tour Toyota Manufacturing Kentucky, Inc., (TMMK) in Georgetown, and classroom visits from General Electric and I.B. Moore employees.

Certificates of participation were presented today to the campers by the Lt. Governor, Dr. Augusta A. Julian, President and CEO of BCTC, and Sheila Simpson, coordinator of the camp.

The camp was made possible by an initiative from the Lt. Governor's office in partnership with Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS), and volunteers from the Kentucky Workforce Investment Board. All 16 community and technical colleges across Kentucky will host a career camp this summer. The camps are meant to highlight technical career opportunities in various sectors of manufacturing, utility and healthcare industries.