Through KY FAME, you have the opportunity to invest in the next generation of advanced manufacturers by providing them the specific on-the-job training you need to remain globally competitive.

Regional KY FAME chapters connect manufacturers with high-achieving high school students and veterans to ensure an ongoing supply of well-trained employees remains available. Participating companies provide part-time, hands-on work experience while local community colleges reinforce necessary skills with classroom experience specifically chosen by employers.

At the end of the program, students will have earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology-Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track, certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) and two years of work experience – ready to enter your workforce full time with all the skills needed to succeed.

What are the benefits of being a KY FAME member?

KY FAME companies form partnerships with local educational institutions to ensure a continuous pipeline of skilled manufacturers. Company sponsors also have the opportunity to hire students into full-time positions at the completion of the program.

How are students selected for the program?

Companies recruit high achieving high school graduates with STEM backgrounds, current employees and veterans. Candidates complete and submit an application for acceptance into the program.

What are a company’s obligations to the program?

Over the course of the program, company sponsors commit to providing valuable work experience, including competitive pay, hands-on instruction and a flexible schedule. Most students earn $25,000-$30,000, enough to cover the costs of tuition.

KY FAME is a win for small businesses. Many small businesses have limited budgets, and KY FAME gives me a hands-on labor force at a competitive cost. The program has really helped my company thrive in central Kentucky.

Danette Wilder, President & CEO, SealingLife Technology

How do I join?

Contact Josh Benton at the Cabinet for Economic Development.

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