Policy Series Reports

The Kentucky Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is a partnership that was created through Toyota Motor Manufacturing and is now growing to include between 10 and 15 regional manufacturers.  These manufacturers partner with their local community college to operate the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. All students enrolled in KY FAME are sponsored by a participating member of the federation. The students attend classes two days a week and work for their sponsor for pay three days a week. By the end of the program, students attain an associate of applied science (A.A.S.) degree, earn 70 to 80 college credit hours, and have two years of work experience. Students also graduate from the program free of debt, as all fees are paid while the student works. The success of the program has garnered national attention, and in 2013 was awarded first place in the Career Pathways Partnership Excellence Award competition by the National Career Pathways Network.

In an effort to capitalize on the success of the program, Governor Steve Beshear proposed to spend $24 million in General Fund–supported bonds to build an advanced manufacturing training center in Georgetown, KY, which will be associated with the original AMT partner, the Bluegrass Community and Technical College.  This move by the state shows the importance of collaboration with industry partners to increase opportunities for students and workers. At the same time, the Governor called for authorizing $145.5 million in agency bonds for the Kentucky Community and Technical College Systems for up to 75 percent of project costs, sponsoring one project at each of the KCTCS colleges. Efforts are currently underway to expand KY FAME statewide.

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