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KY FAME expands to Greater Owensboro

Will be fifth chapter of KY FAME

FRANKFORT, Ky. (May 26, 2015) — Kentucky’s nationally recognized workforce training program is expanding to Western Kentucky. Gov. Steve Beshear announced today that Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME) is creating a new chapter in the Greater Owensboro region.

kyfame-logo-headerKY FAME is a partnership of manufacturers that have teamed up to address the shortage of technically skilled workers needed in advanced manufacturing. The program offers innovative, apprentice-style education and training designed to create one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world.

KY FAME student participants will enroll in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. Through AMT students attend classes two days per week at Owensboro Community & Technical College (OCTC) and work an additional 24 hours per week for a sponsoring employer. Upon completion of the program, students receive an associate degree in Applied Sciences, and, with the practical skills gained during their paid work experience, most begin full-time employment with the sponsor. Others may decide to further their technical education to obtain bachelor’s degrees in engineering or business.

Greater Owensboro now marks the fifth chapter of KY FAME. Other chapters include the Bluegrass Region (central Kentucky), Greater Louisville, northern Kentucky and Elizabethtown/Lincoln Trail regions. The goal is to eventually expand the program to all corners of the commonwealth.