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Published on : Jan 29, 2015

Chip Blankenship, CEO of GE Appliances announced his plan to form a partnership with Technical College and Jefferson Community to bridge the gap between skilled manufacturing labor and unmet demand in the industry.

According to a report published by Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, there are about 600,000 jobs that have to be filled in with skilled manufacturing workers. The report further states, the salary range for these jobs is between US$30,000 to $80,000. 

Greg Fischer, the mayor stated finding ways to bridge is gap is absolutely necessary not just for the city, but also for the region as a whole to survive in the world economy.

Advanced Manufacturing Technician program students will now study towards acquiring a degree in applied science in advanced manufacturing technology with JCTC. This program was initially started by Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky and is now run by other manufacturers in the state. The students will be given an opportunity to attend lab and class work for two day in a week, while the remaining three days will be spent in working for a sponsor company at a competitive wage.

At the end of five semesters the students will have an associate degree, college credit of about 68 to 71 hours, approximate hand on experience worth 1,800 hours, and ideally very little student loan to pay off. Additionally, the program also offers an opportunity to students to work for the company they were interning with as full-time employees or pursue a full four-year degree.

The program will teach students to master skills of fluid power, electricity, robotics, mechanics, industrial troubleshooting, and fabrication.