"Going Pro" Signing Day | ECTC

"Going Pro" Signing Day

On May 17, 2019 rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies they’ll be working for will participate in the first ever Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro Signing Day. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) will sponsor celebrations for new hires in advanced manufacturing at all 16 KCTCS colleges across the state.

Companies participating at ECTC include: AGC, Altec, Akebono, and Metalsa. The event begins at 9 a.m. in room 212 of the Regional Postsecondary Center, with light refreshments available at 8:30 a.m.

 Signees are recent graduates from one of seven fields that support advanced manufacturing.

 ·         Industrial Maintenance

·         Computerized Machining and Manufacturing

·         Welding Technology

·         Engineering and Electronics Technology

·         Electrical Technology

·         Computer Assisted Drafting

·         Air Conditioning Technology

 KCTCS is the primary provider of manufacturing training in Kentucky. In the last year, more than 2,400 graduates were prepared to go pro in high paying, in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing that lead to a better life. The colleges align their programs with local business needs, which prepares KCTCS students to walk out of college and into a high paying career.

 “Right now, there are thousands of open positions in advanced manufacturing, and employers are having difficulty filling these jobs because of a lack of trained workers,” said KCTCS President Jay K. Box. “KCTCS is the solution to this because we offer relevant programs based on what employers tell us they need. We’re also looking at innovative ways to get our students trained and into the workforce faster.”

 KCTCS has more than 300 advanced manufacturing partners statewide and 135 business partners who offer work and learn experiences through the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME.)

 Although salaries vary by job and company, the Statewide Occupational Employment Wages data provided by the Kentucky Center for Statistics shows the average starting salary is nearly $34,000 with a median annual salary of $51,000.

 More information is available at the Going Pro website.