ECTC awarded $300,000 to expand career training for transitioning soldiers | ECTC

ECTC awarded $300,000 to expand career training for transitioning soldiers

Published on Apr 6, 2021

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College has been awarded a $300,000 grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to support expansion of the Advanced Manufacturing Army Career Skills Program (CSP). Through a partnership with Fort Knox, the Career Skills Program offers training to transitioning soldiers so they are certified to begin careers in computer aided drafting and design, electrical technology, and engineering and electronics technology.

The three-year Advanced Technological Education grant will allow ECTC to add a robotics and automation certification pathway and support a Career Skills Program Coordinator who will facilitate recruitment and retention plans.

ECTC faculty played a key role in securing this competitive grant. Professors Tim Cordova and Brent Doty were selected to participate in the National Science Foundation’s Mentor Connect program in 2019, which provides training and technical assistance to organizations seeking NSF grant funding. 

“The grant allows us to provide an even higher level of service to our military community and our region’s advanced manufacturing employers,” said Doty, a computer aided drafting and design professor. “We look forward to connecting more veterans and transitioning soldiers from the global Army community with in-demand careers thanks to our partnerships with Fort Knox and NSF.”

Throughout 2020, Cordova and Doty worked closely with staff, faculty, employers and community partners to develop a program that addresses the need for advanced manufacturing skills while providing a training pathway for transitioning soldiers.

“This training pathway provides transitioning soldiers — men and women well known for their work ethic and leadership — the technical skills they need to succeed in today’s advanced manufacturing industry,” said Cordova, an electrical technology professor. “We’re very excited about the opportunities ahead for CSP participants and their future employers.”

Applications for the new Career Skills Program Coordinator position can be submitted at https://careers.kctcs.edu/.

To learn more about ECTC’s Advanced Manufacturing Army Career Skills Program, contact Lisa Hinton at lhinton0009@kctcs.edu or call 270-706-8853.