ECTC, KAM celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro | ECTC

ECTC, KAM celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro

Elizabethtown Community and Technical College (ECTC) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) are celebrating rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies hiring them.  Just like NFL athletes who go pro, these students prepare for the next level — a good career in the manufacturing field.

“We are very proud to see these industrial athletes start promising careers in high-demand occupations with employers across the region,” said ECTC Dean of Workforce Solutions and Technical Programs Mike Hazzard. “All of our programs are closely aligned with the needs of today’s advanced manufacturers, so employers know an ECTC graduate is ready to go pro.”

This year, ECTC has 526 advanced manufacturing graduates and 36 business partners. The graduates include those who completed programs in Summer 2020, Fall 2020 and Spring 2021. The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) had nearly 3,000 manufacturing grads and 435 business partners. 

Students graduated from the following manufacturing-related programs.

“We’re excited to join KCTCS for this virtual Going Pro event,” said KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo. “The KCTCS colleges offer Kentuckians affordable technical education and direct access to thousands of high-paying jobs across the state. Kentucky would not be the manufacturing and logistics powerhouse it is without the workforce to back up our standing. The programs offered through KCTCS coupled with its apprenticeship to direct-hire jobs are unparalleled. The skilled trades are the foundational and continually-needed jobs of the future. The Kentucky Association of Manufacturers is proud to partner with KCTCS to highlight the workforce of the future through Going Pro.”

Kentucky has 4500 manufacturing facilities employing more than 250,000. According to a 2020 wage and benefits survey from KAM, the overall weighted average wage for participating companies is $23.52 per hour or nearly $49,000 a year.

More information about the graduates and employers are available at