ECTC is now accepting applications for the KY FAME program which will start its new session in the Fall 2024 term. The application deadline is March 31, 2024.

KY FAME is a partnership of regional manufacturers whose purpose is to implement apprentice-style training to create a pipeline of highly-skilled workers. The concept offers a five-semester college degree program that matches higher education with continuous real-world experience.

Who should apply

While the program is ideal for recent high school graduates, current manufacturing employees, and military veterans, it is open to anyone who meets the eligibility requirements listed below and wants to pursue high-paying, diverse career options in advanced manufacturing. As a program participant, you will earn a competitive salary while you attend college and potentially graduate debt free! You will attend class full time two days a week and work at your sponsoring manufacturer three days each week. This unique model gives you the chance to apply what you learn in class almost immediately on the manufacturing floor.

KY FAME offers more than college classes. Your coursework will include not only essential hands-on technical training but also instruction in lean manufacturing principles and critical workplace behaviors. You'll graduate with 18 months of work experience, extensive knowledge in electricity, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication and robotics, as well as the personal skills that help you become a stand out employee.

A great career pathway at potentially zero cost to you!

KY FAME industry partners sponsor students in the program resulting in paid work experience which includes hands-on application of class concepts and the chance to observe the best practices of a world-class manufacturer.

Salary and benefits are determined by the individual manufacturer and shared with the student during the selection process. Pay increases are based on work performance evaluation and academic performance. KY FAME students may be eligible for KEES scholarship funding, federal financial aid, WorkReady Kentucky Scholarship and Rotary Scholars funding.

KY FAME program participants must...

  • Be 18 years old as of the first day of class
  • Be a US citizen
  • Demonstrate academic success as measured through grades and assessments
  • Demonstrate math capabilities as measured through ACT scores or other College Placement assessment
  • Commitment to remaining absolutely drug free

To be considered for the program,

  1. Candidates must complete the ECTC admissions application and submit the required documents for admission to the college.
  2. Candidates must complete the FAFSA and KY Work Ready Scholarship application.
  3. Candidates must complete the KY FAME Application and submit the required documents for that application.
  4. Candidates must complete the FAME USA Student Application form found at FAME USA and submit the required documents for that application.

Only applicants who meet the eligibility requirements and submit the required applications and documentation will be sent to the manufacturers for review and selection.


Apply to KY FAME now!

Contact Information

Beth Cassity
Elizabethtown Community and Technical College
OTB, Building 100, Room 107
(270) 706-8610