Elizabethtown Community and Technical College and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers are celebrating rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies that are hiring them. 

“Just like NFL athletes who go pro, these students prepare for the next level — a good career in the manufacturing field,” according to a news release.

“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 had nearly 3,000 manufacturing graduates and 435 business partners.  

Students graduated from the following manufacturing-related programs:

• Industrial maintenance 

• Computerized machining and manufacturing  

• Welding technology 

• Engineering and electronics technology 

• Electrical technology 

• Computer-aided drafting and design 

• Air conditioning technology 

“The KCTCS colleges offer Kentuckians affordable technical education and direct access to thousands of high-paying jobs across the state,” said Kentucky Association of Manufacturers Executive Director Lee Lingo in the release. “Kentucky would not be the manufacturing and logistics powerhouse it is without the workforce to back up our standing.”

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 goingpro.kctcs.edu.

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