OWENSBORO, Ky. — Owensboro Community & Technical College’s GO FAME is hosting a virtual open house and employer panel discussion for new students interested in starting the program on March 30, at 5:30 p.m. via Zoom, direct link, meeting ID 930 199 09269. This virtual event will include a tour of the facility, a program overview, and a question and answer panel discussion featuring GO FAME companies and students. Classes begin August 16, 2021.
OCTC’s GO FAME program began in 2015 and was modeled from Toyota’s nationally recognized training program. Since that time, 58 students have earned an Associate in Applied Science degree as Advanced Manufacturing Technicians, with more on target to graduate in May. GO FAME students attend college classes two days per week and work in a manufacturing facility three days per week. In addition to paying the students an hourly wage sponsoring companies cover the equivalency of 50% of the students out of pocket tuition. Students are paired with a mentor at the worksite, who serves as a guide and role model throughout the program.
Employers benefit from developing highly skilled technicians who understand a unique job function and become integrated into the organization’s overall culture and business practices. OCTC expanded the highly successful GO FAME model to include Computerized Manufacturing and Machining.
“This model continues to be highly successful for the students and the sponsoring companies,” added Katie Vincent, Director of Employer Engagement for OCTC’s Workforce Solutions division.
Companies currently sponsoring GO FAME students include Waupaca Foundry, Toyotetsu MidAmerica, Metalsa Owensboro Inc., ADM Industries Inc., Whitworth Tool Inc., Industrial Mold & Machine Co., Omico Plastics Inc., Big Rivers Electric Corporation, Regional Water Resource Agency, Unifirst, and U.S. Bank.
Companies interested in joining the GO FAME Chapter should contact Katie Vincent at [email protected] 270-686-4423.
GO FAME is currently accepted applications to begin in August 2021, for both the AMT and CMM track. The deadline to apply has been extended until May 3, 2021.