Ky. expands program giving student credit for skilled jobs

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GEORGETOWN, Ky. (AP) — A state program that lets community college students earn credit while working manufacturing jobs will expand to Louisville, northern Kentucky and Elizabethtown.

Kentucky has lots of skilled manufacturing jobs, but it doesn’t have enough qualified people to fill them. Officials started the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education program four years ago to train workers how to work in high-skilled manufacturing plants.

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The program is only available in central Kentucky. So far, 40 students have completed the program and another 60 are enrolled. Sixteen companies, including Toyota and Commonwealth Tool, use the program.

Democratic Gov. Steve Beshear created a board of directors to expand the program into other areas of the state. Board members include representatives from Toyota, 3M, Kellogg and Wacker Chemical.

 

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