Similar to the NFL draft, Hopkinsville Community College and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers are celebrating rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies hiring them.

Community Workforce and Economic Development Chief Carol Kirves said, “Our HCC Workforce team is proud to work with the students as they pursue their career goals.”

There were 25 manufacturing graduates from HCC and 11 business partners in the program this year.

The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System had nearly 3,000 manufacturing grads and 435 business partners.

“Programs like HOPFAME give students the opportunity to work in their field while attending classes and create a smooth transition from college to full-time employment. We offer our congratulations to all of our graduates,” Kirves said.

According to a survey from KAM, Kentucky has 4,5000 manufacturing facilities employing more than 250,000 people.

The overall weighted average wage for participating companies is $23.52 per hour or nearly $49,000 a year, according to KAM.

Students in the HOPFAME program graduated from the following manufacturing-related programs:

  • Industrial Maintenance
  • Computerized Machining and Manufacturing
  • Welding Technology
  • Engineering and Electronics Technology
  • Electrical Technology
  • Computer Assisted Drafting

“We’re excited to join KCTCS for this virtual Going Pro event, KAM Executive Director Lee Lingo said.

“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,” Lingo said.

KCTCS has contributed $3.5 billion to Kentucky’s economy and their students support one out of 48 Kentucky Jobs, according to the Going Pro website.

The top three industries impacted by KCTCS are the health care and social services, construction and manufacturing.

“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,” Lingo said.

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