About M-SAMC

The Multi-State Advanced Manufacturing Consortium supports the national development of competency-based education curriculum to meet the needs of the manufacturing industry.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College was one of 13 community colleges involved in the TAACCCT federal grant. Learn more at the M-SAMC website.

Faculty Contacts

M-SAMC

Implementation Facilitators

Mike Franklin

(859) 246-6770

mike.franklin@msamc.org

Paul Turner

(859) 246-6717

paul.turner@msamc.org

Industry Partners

Leggett and Platt, Inc.

Toyota

M-SAMC College Partners

View Our Partner Map

  • Alamo Colleges
  • Bluegrass CTC
  • BridgeValley CTC
  • Danville Community College
  • Gadsden State Community College
  • Henry Ford College
  • Jefferson CTC
  • Oakland Community College
  • Pellissippi State Community College
  • Rock Valley College
  • Rhodes State College
  • Spartanburg Community College
  • TCAT - Murfreesboro

The Changing College Curriculum

Paul Turner, M-SAMC Implementation Facilitator at Bluegrass Community & Technical College talks about Kentucky FAME and how it prepares students for the workplace.

 

Hear other M-SAMC Implementation Facilitators talk about "The Changing College Curriculum" and learn what they think is important for the transition to competency-based learning in higher education.

FAME-ously perfecting the standard of manufacturing

More on Kentucky FAME

Paul Turner, M-SAMC Implementation Facilitator

 

Bluegrass Community and Technical College has been part of a collaborative effort with the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, known as Kentucky FAME.  In the last two years, our 16 members have collaboratively developed the advanced manufacturing technician program.

 

Our approach involves interns selected from all the high schools in the state of Kentucky.  The interns spend two days a week in a manufacturing-type classroom, which is equipped similar to what they will find out on the factory floor.  Then they spend three days per week working in the factory with technicians.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College News

Kentucky’s Lt. Gov. Jenean Hampton will tour the Bluegrass Community & Technical College Advanced Manufacturing Center at the Toyota campus in Georgetown to meet with students involved in the AMT Program. The AMT Program allows students to work three days a week in a manufacturing environment with their industry sponsor and spend two days a week in a classroom environment.

Manufacturing jobs have quickly become high-tech and high-paying, making them more attractive to a growing number of people. Tennessee is the number one state for auto manufacturing in the Southeast. With Knoxville being at the center of a number of surrounding auto assembly plants, this has resulted in 13,152 manufacturing jobs in the area.

The Manufacturing Day survey results are in, and events held around the U.S. have positively impacted the perception of the industry and its career options. Both students and educators are more aware of manufacturing jobs in their communities, and both found events and activities held interesting and engaging. Check out the survey for more results.

The National Science Foundation is awarding $3.8 million dollars for research in advanced manufacturing and nanotechnology at the University of Louisville and University of Kentucky. The grant allows the schools to upgrade and enhance their advanced manufacturing equipment. It further allows them to add staff to train and support external users, and provides seed money for advanced manufacturing-based research projects.

Bluegrass Community & Technical College participated in the UpskillAmerica Summit hosted by the White House in April. In an article she penned for the Lexington Herald-Ledger, Bluegrass President Augusta A. Julian shares how community colleges are addressing the issue of preparing students for the workforce.

 

She highlights that, "For more than 40 years, technical and career programs at community colleges have been structured around competencies identified by local employers." On top of career competencies, President Julian discussed how schools are also incorporating "essential skills" into their curriculum; skills like "...communication, teamwork, dependability, interpersonal skills and professional behaviors that make workplaces run well..."

 

To prepare for tomorrow's workforce, community colleges have to remember that they serve two main constituents; students that need a good start and employers who want a well-educated employee.

M-SAMC partner, Bluegrass Community & Technical College (BCTC), had 41 students start its Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program in July, making 2014 the largest incoming class since the program began in Fall 2010. In the program, students learn not only the technical skills, but the soft skills that are needed to succeed in their career.

Kentucky employer-educator partnerships are paying student workers to learn advanced manufacturing skills. This apprenticeship approach will help maintain growth in the industrial sector of Kentucky. Job opportunities within the manufacturing sector are increasing, but qualified candidates are hard to come by. This collaboration between employer and educator is what students need to be ready for the steady stream of manufacturing jobs becoming available.

In 2013, Kentucky exported a state record of $25.3 billion in goods to approximately 200 countries. And over the past five years, Kentucky's manufacturing GDP has grown by more than a third, making up a significant portion of the state's growing export market.

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*AMTEC is supported entirely by a National Science Foundation (NSF) Advanced Technology Education (ATE) Program Grant (0903193). (AMTEC,NSF ATE DUE-0903193)