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.

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

Faculty Contacts

For more information about Advanced Manufacturing programs at Jefferson Community & Technical College contact:

MaryAnn Hyland-Murr


Industry Partners



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M-SAMC College Partners

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  • 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 Skills Gap and the Importance of Workforce Development

Dr. Tony Newberry, former President of Jefferson Community & Technical College, talks about ramping up workforce development to help close the skills gap.

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Jefferson Community & Technical College News

Kentucky introduces its first regional academy for students who are interested in engineering, software technology and advanced manufacturing fields. The academy gives students the opportunity to focus their studies on technical education and teaches them how to operate in the workforce by teaching skills employers say they want. When students graduate, they will be incredibly work-ready.

GE Appliances hosted the first Greater Louisville Manufacturing Workforce Development Day at Appliance Park. The event highlighted GE's challenges with the lack of qualified manufacturing workforce to fill entry-level positions. GE partnered with KentuckianaWorks to develop a certified production technician program to help combat the worker shortage. But GE isn't alone, numerous Louisville manufacturers are facing the same worker shortage issues.

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.

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.

Our emerging economy will provide few high-paying jobs for workers with a high school education or less. To help citizens excel and access a middle-class life or beyond, the National Governors Association has announced support of governors' efforts to align education & training systems to the needs of states economies. Job placement focus is sighted on increasing the number of credential, certificate, and degree completing students.

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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)