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Congratulations to Bluegrass Community & Technical College on their new groundbreaking Advanced Manufacturing Center!

Posted in: News and Events on April 24, 2015

Georgetown/Scott County

Advance Manufacturing Center

Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) has partnered with Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky (TMMK) since 1987. The partnership has been a key driver of education and skills training, helping to elevate this plant to be one of the best in the world.

In 2006, Toyota identified a need to increase its pipeline of skilled workers and worked with BCTC to create the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program — a unique “work and learn” model that balances workforce needs with student learning. Now, 17 companies have joined the Bluegrass Chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME) to create a structure that allows companies to innovate, adopt new technologies, and create talent. Toyota has provided space, staff, and more than $1.6 million in equipment and support for the program, enabling it to grow and succeed.

Funding for planning a new BCTC campus in Georgetown was allocated by the Kentucky General Assembly, and by 2008, the design was completed. An approximately 20-acre site was secured in Lanes Run Business Park, with the financial investment of $375,000 by the Scott County Fiscal Court. The city of Georgetown assisted in securing state funds to construct infrastructure. In 2014, the Governor and Legislature supported funding of a project to expand production at TMMK, and the training component included the campus for BCTC.

The Advanced Manufacturing Center will house the AMT program with high skills training to support the Bluegrass Economic Advancement Movement (BEAM) goal of making Central Kentucky a premier advanced-manufacturing area. In addition, BCTC will offer traditional academic courses for Georgetown-Scott County and surrounding communities.

The 78,000 square-foot center is expected to serve 1,200 students, with 12 full-time and 20 part-time faculty. Programming will include industrial maintenance, electronics, PLCs, industrial electricity, robotics, mechanical drives, fluid power, machining, and welding. Customized workforce training for business development will also be offered.

Special thanks to those who have supported this project:
AMTEC, BEAM, City of Georgetown, CQPO, Georgetown/Scott County Chamber of Commerce, Kentucky Cabinet for Economic Development, Kentucky Finance and Administration Cabinet, KAM, KCTCS, KYFAME, Omni Architects, Scott County Fiscal Court, Scott County Public Schools, Scott County United, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky

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