Local industries Pay for Students to Earn While They Learn

Local industries Pay for Students to Earn While They Learn

Bill Stephens, Web Editor

May 30th, 2017


(Henderson, KY) – There’s a new program in the region focused on providing education in the high-skill/high wage field of advanced manufacturing. Regional industry is on-board the Kyndle FAME Advanced Manufacturing Technology program, which educates technically-skilled technicians while also providing paid on-the-job training. The Kyndle FAME program is an opportunity for recent high school graduates or other individuals wanting an interesting, hands-on, and well-paying career to earn an Associate’s degree in five semesters, work at a sponsoring company while they learn, and complete the program with little to no student debt. Application deadline for the highly competitive program is June 16, 2017. Application information may be found online at

PLANT TOUR OPPORTUNITY: Interested individuals are welcome to tour Vibracoustic, an automotive industry supplier in Morganfield, KY, on Wednesday, June 7, at 9:30 or 11 a.m., and learn more about the Kyndle FAME Program. To register for the tour, learn more about the program, or get help with the application process, call Bekah Toney at 270.831.9830 or email

The program is a partnership between the Kyndle Chapter of KY FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education), economic development organization Kyndle, and Henderson Community College. Board member Joe Milazzo, Training and Development with Audubon Metals, notes, “The trained and experienced Advanced Manufacturing Technician is an in-demand skill set which industry needs constantly. With the continued automation of production facilities and the need to replace those near retirement, a graduate of the KYNDLE-FAME program would be well positioned for employment with good pay.”

Michelle Ramacciotti, Director, North American Human Resources at Gibbs Die Casting Corporation and Kyndle FAME board secretary, states, “Gibbs is committed to continuing education of its team members and we are looking to add to our team talented and dedicated individuals. By participating in the FAME program, an individual can open up a career in Advanced Manufacturing. There are a shortage of individuals who possess the skills and knowledge to fill these technical positions.”

The FAME model is based on the nationally noted Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician program. Interested Kyndle FAME applicants must be high school graduates (or equivalent) and be willing to participate in the program’s 40 hour per week, apprenticeship-style format. If selected, students will attend college two days a week while working three days a week at the sponsoring company. “The hands on experience, along with the classroom instruction, is a great benefit for both the student and the employer. Successful graduates will help us compete in a global market,” notes Jeff Jones, General Manager at Vibracoustic, and President of the Kyndle FAME chapter.

Current employer members of the Kyndle FAME Chapter include: Air Hydro Power, Audubon Metals, Big Rivers Electric Corporation, Cresline Plastic Pipe, Gibbs Die Casting, Hydro Aluminum, International Paper, River View Coal, and Vibracoustic.

“Hydro Aluminum is dedicated to ensuring that the next generation of industrial maintenance technicians are well trained to have successful careers. We believe that the partnership between Kyndle FAME and the surrounding industrial employers will offer the right mix of educational and hands-on learning for the students to become ready for a full-time career in the industrial maintenance field,” states Matt Vanderpool, Maintenance Planner at Hydro Aluminum Metals USA, LLC.

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