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SCC, KAM celebrate Kentucky Manufacturing Going Pro

Published on Apr 29, 2021

going pro daySomerset Community College (SCC) and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers (KAM) are celebrating rookies in advanced manufacturing and the companies hiring them.  Just like NFL athletes who go pro, these students prepare for the next level — a good career in the manufacturing field.

Every year, SCC prepares students to go pro in high paying, in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing that lead to a better life. Because SCC aligns its programs with local business needs, our students are prepared to walk out of college and into a high paying career.

“It’s important that we recognize the students and the manufacturing companies that provide people with great careers.  It isn’t dark, dirty and dangerous.  It’s rewarding, lucrative and promising.  This is personal to me since I worked over 16 years in manufacturing and I am so proud of our SCC students and all their achievements,” stated Alesa Johnson, Vice President of Workforce Solutions.

This year, SCC has 124 manufacturing graduates and 13 business partners.  The 16 colleges of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) had nearly 3,000 manufacturing grads and 435 business partners. 

For a complete list of our 2020-2021 graduates in advanced manufacturing programs and the companies who are hiring them visit

Students graduated from the following manufacturing-related programs. 

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

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

Kentucky has 4500 manufacturing facilities employing more than 250,000. According to a 2020 wage and benefits survey from KAM, the overall weighted average wage for participating companies is $23.52 per hour or nearly $49,000 a year.

More information about the graduates and employers are available at the Going Pro website.

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