Expand job opportunities through education and training to retain existing businesses and attract new ones.
One of Bluegrass Community and Technical College’s (BCTC) 45 programs of study is an Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, which prepares students for high-wage, high-demand manufacturing maintenance technician jobs. These students work part-time for their sponsoring employers, taking classes two days a week in mechanics, robotics, electricity, fabrication, and fluid power. Upon completion, they graduate with an Associate in Applied Science degree in less than two years. BCTC also has a Computerized Manufacturing and Machining program.
Some students may qualify for completely free tuition in the Work Ready Scholarship program, where they can receive training for a higher paying, in-demand job in four months or less, tuition-free. The Kentucky Community and Technical College System has over 80 such programs, and BCTC has Work Ready programs in Advanced Manufacturing (39 programs), Business and IT (31 programs), Construction (21 programs), Healthcare (22 programs), and Transportation and Logistics (3 programs), available for qualifying students. Educational and training opportunities like these should be expanded upon to maximize their impact, and new programs and ideas should be developed to continue to grow the talented workforce so many employers are seeking.