AACC awards grant to KCTCS to expand apprenticeship programs

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) has received a $420,000 grant from the American Association of Community Colleges (AACC) to participate in its Expanding Community College Apprenticeships project.

“Although high school graduates will be part of the target market for this project, emphasis will be placed on recruiting the unemployed, minorities, women, incumbent workers and veterans,” KCTCS President Jay K. Box said.  “The goal is to engage at least 200 new apprentices by the end of 2022.”

Advanced manufacturing will be the primary targeted industry sector under the grant. In Kentucky manufacturing accounts for 18.9% of the total output in the state, employing 12.8% of the workforce. In 2016, there were 243,600 manufacturing employees across all industry sectors in Kentucky with an average annual compensation of nearly $70,000. (U.S Bureau of Economic Analysis and U.S. Census Bureau as cited by Center for Manufacturing Research)

KCTCS will work with many of its existing partners including the Kentucky Manufacturers Association, labor unions, the Kentucky Auto Industry Association and AMTEC, a National Science Foundation Center of Excellence. Partnerships with organizations in healthcare and construction will be sought.

Read more at the Lane Report.

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