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FAME Technical Center | KCKS OPEN HOUSE

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education, within the Manufacturing Institute, is the premier advanced manufacturing workforce education and development program. FAME helps students become highly skilled, globally competitive, well-rounded and with sought-after talent that can meet the unique needs and challenges of today’s modern manufacturing workforce. Every year, FAME graduates transition into well-paying, diverse career pathways in critical disciplines across the manufacturing industry and across the country.

FAME currently has 32 chapters in 12 states, including Kansas. On OCTOBER 6, from 5-7:30pm the Kansas City, KS Community College will have an OPEN HOUSE (see flier) At KCKCC, students can start a career they can build on. KCKCC is partnering with the newly created Kansas City Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KS FAME) chapter that will not only help solve a local skills trade shortage, but will provide a pathway for students to earn an Associate of Science degree in Advanced Manufacturing debt-free.

Students spend two days a week at KCKCC-TEC and the other three days as a paid intern at local manufacturers. The “earn while you learn” program, allows students to earn money and gain priceless work experience, while they are earning their degree.

Since 2010, there have been more than 1,100 graduates of FAME programs throughout the nation. Students with this degree can earn more than $50,000 a year in this career field.

Students will receive hands-on technical training in multiple manufacturing disciplines including electronics, mechanical, hydraulics and automation. In addition, Advance Manufacturing Technician (AMT) students will be trained in formal business tools such as developing a safety culture, quality tools, lean manufacturing and workplace organization while learning professional behaviors like attendance, teamwork, communication and initiative.

Manufacturing has shifted dramatically from its historical perception. Modern manufacturing provides opportunities for creators, makers and collaborators who are designing and building America’s future. It’s the path to a secure career, with many opportunities to progress and grow.

Modern manufacturing also provides opportunities to grow into specialties, such as operations, management, technology and engineering. New jobs extend beyond shop floors and laboratories into offices, state-of-the-art tech centers and even your living room. Everything that is made needs smart thinkers and doers to invent, market, distribute and maintain revolutionary products. Modern manufacturing is what you make of it, and the opportunities are endless.

The ideal FAME candidate is a college-ready high school graduate (18 or older) interested in pursuing a concentrated two-year, debt-free degree and looking to gain a practical set of valuable and transferable technical skills. Candidates should be career-oriented, academically prepared students seeking rewarding work who thrive within highly regimented, hands-on programs and are aiming to advance quickly in their career. FAME also accepts incumbent workers looking to change their career path and veterans who would like to work in the manufacturing industry.

FAME provides global-best workforce development through strong technical training, integration of manufacturing core competencies, intensive professional practices and intentional hands-on experience to build the future of the modern manufacturing industry.

Local partners of the program include manufacturers: Amsted Rail, Best Harvest Bakeries, Brill, IncCatalent, Empire Candle, Huhtamaki, INX International INK Co. and the Kansas City Steak Company. FAME currently has programs in 12 states and is always looking for industry partners to help expand manufacturing education opportunities to talent across the country. If you are a business leader, city official or industry association interested in starting your own chapter of FAME, contact the team at

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