Recently, a representative of the Kentucky Fame program came to Wayne County High School to share with students the benefits of the program. During an assembly, students of any grade were invited to the auditorium to listen to him speak and receive information.
Kentucky Fame (KY Fame) is a program in which Somerset Community College (SCC) partners with business seeking employees with the skills that the recruited students possess – those being engineering, manufacturing, and electrical maintenance.
A common problem among seniors is choosing whether they’re going to work or attend college after graduation. When trying to do both, it can become difficult. Often it’s a matter of going to class and losing your job or skipping class in order to work your hours. Instructors and employers tend to be unable to coexist.
With KY Fame, students don’t have this problem. There are set days of the week in which students will be working and students will be at school. Due to it only being two days per week the school days are often very long, but will never conflict with work hours. Jobs collaborating with the KY Fame program to provide these students with work never pay less than $12 an hour and schedule many hours.
KY Fame teacher Chris Hall, the main technical instructor at SCC, told the students that currently he is working with two Wayne County High School graduates - Malaya Koger and Toby Crabtree. Both students graduate from the KY Fame program in May. He was very complimentary about the students and all they have accomplished by participating in the program. They are employed at TTAI in Pulaski County, and have a bright future ahead of them.
“We are looking for talented young
people who are interested in a seamless school and work experience which allows
them to earn wages at an impressive rate,” said Hall. He told students there
were a variety of skills they could learn through this experience. For
instance, they might get to work with robots learning how to repair and
He explained the application process,
and told about the importance of lengthy interviews in order to gain
acceptance into the program. They were given examples of the several companies
partnering with them, such as TTAI and American Woodmark Corporation. Upon
graduation, students will hold two years of prime work experience, the possibility
to maintain a very well paying job, certification as an Advanced Manufacturing
Technician (AMT), and an associate degree in Applied Science in Industrial
Maintenance Technology-Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track.
For more information, visit the KYFAME website.
Chris Hall speaks with students (l-r): Dallas Koger, Cas Powell, and Colby Corder
Chris Hall spoke with WCHS Guidance Counselor Elizabeth Miller and Community Work Transition Specialist Amie McWhorter
Students (l-r): Whitney Brown and Brooke Hutchinson asking questions about the program