HOPFAME is the local chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME), a nationally recognized program for implementing apprenticeship-type training to create a pool of highly skilled workers in advanced manufacturing. HOPFAME is a partnership between HCC and 20 regional manufacturers located in Christian County, Todd County and Trigg County in Kentucky and Montgomery County in Tennessee.
“HOPFAME students have the opportunity to have a job, graduate with little or no debt, and start a career earning $ 40,000 per year”said Tara Rascoe, HOPFAME Success Coach. “This hands-on, paid experience is ideal for recent high school graduates, veterans and current employees in industries in our region.”
HCC President Dr Alissa Young said: “As we begin recruiting for our sixth cohort of HOPFAME, we are delighted to have our third group of FAME students graduate in May. ”
HOPFAME participants take classes two days a week and work for a sponsor manufacturer for a competitive salary at least 24 hours a week. This working and learning format gives students the opportunity to immediately apply what they have learned on campus in a real work environment. Students who complete the five-semester program receive an associate’s degree in applied science and often graduate without student debt.
The program also addresses behavioral issues at work that often frustrate employers by incorporating essential personal skills into the curriculum. Behaviors such as attendance, communication, diligence, teamwork, interpersonal relationships and initiative are evidenced both in the classroom and in the workplace.
Thanks to the practical skills acquired during their paid professional experience, HOPFAME graduates frequently hold full-time positions in their sponsoring companies. Graduates can also continue their education towards a bachelor’s degree in engineering.
HCC will accept applications until May 1 for the Fall 2021 cohort which will begin classes on August 16, 2021. Application is available online at http://rebrand.ly/HOPFAME or by contacting Tara Rascoe, HOPFAME Success Coach at or 270.707.3745. To be considered for the program, an applicant must have a high school diploma or GED and meet the minimum requirements for standardized tests in English, math, and reading.
Students selected for the program earn a minimum of $ 12.00 per hour while working for one of HOPFAME’s sponsoring companies, including:
- Continental mills
- Danfoss Power Solutions
- Douglas Autotech
- Hankook tire
- Metalsa structural products
- Par4 plastics
- Plymouth Engineering Forms
- Riken elastomers
- Stanley Engineering Fastener
- TRAD North America
- Toyoda Gosei
- National Wabash
To learn more about KYFAME, visit www.KYFAME.com.
About Hopkinsville Community College
For many residents of the Kentucky Pennyrile region and Fort Campbell, higher education begins at Hopkinsville Community College (HCC). The college serves thousands of area residents each year as a comprehensive regional learning center offering associated academic and technical degrees; degree and certificate programs in professional fields; pre-baccalaureate education; adult, continuing and developmental education; personalized training for businesses and industry; and distance learning.
As part of the Kentucky Community and Technical College System, HCC is a critical part of transforming the region’s economy by providing citizens with the education and training needed for high-growth, high-paying careers.
For more information visit Hopkinsville.kctcs.edu