Calhoun’s FAME AMT Program Now Accepting Applications
March 17, 2017
The Alabama Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (F.A.M.E.) Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program, a partnership among Calhoun Community College, Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama, and other area manufacturing businesses and industries, is now accepting applications for the 2017-18 class.
The program is a two-year technical associate’s degree that combines cutting-edge curriculum which supports advanced manufacturing technology, paid working experience, along with the opportunity to learn highly sought-after business principles and best practices of a world class manufacturer.
“This program is ideal for students who have a high interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).”, commented Dr. Klauber, Calhoun President. “We live in a highly technical world that is continuously changing. Calhoun partners with industry leaders such as Toyota, Polaris, and Sonoco to ensure our students are learning the most up-to-date skills to be successful in their careers.”
Each year, 15 students are selected to be part of this exclusive program, and once enrolled in the program, begin working with a sponsor company such as Toyota, Polaris, Brown Precision Inc., Contractor Services & Fabrication Inc., EFi Automotive, Georgia-Pacific, Packaging Corporation of America, Snap-On Tools, or Sonoco, during the summer prior to beginning coursework in the fall. The starting salary is $13.55/hour, and boasts a 100% job placement rate for those that graduate. Students have the potential to obtain an Associate’s of Applied Science (AAS) degree in Advance Manufacturing and two years of industry experience without any school-related debt.
As Megan Gant, AMT Program graduate and now a Toyota employee, explained, “After graduation from high school I thought that I wanted the typical college experience. As it turns out, I was just another face in the crowd. In this program, I’m learning one-on-one real life applications and using the knowledge that I’ve acquired out in the field today.”