Testimonials

Bailey BlankenshipBailey Blankenship

CO-OP Student with:
Georgia Pacific

Why did you choose to apply to the FAME/AMT Program?
It was a good life choice for me. It is all of the things I love doing.

How has this program prepared you for a career in the advanced manufacturing environment?
It has allowed me to earn a college degree in advanced manufacturing, learning new skills along the way.

Any other feedback or comments?
I would recommend the FAME program to anyone.


Dante ThomasDante Thomas

CO-OP Student with:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Why did you choose to apply to the FAME/AMT Program?
I chose to apply for the FAME program because it had a two-year co-op component with a well-known company, plus an associate’s degree.

How has FAME prepared you for a career in your field?
My co-op provided mentors for each area of the plant that work with me and help develop skills for the maintenance field.

What advice would you give to a student interested in cooperative learning?
My advice to students is to try to learn something new every day at work and don’t become stagnant.


Dillon StanfordDillon Stanford

CO-OP Student with:
EFI Automotive

Why did you choose to apply to the AMT/FAME program?
I saw the opportunity to join a program that offered the education along with 2 years of experience.

How has your FAME prepared you for a career in the advanced manufacturing environment?
Being a FAME student at EFI Automotive, I have been exposed to many fields in the industry, while also receiving the required education from Calhoun.

What was the most beneficial piece of the program?
Being allowed to take on projects myself and being held responsible for my work taught me values and given me confidence in my field.


Matthew JohnsonMatthew Johnson

CO-OP Student with:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Why did you choose to apply to the AMT/FAME program?
I wanted to be able to work while I was going to school.

What advice would you give to a student interested in Cooperative Learning?
I would say that cooperative learning is a really good experience, but you have to commit yourself to the process because it takes a large chunk of your time. You have to be there everyday on time prepared to work and learn.

How has fame prepared you for a career in your field?
It has given me real work experience that can transfer to any company in the field.


Matthew RolinMatthew Rolin

CO-OP Student with:
Toyota Motor Manufacturing Alabama

Why did you choose to apply to the AMT/FAME program?
I have always enjoyed working with my hands, so when I heard about the FAME program and the hands on learning they offered at school and on the job, I knew I had to apply.

How has your Co-Op prepared you for a career in your field?
Co-op has prepared me for a career in my field, because I get to use what I learn at school, and apply in a real world situation. It also gives me the knowledge and experience I need to hit the ground running and be a step above others without the work experience.

What advice would you give to a student interested in cooperative learning?
Do not be afraid to sign up, even if you are not sure if that is what you want to do. It will give you a glimpse into that field and help you make a decision on if that path is right for you.


Michael RouseMichael Rouse

CO-OP Student with:
Brown Precision Inc.

Why did you choose to apply to the AMT/FAME program?
It is a very good way to get a degree and two years of experience at the same time.

How has your Co-Op prepared you for a career in your field?
While in class, you learn the theory side of the subjects and can apply it at work to better understand what and why you are doing certain things.

What advice would you give to a student interested in cooperative learning?
Be prepared to commit to the program, work hard, and also be willing to learn something new everyday.


Walker ThompsonWalker Thompson

CO-OP Student with:
Georgia Pacific

Why did you choose to apply to the AMT/FAME program?
I chose this program because I have always loved working with my hands and fixing things.

What advice would you give to a student interested in Cooperative Learning?
Do your research about maintenance, you will work but it will be fun. If you get into the program, always show initiative at work and at school. If you do this, you employer will notice and will probably want to hire you after you graduate.

In your opinion, what was the most beneficial part of being a Co-Op student?
Learning something at school and then the next day actually using it in a plant environment. The companies in the program are very good at working with you and helping you “apply as you learn”.


Zachary GougarZachary Gougar

CO-OP Student with:
Bruderer

Why did you choose to apply to the AMT/FAME program?
I wanted to work with my hands and acquire a diverse set of skills to put under my belt.

What advice would you give to a student interested in Cooperative Learning?
Take extreme ownership. You alone are responsible for your learning. Don’t allow for any excuses.

Any other feedback or comments?
I have loved the Toyota MCE classes. Toyota has the fruit on the tree when it comes to business and developing a culture. I love learning from them. Thank you!