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Find out who’s talking about us

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center opened for classes in May 2013 and people have been talking about us a lot. Keep reading to find out what they’re saying!


"I'm an engineer by trade. I've worked doing numerous things. But I recently just got laid off. So after talking with a KMCC career counselor about this program, it was able to give me some skills to refresh some of the things I needed to work in this area of manufacturing. So, that’s something I want to accomplish."

Darryl Harris, Certified Production Technician student at KMCC


I’ve worked in manufacturing production from the temporary employee all the way up to the liaison for the company. And, I’ve had many different experiences with several different companies. Right now I’m trying to expand on my technical aspects or technical knowledge of manufacturing. I’m trying to go somewhere with that"

Christopher Mitchell, KMCC student

Rena Sharpe

"We are excited about the opportunities the center offers manufacturing employers to connect with qualified and skilled manufacturing job seekers – it will easily fit into our company’s culture and contribute to our goals for success."

Rena Sharpe, vice president of operations, Westport Group, a Louisville-based axle assembler, manufacturing and logistics firm that has expanded operations into several different areas since 1986.

Rena Sharpe

"I truly believe that agencies like KMCC can play an extremely important role in helping companies like GE accelerate learning in the production workforce. The work being done at KMCC to educate and prepare new talent interested in possible careers in manufacturing fits perfectly with some of our own learning programs that we’ve implemented in the last year at Appliance Park."

Michael Chanatry, General Manager Supply Chain GE Appliances

Thomas Perez

"Today’s manufacturing is quite different. It requires a different skill set, and it requires a knowledge of that. One of my biggest challenges though is, I remember one employer said to me, ‘You know, seven out of ten people who walk through this door don’t have the skills to compete for my jobs.’ And, so, we have this paradox: unacceptably high unemployment and employers who want to grow their business and the skills gap. That’s why (the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is) so important. And, that’s why these partnerships are so important."

U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas E. Perez visited the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center in November 2013. He watched students working on the Certified Production Technician program and saw demonstrations of the mechatronics training equipment used by students in the Multi-Skilled Technical certificate program. Secretary Perez joined students and representatives from manufacturing companies to discuss manufacturing, careers, future needs of manufacturers and programs offered at the career center.

Mayor Fischer

“Local manufacturers are growing and hiring more employees. (The center) is a great opportunity to connect people still looking for a job or wanting a better job with the skills and certifications they need to succeed.”

Mayor Greg Fischer

John Yarmuth

Louisville is a national leader in the revitalization of American manufacturing, and the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center will help us continue to build on that progress. Connecting workers with good jobs and employers with a well-trained workforce will help Louisville families succeed in the 21st century economy."

Congressman John Yarmuth

Tony Newberry

"At Jefferson Community and Technical College, our mission is to take people wherever they are in life and in their education path and move them to where they need to be. At the Kentucky Career Manufacturing Career Center, students who might have thought they didn’t have a chance at a high-wage, high-demand job can get that chance. JCTC is pleased to partner with KentuckianaWorks on this exciting opportunity that promises not only to improve the lives of the students but also the economic health of our community."

Tony Newberry, JCTC president and CEO

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