KCTCS Awarded Prestigious $5.5 Million Grant from National Science Foundation

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The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $5.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the competency and global competitiveness of the automotive manufacturing workforce.

This grant is the largest, nationally competitive, discretionary grant in KCTCS history

The Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS) is proud to announce it is the recipient of a $5.5 million dollar grant from the National Science Foundation (NSF) to strengthen the competency and global competitiveness of the automotive manufacturing workforce.

“This grant is the largest, nationally competitive, discretionary grant in KCTCS history,” said KCTCS President Michael B. McCall. “KCTCS continues to be a real leader in developing programs at our colleges that meet the demand for high wage, high skilled jobs in the workforce.”

The grant project is entitled "AMTEC National Center for Excellence in Advanced Automotive Manufacturing.” The Automotive Manufacturing Technical Education Collaborative (AMTEC) is a multi-college, multi-state collaborative of community and technical colleges, and automotive manufacturers and their suppliers (25 community colleges and 21 corporate automotive companies) across the United States working together to improve the initial and ongoing preparation of highly skilled technicians and manufacturing engineers for successful work in automobile manufacturing.

AMTEC originally began developing a national standardized curriculum for the automotive industry to be taught by participating college partners. It was discovered that validated assessments were needed to identify the gaps in the skills and knowledge. Through needs assessments of the fundamental skills required within the industry, AMTEC is now designing a curriculum based on learning objectives that meet skills required by the industry partner.

“AMTEC will be a disseminator of high quality education information and career pathways for sustainable programs in tomorrow’s automotive manufacturing workforce as it faces a very unique and challenging economical environment. It is higher education and industry working together for an American auto industry that will continue to compete successfully in the future global marketplace,” said Principal Investigator Annette Parker.

KCTCS was chosen from among 200 nationwide NSF grant applicants. The award is effective September 15, 2009 and expires August 31, 2013. It has been approved on scientific/technical merit for approximately four years.

Every year the Kentucky Community and Technical College System provides real opportunity to real people – transforming the economy of the entire state by transforming the lives of the people who live in it. Help us continue transforming lives and our state’s economy by joining the Kentuckians for Community and Technical Colleges at KCTCS

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