Signing Days Celebrate Technical Training and Careers in Advanced Manufacturing in Kentucky's I-71 Corridor

Signing Days Celebrate Technical Training and Careers in Advanced Manufacturing in Kentucky's I-71 Corridor Main Photo

8 Jun 2022


This spring, Carroll County and surrounding communities celebrated students pursuing advanced manufacturing careers in our region with College Signing Day. Due to restrictions during Covid, 2022 was the second time this event was offered since it’s inception in 2019.

College Signing Day highlights graduating high school students who have been accepted into the Future 42 program at Jefferson County Community and Technical College (JCTC). The Future 42 program is in partnership with several industries located on Highway 42, including North American Stainless, PMC, Dow, LG&E-KU, and Nucor Steel Gallatin.

The students who were honored at signing day who are joining Future 42 included: Carter Baldwin, Michael Bryce Jones, Hannah Estes, Harrison “Call” Maiden, Paul Tschappat, Anthony Dylan Wilson, Matthew Bright, Kagan Craig, Prestin Floyd, Alex Gonzales, Dexter Guth, Jaden Jennings and Coleman Lamothe. There were also several students who were unable to attend the signing day celebration but able to be recognized the next day, including Joseph Ogburn, Dalton Penick, and Scott Cooper.

The students who are part of Future 42 are entering high demand, high wage programs focusing on welding technology, engineering and electronic technology, applied process technologies, and general occupational/technical studies. In addition, the students in this program are given the opportunity to work with local industries for job training.

“The partnerships with the local industries make our Future 42 program unique,” said Heather Yocum, Carrollton Campus Site Director and Associate Professor at JCTC. “These students will graduate ready to enter the workforce with the skills and job training they need to succeed.”

“We are so proud of these young people who are choosing the field of advanced manufacturing as the next step for them in pursuing a fulfilling career. They will be training for jobs that are high-wage and in high demand. There’s so much potential for growth in this rapidly expanding industry, and I’m looking forward to what’s next for each of them and offer my warm congratulations,” shared Matt Adkins, Executive Director of Kentucky I-71 Economic Development Alliance (KIEDA).

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