Advanced Manufacturing Center Construction

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Advanced Manufacturing Center scheduled to open January 2017

Construction on the Advanced Manufacturing Center began in the spring of 2016. The building is scheduled to open in January of 2017 on a 20-acre site in Lanes Run Business Park in Georgetown, Ky. When complete, the AMC will serve 1,200 students with 12 full-time and 20 part-time faculty.

Conceived in 2006 through a partnership between Bluegrass Community and Technical College (BCTC) and Toyota Motor Manufacturing Kentucky, the new center will provide a permanent home to the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program that is currently being housed onsite at Toyota. The graduates of the AMT program are the best new technicians in the country, having completed two and a half years of work experience when they graduate.

The AMC will also be the new home to many of BCTC’s manufacturing related programs. Programming will include industrial maintenance, electronics, PLCs, industrial electricity, robotics, mechanical drives, fluid power, machining, and welding. Customized workforce training for business development will also be offered, as well as traditional general education courses to support residents from Georgetown / Scott County and the surrounding communities.

Unlike traditional community college campuses, the Advanced Manufacturing Center (AMC) is designed to mirror a manufacturing production facility. While containing classrooms, administrative offices, and computer labs, the bulk of the 78,000 square feet will be a flexible high bay space. The design follows the principal that students should learn in an environment similar to one where they will apply their skills after graduation. In addition to looking like a manufacturing facility, the students, faculty, and staff also have to follow safety protocols, wear appropriate personal protective equipment, and follow rules that are standard across today’s advanced manufacturing companies.