Published on May 6, 2024

HENDERSON, Ky. – The first-ever HCC Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) Mentoring Academy recently celebrated the completion of its inaugural cohort. This unique program was custom-designed for Union County High School (UCHS) students to obtain hands-on training and career exploration opportunities in the skilled trades.

During the 10-week program, students were mentored by current and former HCC FAME students. The 13 UCHS students attended workshops on workplace safety and job interviewing.FAME Mentor cohort Plus, they had the opportunity to observe HCC welding and motor controls classes, as well as tour HCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Labs featuring state-of-the-art robotics equipment. Several local manufacturers, including Gibbs Die Casting, Vibracoustic, Audubon Metals, and Pratt Industries, hosted the group for a tour of their facilities.

A grant from the Kentucky Advising Academy funded the 2024 HCC FAME Mentoring Academy. It is one of  17 mini-grants awarded to Kentucky K-12 public schools and area technology centers to support postsecondary readiness advising. The grant was written by Nichole Thomas from UCHS, with assistance from Janice Fenwick and Margie McGraw.

“With its unique combination of classroom training and workplace visits, the HCC FAME Mentoring Academy gave these students a much better understanding of potential careers in the skilled trades,” said HCC President/CEO Dr. Jason Warren. “We appreciate all of our Union County partners and HCC staff who helped make it a reality.”

At its celebration luncheon, the group heard from Matt Vanderpool, Electrical and Instrumentation Supervisor at the Pratt Industries Mill in Henderson, and current president of the HCC FAME Board. This industry-led 

group of manufacturing and educational professionals helps support and guide the HCC FAME program.


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Henderson Community College is one of 16 colleges in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System (KCTCS). The Kentucky Community and Technical College System is comprised of 16 colleges and a system office created to serve all areas of the commonwealth. With an annual enrollment of over 100,000 students, KCTCS is Kentucky’s largest provider of workforce training and postsecondary education. KCTCS and its colleges are united in their commitment to making life better for our students, communities and the citizens of Kentucky.

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