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What is HCC FAME?

Henderson Community College (HCC) FAME is a work-and-learn opportunity for those wanting a great career and a college degree at the same time with little or no college debt! Kentucky (KY) FAME (Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education) is based on the nationally recognized Toyota Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) and Computerized Manufacturing and Machining (CMM) program. This program model allows participating students to earn an industry recognized degree while gaining valuable work experience in industrial maintenance.

Interested HCC FAME applicants must be high school graduates (or equivalent) and be willing to participate in the program’s 40 hour per week, apprenticeship-style format. If selected, you will attend college two days a week while working three days a week at your sponsoring company. In as few as 18 months (5 semesters), you can earn an Associate in Applied Science degree. Plus, with the practical skills you gain during your paid work experience, you may get a full-time job with your sponsoring company. Or, you may decide to further your technical education to obtain a bachelor’s degree.

How does the HCC FAME program work?

The HCC FAME program blends classroom instruction with onsite work experience at the manufacturing facility of a sponsoring company. Classes will be offered at Henderson Community College’s Henderson Campus. As a student of the HCC FAME program, you agree to:

  • Attend two full days of classroom instruction per week;
  • Maintain a “C” or higher average in all classes to remain eligible; and,
  • Work three days a week earning a wage set by your sponsoring company.
  • Remain 100% illegal drug-free.


Checklist for Application to the HCC FAME program:

Check out some of our IMT and FAME grads as they apply their manufacturing education working in local industry in this video from Henderson Economic Development!



Want to learn more about some of our current HCC FAME sponsor companies? Click on the company logos below to view videos featuring their organization:


Audubon Metals



For more information or to apply to the HCC FAME program, please contact:

Amanda Blohm-Thompson
HCC FAME Success Coach
Henderson Community College
Sullivan Technology Center
Room 227

Mark L. Smith
IMT Program Coordinator
Henderson Community College
Sullivan Technology Center
Room 114