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Virtual showcase offers high school students a look at high-demand manufacturing and trade career paths

Over 15 high schools across central Kentucky, including public, private and homeschooled students, recently participated in a virtual showcase of manufacturing and trade programs anchored from the Bluegrass Community and Technical College in Georgetown.

Students and parents learned more about BCTC programs that lead to high-demand, high-wage careers in manufacturing and trades. Many of these programs qualify for the Work Ready Kentucky Scholarship that provides free tuition for eligible Kentuckians.

Georgetown Mayor Tom Prather and other special guests joined BCTC faculty and staff to discuss the importance of manufacturing and trade careers, and how they help build Kentucky’s economy. As BCTC students graduate and build their better lives, communities throughout the state also grow and prosper.

BCTC prepares students to go into high paying, in-demand careers in Industrial Maintenance,

Computerized Machining and Manufacturing, Welding Technology, Engineering and Electronics Technology, Electrical Technology, Computer-Aided Drafting and Design and Air Conditioning Technology.

Although salaries vary by job and company, the Statewide Occupational Employment Wages data provided by the Kentucky Center for Statistics shows the average starting salary in manufacturing is nearly $34,000, with a median annual salary of $51,000.

BCTC has many advanced manufacturing partners and 26 business partners who offer work and learn experiences through the BCTC programs page and Work Ready Kentucky. BCTC is enrolling now for summer and fall classes.

From Bluegrass Community and Technical College

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