Earn your degree in Advanced Manufacturing Debt-Free

At KCKCC, students can start a career they can build on. KCKCC is partnering with the newly created Kansas City Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KS FAME) chapter that will not only help solve a local skills trade shortage, but will provide a pathway for students to earn an Associate of Science degree in Advanced Manufacturing debt-free.

Why choose the FAME program?

Students in the FAME program will spend two days a week at KCKCC-TEC and the other three days as a paid intern at local manufacturers. This is an “earn while you learn” program, which means students will be earning money and gaining priceless work experience, while they are earning their degree. Each graduate of the FAME program will earn, on average, 1,800 hours of on-the-ground experience and 85 percent of graduates move onto direct employment with a sponsoring company. Since 2010, there has been more than 1,100 graduates of FAME programs throughout the nation. Students with this degree can earn more than $50,000 a year in this career field.

Students will receive hands-on technical training in multiple manufacturing disciplines including electronics, mechanical, hydraulics and automation. In addition, Advance Manufacturing Technician (AMT) students will be trained in formal business tools such as developing a safety culture, quality tools, lean manufacturing and workplace organization while learning professional behaviors like attendance, teamwork, communication and initiative.

How to Apply?

To enter the FAME program, students must apply to the KC FAME chapter.

Apply to FAME

Local Manufacturing Partners

  • Amsted Rail
  • Best Harvest Bakeries
  • Brill, Inc.
  • Catalent
  • Empire Candle
  • Huhtamaki
  • INX International INK Co.
  • Kansas City Steak Company
  • TT Electronics
  • CH Guenther & Son dba Williams Foods
  • CH Guenther & Son dba Pizza Blend

Additional Support

  • Kansas MEP
  • Kansas Manufacturing Solutions
  • Wyandotte Economic Development Council
  • Workforce Partnership