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Students of the SKY CAM Camp gathered around the FANUC Robot training area.Often, when we think about jobs in manufacturing, we picture dirty, hot, low paying monotonous work on an assembly line. Area students, and teachers are finding out this week at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) that with the implementation of new technologies, careers in advanced manufacturing can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.

For two weeks this summer SKYCTC is offering an opportunity for high school students, as well as teachers and counselors, from Warren, Barren, Allen, and Simpson Counties to get an in-depth, hands-on, exploration of Careers in Advance Manufacturing (CAM) at one of two summer sessions.

SKY CAM is a dynamic summer camp focused on Careers in Advanced Manufacturing (CAM). The camp is a National Science Foundation (NSF) funded grant project hosted by Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College (SKYCTC) that offers activities designed to introduce Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math (STEM)/Advanced Manufacturing (AM) careers to high school students and their career influencers: parents, teachers, and counselors.Three student working on PLC's

Each day of the camp, participants are able to take part in hands-on activities such as programing robots, complete an arc welding project, and writing programs for PLC s.

Most people don t realize the good living that can be made in his field, says Mike Greer, Associate Professor of computerized manufacturing at SKYCTC. Greer who has been in the tool and die trade since 1978 said It s the satisfaction of knowing that you made that with your hands.

The lunch session each day features speakers from area industries such as STUPP Bridge, The General Motors Assembly Plant, CGS Machine amp; Tool, HARMAN Sound Systems, and the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA).

Students setting in a cricle learning about welding You can have a great career in manufacturing, says Dave Tatman, Director of KAIA. With more than 1.2 million vehicles produced in 2013, Kentucky ranks third overall in light vehicle production and first per capita. Kentucky s 460 motor vehicle-related establishments employ nearly 82,000 people. In the past five years, nearly 300 motor vehicle-related projects have been announced statewide, representing more than 17,600 new jobs and $4 billion in new investment, Tatman told the attendees at SKY CAM.

After lunch the participants tour local industries and observe demonstrations such as how automation technicians use robots to assemble a Corvette and how bridges are assembled at STUPP Bridge.

For more information, contact Brian Sparks, Assistant to the Dean amp; Associate Professor of Advanced Manufacturing Technology, at (270) 901-1228 or Kristina Tackett, Associate Professor of Biology, at (270) 901-1096

Four students working on robots