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Often, when we think about jobs in manufacturing, we picture dirty, hot, low paying monotonous work on an assembly line. Area Three male students working on Programable Logic Controlersstudents and teachers will learn at Southcentral Kentucky Community and Technical College’s (SKYCTC) SKY CAM Camp that with the implementation of new and expanding technologies, careers in advanced manufacturing can be exciting, challenging and rewarding.

Three camps will be offered this summer 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 Advanced Manufacturing (CAM) at one of the summer sessions.

June 12th – 16th
June 19th – 23rd
June 26th – 30th

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.

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 Programmable Logic Controllers. 

“Most people don’t realize the good living that can be made in this 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, Quad Graphics, CGS Machine & Tool, BG Metalforming, and the Kentucky Automotive Industry Association (KAIA).

Student learning PLCs at SKY CAM Camp“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.

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