BCTC Advanced Manufacturing Center opens
GEORGETOWN, Ky. - The $24 million 78,000-square-foot Advanced Manufacturing Center has opened at the Bluegrass Community & Technical College campus in Georgetown. The facility was designed to prepare more students for well-paying jobs in the state’s growing automotive and manufacturing industries.
More than 60 students are enrolled at BCTC Georgetown’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, which allows sponsored students to work three days a week for a manufacturer and attend classes for two days a week.
Omni Architects began designing the facility over ten years ago, but funding for the project was delayed until 2014. “We’ve waited a long time for this day,” said Mark Manuel, BCTC’s vice president of advancement and organizational development. “This beautiful, new building actually was designed in 2007, but with the economic recession, there was no funding to complete it. Now, with the economy bouncing back and continued growth in manufacturing in this region, we were able to make this center a reality.”
The new facility will provide advanced training in Robotics, Industrial Electricity, Industrial Electronics, Industrial Maintenance, Fluid Power, Machine Structure/Mechanical Drives/Pumps & Rigging, Machine Tool & Die, Welding, and Metallurgy. The facility also offers general education classes for citizens of Scott County and surrounding communities. Along with the educational spaces, students will enjoy access to support spaces such as student services, a learning resource center, and a student Lounge.
The most unique component of the facility is the flexible high-bay area equipped with modern manufacturing equipment such as computers, robotics and other electronics. The high-bay area and industrial-looking design of the entire center are intended to help students become comfortable in manufacturing settings.
Learn more about the project here.