Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is a one-stop resource in the Metro Louisville region for manufacturers and for job seekers interested in working in manufacturing. The region served by the center includes Bullitt, Henry, Jefferson, Oldham, Shelby, Spencer and Trimble counties and other regions in Kentucky and Southern Indiana – the corridor along I-65 in Kentucky and Southern Indiana. 

The center, which opened for classes in May 2013, is located on the campus of the Airport Industrial Center in South Louisville, 160 Rochester Dr., Building W, Suite 115B, Louisville, Ky. Click here to see an overview of the center's programs and services, as well as a map to the center, hours of operation and phone number. Click here to read what local leaders had to say about the center during the grand opening. Click here to see photos and more information about the opening.

Career counselors will help connect job seekers with available manufacturing jobs and make sure they have the right training and skills for the work. The center also offers employers a place to post job openings and to access basic manufacturing skills training for existing employees. Services and programs at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center are free to those job seekers who qualify.

Currently, staff at the center is providing manufacturing skills training programs and English as a Second Language classes that focus on manufacturing terms and vocabulary. Click here to see photos of students in spring 2013 classes.

In November 2013, U.S. Labor Secretary Thomas Perez visited the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center during a trip to Louisville. He toured the facility, watched students in classes and participated in a discussion with representatives of local manufacturing companies, students from the center's classes and other partners interested in manufacturing and manufacturing skills training. Click here to see photos from Secretary Perez's visit.

Six local manufacturers who work closely with the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center opened their facilities to students from four Jefferson County high schools to mark 2014 National Manufacturing Day in Louisville. The students got a first-hand look at manufacturing careers as part of classroom projects. Click here to see two of the student groups and the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center's Manufacturing Day activities.

Check out opportunities for 2014
Are you tired of dead-end jobs and want to get the training that will prepare you for jobs in manufacturing that pay between $12/hour and $20/hour?
Do you already have experience in manufacturing and want to get back to work at a company where you can build a career?

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center can connect you immediately with manufacturing companies in the Louisville region that are growing and looking for employees.

And, if you want to build your skills to position yourself for a better job, check out our "Certified Production Technician" training offered monthly. Classes at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center have been scheduled through the end of the year. The September class is filled.

Your first step is to attend a required Orientation Session at the Center, 160 Rochester Drive, Bldg. W, Suite 115B, Airport Industrial Center in South Louisville. Orientation Sessions are held each Tuesday at the Center to explain the requirements of the program and how you can qualify for free training.

The last Orientation Session to qualify for the November Certified Production Training class will be Tuesday, Oct. 28, at 2 pm. The November class schedule is Nov. 3 through Dec. 5 (no classes Thanksgiving Week) from 8:30 am to 5 pm.

Orientation Sessions for the next Certified Production Training class -- Jan. 5 through Jan. 30, 2015, 8:30 am to 5 pm -- will be held on these dates in November:

  • Tuesday, Nov.4, at 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 11, at 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 18, at 2 pm
  • Tuesday, Nov. 25, at 2 pm

Contact the center at 502-276-9711, Ext. 4001, to preregister for an Orientation Session. Start the admissions process before the classes fill for November and January 2015.

The courses and assessments offered at the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center are designed to create a Manufacturing Career Pathway that will take workers from a basic skill level to a more advanced skill level that can lead to higher- wage jobs. Students can get nationally recognized certifications for entry-level manufacturing jobs  and remediation services to help attain the certifications. Several short-term entry-level programs offered Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) that will qualify job seekers and employed workers to take additional courses at JCTC or other area colleges that will lead to advanced certificate or college degrees. 

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center offers these training programs:
National Career Readiness Certificate -- The ACT National Career Readiness Certificate (NCRC) is a portable, evidenced-based credential that is considered a reliable predictor of workplace success. The NCRC Silver Certificate verifies that a job seeker has achieved the WorkKeys© levels linked to successful job performance for entry-level production employees by assessing skills in Applied Mathematics, Reading for Information and Locating Information.

Certified Production Technician Certificate -- The course was developed by the Manufacturing Skills Standards Council (MSSC).  The training includes four separate courses and tests that cover safety, quality practices and measurement, manufacturing processes and production, and maintenance awareness. It qualifies individuals for entry-level positions in manufacturing and awards nine hours of college credit through JCTC. It positions current employees for promotion opportunities or for more advanced study in the manufacturing area through JCTC or other area colleges and universities.

Work-focused English as a Second Language instruction --The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center provides educational services for limited English language participants as preparation for earning the work skills certificates mentioned above. The instruction is customized to include manufacturing terms and vocabulary.

Secondary Training and Testing in partnership with Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy --The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center partners with Iroquois High School by:

  • Administering the NCRC for the senior class at Iroquois High School 
  • Providing an online program, Keytrain, at the high school for those students who need preparation and/or remediation to earn the NCRC
  • Facilitating class visits and manufacturing tours for students and providing information on education and career pathways in manufacturing they can pursue after high school
  • Offering summer classes in the Certified Production Technician training to recent graduates of Iroquois High School; through partnerships with employers, the center will connect the students who earn the CPT to manufacturing internships and paid entry-level positions

For more information about the programs and services of the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, job seekers and employers should call 502-276-9711, Ext. 4001.

Partners in the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center are Jefferson Community and Technical College, Jefferson County Public Schools (JCPS) Adult Education, JCPS Career and Technical Education, JCPS Iroquois High School Magnet Career Academy and KentuckianaWorks. 

Funding for the Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center is provided by the Louisville Redevelopment Authority, Workforce Investment Act, National Fund for Workforce Solutions, JPMorgan Chase Foundation, PNC Foundation, the James Graham Brown Foundation and the Community Foundation of Louisville.

Part of the Kentucky Career Center Partnership