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 include 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, 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 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. More classes will be added this summer. 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.

Check out opportunities for 2014
Eight classes at the manufacturing career have been scheduled between Jan. 13 and June 9. Your first step is to attend a required Orientation Session at the Center, 160 Rochester Drive. Orientation Sessions explain the requirements of the program and how you can qualify for free training. Contact the center at 502-276-9711 for more information on how to get started. Act now before classes fill!

Classes for the Certified Production Technician Certification:

  • April 21 - May 23 -- Daytime classes, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
  • May 5 - June 27 -- Evening classes, Monday through Friday, 5:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m.
  • June 9 - July 11 -- Daytime classes, Monday through Friday, 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. (Iroquois grads, with one week off for tours)

Classes for the Multi-Skilled Technician Training and Certificate:
  • April 14 - May 29 -- Evening classes, Monday through Friday, 5 p.m. to 8 p.m.

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 next class begins April 21 and ends May 23. It is a day class -- 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday. 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 Jefferson County Public Schools Adult Education program has developed curriculum to provide 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.

Multi-Skilled Technician Training and Certificate --This is a 60-hour certificate program offered by JCTC that leads to a college credential. After completing the hands-on course, the Multi-Skilled Technician can function as a well-grounded machine operator in a complex system, with responsibility for efficient operation of the equipment with minimal down time. JCTC will be providing  “mechatronics” training courses April 14 - May 29 (5 p.m. to 8 p.m, Monday through Friday).

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.

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. 

Part of the Kentucky Career Center Partnership