“This Program is Building Leaders!” The AMT Program at NSU/CLTCC is Taking Applications

Kevin Shannahan

The Central Louisiana Technical Community College in Natchitoches hosted over 10 young man and women and their families for its Manufacturing Open House Thursday, Mar 14. The Open House showcased a unique partnership designed to address the changing workforce needs of area manufactures while providing an incredible opportunity to students willing to work hard.

Northwestern State University, The Central Louisiana Technical Community College and several area manufacturing plants have joined forces to offer the 2 year Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, This program, now in its third year, offers students an opportunity to earn an Associate’s Degree in Engineering Technology from NSU as well as a certificate as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician from CLTCC. One of the many attractive features of the program is receiving hands on training with a salary, currently a minimum of $12.00 per hour, from one of the participating area manufactures. In 2 years, the student will have earned an Associate’s degree, a nationally recognized certificate as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician and 2 years of relevant work experience – having earned a salary while in school!

One of the program’s first students is Ben Gewin, a 2017 St. Mary’s alumni, who was in the initial AMT cohort. In a few short months, Ben will graduate and go on to further engineering study. In his time working at Alliance Compressors as he took classes, Gewin worked his way through different aspects of the manufacturing process. He and his classmates are an impressive group of young people who will go far in life.

This superb opportunity is the result of a collaboration between the Natchitoches Community Alliance, Northwestern State University, Central Louisiana Technical Community College and several area manufacturing firms seeing a critical need and working together to address it. This program is currently the only one of its kind in the state of Louisiana.

The AMT program will be enrolling its third class of around 20 men and women soon. If you are interested in jump starting your career, go to www.geauxfame.com, take a look and apply today! Come work hard, change you and your family’s lives and make our area’s economy stronger!

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