Natchitoches Community Alliance Executive Director and GeauxFAME leader Tony Davis, along with GeauxFAME Chair Tommy Peek, representing member Boise Cascade, joined a crowd of dignitaries and AMT students on September 10, 2019 as the national FAME program officially moved from Toyota Motors North America to the National Association of Manufacturers, or NAM. FAME is the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education and offers the Advanced Manufacturing Technician program, referred to as AMT.

The announcement took place at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park, where Special Advisor to the President Ivanka Trump joined NAM President Jay Timmons, Manufacturing Institute Executive Director Carolyn Lee, and Toyota Motor North America Executive Vice President Chris Nielsen to make the announcement. The Manufacturing Institute is the educational arm of NAM and will steward the program’s operations moving forward.

“Our local team brought FAME to Louisiana and it is an honor to be a part of its growth. The AMT program is no doubt going to expand and strengthen workforce in our local economy, giving us another edge in retaining and attracting new industry,” said Tony Davis, Executive Director of the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation (NCA). “We are grateful to the educational partners and member employers that come together to make this program successful.”

FAME is a well-respected model of employer-led training that incorporates a work-learn model. There are three distinct programs under the FAME umbrella, with AMT being the focus program—and starting point for the other two programs. The FAME model incorporates a collaborative of employers partnering with educational providers to implement the program; in Louisiana, that collaborative is GeauxFAME and is centered around Natchitoches. The educational partners are Northwestern State University (NSU) and Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC), with classes taken at the Natchitoches CLTCC campus.

“The AMT program is a game-changer and with FAME going national with the National Association of Manufacturers, we see even more value for this program going forward,” says Tommy Peek, HR Generalist for Boise Cascade and GeauxFAME Chair.

GeauxFAME consists of AFCO, Alliance, Boise Cascade, RoyOMartin, Stella Jones, and Weyerhaeuser, with support from the NCA. 

The mission of the NCA is to provide leadership and support for economic development and workforce solutions in and around Natchitoches parish.

Pictured from left are Tommy Peek, Tony Davis, and Dennis Parker, the Toyota lead for, and creator of, the FAME program during the September 10, 2019 announcement event in Decatur, Alabama.