Kyleb McMahon was named the recipient of the Distinguished Graduate Award, the highest honor bestowed upon a student completing the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. A collaborative endeavor between Central Louisiana Technical Community College/Bossier Parish Community College Natchitoches Campus, Northwestern State University, and sponsoring manufacturing companies, students take part in a rigorous program, devoting 40 hours a week to studying and an apprenticeship. McMahon, who is employed with Boise Cascade, was selected based on professional and academic achievement.
The locally established GeauxFAME Chapter is part of the national umbrella of FAME, the Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education, which seeks to develop technical talent for manufacturing employers of technical works. The GeauxFAME Chapter was the first established in Louisiana, joining over 30 chapters nationwide, in 12 states.
“Kyleb has been a gleaming success for the GeauxFAME AMT program and Boise Cascade’s skilled technical department. We are fortunate to have this young professional in our organization and look for him leading from the front and solving critical problems in the future,” said Tommy Peek, President of the Louisiana GeauxFAME Chapter.
The award considers performance at work, learning and application of professional behaviors, learning and application of the practices of the Manufacturing Core Exercises, leadership, and program grade point average.
“While the award is determined by the GeauxFAME Chapter employers, significant input is also needed from the faculty. The program faculty not only provide quality instruction, but mentor these students daily on being successful in their respective careers, “said Gwen Fontenot, Interim Campus Dean of Bossier Parish Community College Natchitoches Campus.
Students in the AMT program work three days per week in one of the sponsoring manufacturing facilities and take classes two days per week that are taught by NSU and CLTCC/BPCC faculty. Upon completion of the two-year program, graduates receive an AMT certificate, as well as an associate degree in engineering technology from NSU that is applicable to a bachelor’s degree should the student wish to continue studies. Completers also have earned valuable hands-on work experience and a competitive edge over their peers.
McMahon, a graduate of Many High School, and was excited to continue his education close to home. “Do not let fear hold you back from chasing your dreams. With no risk, comes no reward. I am so glad I took a chance two years ago and enrolled in the AMT program. It has changed my life and paved the way for a successful future,” stated McMahon.
The AMT program is supported by the Natchitoches Economic Development Alliance. Partnering companies include AFCO Industries, Alliance Compressors, Boise Cascade, International Paper, Natchitoches Regional Medical Center, Modern Equipment and Electronics Equipment, RoyOMartin, Stella-Jones and Weyerhaeuser.
For additional information, please contact Gwen Fontenot, Interim Campus Dean, BPCC Natchitoches, at (318) 357-3162.