Presidential advisor Ivanka Trump, an advocate for workforce development, recently stopped in Alabama to announce the expansion of the Federation of Advanced Manufacturing Education program. The event was held at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park in Tanner.
Toyota Manufacturing North America, originator of FAME, and The Manufacturing Institute, have now joined forces to take the program into other parts of Alabama and nationwide. Twelve other states also house FAME chapters, which consist of partner companies that employ the FAME apprentices while they take college courses to receive manufacturing certifications.
AIDT Assistant Director Kristi Bain was on hand for the announcement, which almost didn’t happen in Alabama. “Originally, it was to have been made in another state. But, those plans fell through at the last minute. We got the request a week and a half prior to the specific date and were thrilled to host Ms. Trump and the FAME officials at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park.”
As for the expansion of the program itself, Bain said that she is excited about the possibilities for manufacturers already in the state, but also for those that are considering Alabama as a new home. Watch her video here.
“Companies involved in FAME see that it works. They have bought into the program,” she added.
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