Kentucky Governor Bevin announces new Gene Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute

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PAINTSVILLE, Ky. Kentucky Governor Matt Bevin, Haas Automation officials and local leaders announced plans for an advanced manufacturing training facility to be named Gene Haas eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) in Paintsville.

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The Gene Haas Foundation, Oxnard, California has committed $1.5 million dollars. $1,000,000 for infrastructure and another $500,000 in scholarships.

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“The opportunity we present today will positively impact the economy and people of Eastern Kentucky for generations to come,” said Gov. Bevin. “In order for this region to prosper, it must have a highly trained workforce capable of competing in the 21st century. The key building blocks of growing jobs and strengthening Eastern Kentucky’s economy are education and workforce development. If we truly believe this and work together, we will make it happen.”

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The initial program is a roughly 16-week advanced course including 15 weeks of technical education and one week of soft skills training.“We have the best workforce in the country,” said Congressman Hal Rogers. “I frequently hear from local business owners about the strong work ethic and dedication of employees in southern and eastern Kentucky, and this program will add the necessary training to help support our growing industries.”

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Classes will begin early 2017 in the meantime students from Kentucky will continue to attend classes at Vincennes University in Indiana with scholarships from Gene Haas Foundation.