HCC students celebrate signing with local industries

Hopkinsville Community College and the Kentucky Association of Manufacturers recognized recent graduating students for their success in obtaining future careers at a signing event Friday.

Representatives from Huhtamaki, Metalsa and Toyota Gosei were on hand as students of the HOPFAME program signed on to begin working full time at those manufacturers. Interim Academic Officer Jim Hunter says the signing was to celebrate the students dedication to working long hours while further their education and they represented only a small portion of those who have benefited.

Metalsa Human Development Coordinator Sharon Chilton says the HOPFAME program has helped alleviate the shortage of advanced manufacturing workers.

Workforce and Economic Development Chief Carol Kurviss says the program provides students an avenue into the workforce by providing them education and experience.

Six graduated students took home memorabilia and certifications, but many more students of the program will go on to work at multiple industries in the community.