Raise The Floor

Raise the Floor is a new program designed by women for women. It is a 12-month training program that provides training and certification in manufacturing skills. Women who participate and succeed in the program may apply for a manufacturing job after just four months. That’s not all. The program assists with developing the support systems women need to be hired and effective in manufacturing positions, including locating transportation and accessing childcare, as well as job placement and career services.

Raise the Floor is a 20-credit-hour program in the Fundamentals of Advanced Manufacturing and Mechatronics. It offers five classes that prepare you for entry-level jobs in manufacturing, including the six-hour Certified Production Technician (CPT) course. Successful completion of the CPT course leads to certification as a Manufacturing Skill Standards Council CPT, which qualifies you to apply for a manufacturing job. The CPT certification is a national, industry-driven credential well-respected by local employers.

Wage/Salary Information
Go to http://www.onetonline.org and search by job title and zip code for current wage information.

Average Annual Manufacturing Wages
Industrial machinery mechanic: $48,576
CNC machinist: $41,646
Welder: $34,676

Source: Workforce Kentucky

Where are classes offered?

Raise the Floor classes are offered at Gateway’s Center for Advanced Manufacturing at the Boone Campus or the Two Rivers Building. Both locations are served by a TANK shuttle bus (free with Gateway ID) that can be boarded at Gateway locations in Covington, Edgewood and Florence. In addition, Gateway students can ride regular TANK buses free any time to any destination upon showing their Gateway student ID card.

How Do I Enroll?

  1. Apply online to Gateway if you are not already a student.
  2. Attend a Raise the Floor information Workshop.
  3. Complete and return a Raise the Floor Application.

Tuition/Financial Aid

Gateway tuition is half the cost of any public university in Kentucky, and most tri-state residents can attend at in-state rates. Financial Aid and scholarships are available, and Gateway is happy to help interested applicants apply for or locate financial aid.

Brittany D. Corde
Raise The Floor Coordinator
Gateway Community and Technical College
500 Technology Way
Florence, KY 41042

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