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Gateway Seeking Northern Kentucky Applicants for Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship

Gateway Community & Technical College is reaching out to Northern Kentucky school systems to seek applicants for eight scholarships aimed at students interested in advanced manufacturing careers.

Partners for a Competitive Workforce and Duke Energy will award the scholarships to eight high school juniors or seniors who can enroll in a Certified Production Technician course to be taught at Gateway's Boone Campus beginning in February 2015.

The scholarships, valued at $2,250 each, will provide for tuition, books and assessments associated with the course, which is endorsed by the National Association of Manufacturers.

Students who complete this six-credit-hour course and pass all four assessments will earn a nationally recognized, industry-driven Certified Production Technician credential, said Carissa Schutzman, Gateway dean of Workforce Solutions. The CPT credential is widely accepted by manufacturers as an excellent pre-apprenticeship or pre-hire foundation course in manufacturing skills.

Scholarship applicants must be a current high school junior or senior, be able to take the course next spring, attend a high school in Duke Energys service area, have an overall grade point average of 2.0 or better on a 4.0 scale, and be planning to pursue a career in advanced manufacturing.

Schutzman said the course will be taught at Gateway's Center for Advanced Manufacturing in Florence on Tuesdays and Thursdays from 4:30 to 7:45 p.m. from Feb. 3 to May 7.

Students interested in applying for the scholarship should contact their high school principals or Carissa.schutzman@kctcs.edufor an application and procedures. Applications are due by Dec. 1 and will only be accepted by email.