Gateway Seeking Northern Kentucky Applicants for Advanced Manufacturing Scholarship

Gateway Community and 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 Gateways 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 Gateways 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.