NATCHITOCHES – The Natchitoches Campus of Central Louisiana Technical Community College (CLTCC) and Northwestern State University will host a Commitment Signing ceremony for students enrolled in the Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. The ceremony will take place at the CLTCC Natchitoches Campus at 10 a.m. Tuesday, Aug. 7
The signing event will be similar to signing events held at high schools to celebrate seniors when they sign letters of intent to play a particular sport for a college or university, administrators said. Students will be signing letters of intent to work for a particular manufacturing company such as RoyOMartin, Stella-Jones, AFCO, Alliance, Pilgrims and Boise Cascade while enrolled in the AMT program.
“This program allows students to work and gain real life experiences while going to school and aligns with Northwestern State’s initiatives to be market-responsive,” said NSU President Dr. Chris Maggio. “We are excited to partner with business and industry and our technical and community colleges to better prepare students to be competitive in the workforce.”
These companies have agreed to sponsor students, which includes paid employment, on-the-job training, senior technician mentorship and coaching. During the two-year program, students attend class two days a week and work for their sponsoring manufacturer three days a week.
“Our signing day activities will honor students accepted into the AMT program, recognize the company sponsors, and celebrate the support we have received from the community,” said Laurie Morrow, CLTCC Natchitoches Campus Dean. “This is a unique opportunity to publicize the benefits of the AMT program and demonstrate the value of higher education.”
The AMT program was developed through a partnership between CLTCC, NSU and the Natchitoches Community Alliance Foundation, Inc., to train students for today’s manufacturing processes, increase enrollment in this field of study and close the skills gap by partnering with local manufacturing companies.
Students who successfully complete the two-year AMT program will receive an associate degree in Industrial Engineering Technology (IET) from NSU with an emphasis in Advanced Manufacturing and a technical certificate from CLTCC. Students can continue their education by pursuing a bachelor’s degree from NSU or seeking full-time employment with a sponsoring company or both.
Students are not guaranteed positions with the sponsoring manufacturer after completion of the AMT program but graduates have an opportunity to be hired with a good salary and benefits.
The signing is open to media and the public. For more information, contact Fran Phoenix at (318) 487-5443, ext. 1124 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
More information on the AMT program is available at https://nca-la.com/workforce-ready/amt/.