Students in the Engineering Technology (ENG) and Industrial Technology (IMT) programs of study at the Laurel County Schools Center for Innovation (CFI) visited Eastern Kentucky University (EKU) on Friday, April 14, 2017. The students visited the Applied Engineering, Aviation Science, and Aerospace Technology program areas to learn about higher-wage, higher-demand STEM training available at EKU. Students also enjoyed the opportunity to participate in the Aviation Career Fair that featured major airlines such as UPS, ExpressJet, and Endeavor Air.
Students learned about the important aerospace manufacturing sector in Kentucky and aircraft maintenance companies. “This was an extraordinary learning opportunity for our students to learn about advanced manufacturing,” said Mr. Gary Karr, IMT instructor at the CFI. “Our students were excited to learn about all the aspects of applied engineering,” remarked Mrs. Chandra Lawson, ENG instructor at the CFI.
Kentucky’s aerospace products and parts increased by +24.3% in 2016 to nearly $11 billion in aerospace parts and products are manufactured in Kentucky and exported creating hundreds and even thousands of higher wage, higher demand career pathways in advanced manufacturing plants to include engineers, drafting technicians, industrial production workers, welding and electrical technicians, industrial maintenance technicians, etc..