The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is an employer-led program to provide and manage career pathways which produce global-best, entry level talent to member employers in key occupational fields. The goal is to address and resolve workforce problems with talent acquisition by providing workers in sufficient numbers based on each member employer’s need, on time, and of global-best talent to ensure business competitiveness. The program includes a strong employer-college activity in which both parties work together in close partnership to mutually promote, guide, manage, and co-educate students in the core Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) Program.
It is considered by many national and workforce leaders to be the best apprentice program in the U.S. These include the National Association of Manufacturers and the Manufacturing Institute in Washington, D.C.; the National Career Pathways Network (NCPN), the largest career pathway organization in America, who recognized it as the best career pathway in the U.S. in 2013 and in 2018 designated it as the benchmark program for other career pathways to follow; Project Lead The Way, a highly respected national STEM organization with 13,500 programs in U.S. schools; the Hope Street Group which, after a comprehensive national study, designated it the best U.S. program; WorkingNation, which made a video about it named “Model of the Future,” and more
Nearly 300 other employers think so, including well-recognized names like Toyota, GE, Hershey, Caterpillar, Ford, Tyson, Jack Daniels, Snap-on, Georgia Pacific, Nike, Link-Belt, Dow, Hitachi, Dana, Kimberly-Clark, Bosch, and more. The successful graduation rate is significantly higher than traditional technical college programs, as is the post-graduation hire rate. It’s built on an educational “pull-system” address the need for sufficient numbers. It’s lead by the employers and so content, experience, and coordination are much more aligned to actual industry needs, helping to address educational quality and work readiness. It has a structured recruiting model, is expandable to other needed occupations in manufacturing, and is not a commercial, for-profit program.