HOPKINSVILLE, KY. (May 20, 2022) Spencer Harned has been named the 2022 HOPFAME Distinguished Graduate at Hopkinsville Community College. Harned earned an Associate in Applied Science (AAS) degree in industrial maintenance technology upon graduation and completion of the HOPFAME program, which is a work-and-learn partnership between HCC and nearly 20 regional manufacturers.
Harned, who was employed by Novelis during the two-year program, was selected based on his outstanding performance both in the classroom and on the job. The Distinguished Graduate award is the highest honor bestowed in the local FAME chapter and recognizes the graduate who most fully embodies all the key elements of the program. The award considers performance at work, application of professional behaviors and manufacturing core exercises, leadership and grade point average.
HOPFAME is the Hopkinsville chapter of the Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KYFAME), a collaborative of manufacturers whose purpose is to implement apprentice-style training to create a pipeline of highly skilled workers. Kentucky is one of 11 states with FAME USA programs.
Forty-two participants have completed the five-semester program at HCC since its launch in 2016. HOPFAME students attend classes at HCC two days each week and work at their employer site three days a week. The curriculum includes not only essential hands-on training but also lean manufacturing principles and critical workplace behaviors. Graduates have 18 months of work experience, extensive knowledge in electricity, fluid power, mechanics, fabrication and robotics, as well as personal skills necessary for success.