March 8, 2023


Leanne Stowers

Economic Development Manager


WV FAME Chapter to Host Open House

HURRICANE, W.Va – The Putnam County Development Authority, the cornerstone organization for the Kanawha Valley FAME Chapter, will host an open house on Tuesday, March 21, 2023 from 5:00p.m. – 7:00p.m. at the Advanced Technology Center on the South Charleston campus of BridgeValley Community and Technical College.

The open house will allow those interested in the FAME program the opportunity to tour the Advanced Technology Center, learn more about advanced manufacturing technology, and speak to FAME participating companies, Toyota West Virginia and Nucor Steel West Virginia.

FAME is a workforce training program supported by the Manufacturing Institute that follows the apprenticeship model allowing students to attend community college while providing paid on-the-job work experience at Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia or Nucor Steel West Virginia. Students earn a sustainable wage and a potentially debt-free two-year Associates Degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology with the WV Invests Program.

“PCDA has been instrumental in advancing the growth of the WV FAME Kanawha Valley Chapter and its mission to drive workforce development initiatives,” said Luke Carney, Senior Engineering Manager Drivetrain Maintenance, Toyota West Virginia. “With the help of PCDA, the Kanawha Valley Chapter of FAME has been able to meet their AMT recruiting goal.”

The Putnam County Development Authority teamed up with Toyota Motor Manufacturing West Virginia, Nucor Steel West Virginia, and BridgeValley Community and Technical College to lead the West Virginia FAME initiative in preparing the next generation of manufacturing workers.

The Putnam County Development Authority is the economic development organization for Putnam County, West Virginia focusing on creating jobs, increasing the tax base, and facilitating development in the county through attraction and retention which consists of widely different and unique tasks. At its core, PCDA is driving development in Putnam County.