West Virginia FAME

The West Virginia Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (WV FAME) mission is to drive workforce development initiatives across West Virginia. WV FAME’s primary focus is to develop and grow a skilled pipeline of workers through the engagement of the current and future workforce in partnership with industry and the community.


You’re smart, career-oriented, and ready for a well-paying career right now. With West Virginia Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (WV FAME), you can dive into a challenging advanced manufacturing career while receiving the education needed to build your resume and make you highly marketable to manufacturers across the state.

Once you’re accepted into WV FAME, you will begin work on a combination education/training program to earn an associate’s degree as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT). During the week, you will attend classes at a local community college and work for a local employer – all while being paid a competitive wage for your work.

After five semesters you will have earned an Associate’s degree in Applied Science in Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track, 60 college credit hours, and two years of work experience. At that point, you’ll be ready to enter the workforce full time with all the skills needed to succeed - and with the potential of no school debt!

West Virginia FAME Manufacturing Partners

About West Virginia FAME

You will attend classes certain days of the week while working the other days of the week at a local sponsor’s manufacturing facility for a competitive wage while gaining hands-on experience.

As a participant in the AMT program, you will participate in hands on training and education to develop you as a fully-rounded worker, including:

  • Electricity, Robotics, Fluid Power, Mechanics, PLCs, Industrial Troubleshooting
  • Manufacturing Core Exercises
  • Safety Culture, Visual Workplace Organization, Lean Manufacturing, Problem Solving, and Machine Reliability
  • Professional Behaviors
  • Interested in pursuing a manufacturing and STEM-related career path
  • Aim to advance quickly in your career to pursue the lifestyle you want

West Virginia FAME Chapters

West Virginia has one chapter for FAME currently; learn more below.


BridgeValley CTC
South Charleston, WV

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At the end of the program, students will have earned an associate degree in Applied Science in Industrial Maintenance Technology-Advanced Manufacturing Technician Track, certification as an Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) and two years of work experience – ready to enter your workforce full time with all the skills needed to succeed.

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