In many places across the country, manufacturers are encountering a sizeable skills gap when they look for technical talent to staff their operations. But Louisville, with its large manufacturing sector, has taken a big step toward closing that gap.

Jefferson Community and Technical College (JCTC) recently opened its $23 million Advanced Manufacturing and Information Technology (AMIT) Center. The facility, which is expected to impact 3,000 students annually, offers programs that cover things like industrial maintenance, IT, and applied process technology. Not only will the Center provide companies with a highly trained, job-ready workforce, it will prepare the students to pursue in-demand employment opportunities.