FRANKFORT, Ky. — The Kentucky Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (KY FAME), Kentucky’s nationally-recognized workforce training organization, will sponsor JD Motorsports driver Garrett Smithley in the NASCAR XFINITY Series ALSCO 300 at Kentucky Speedway on July 8.
KY FAME is a partnership of manufacturers and higher-learning institutions that have teamed up to provide education and careers for technically skilled workers in advanced manufacturing. The program offers innovative, apprentice-style education and training designed to create one of the most highly skilled workforces in the world.
“It’s exciting for KY FAME to partner with Garrett Smithley and sponsor him for the ALSCO 300,” said Kim Menke, manager of government affairs for Toyota and president of the KY FAME board of directors. “Garrett is a phenomenal young driver with high potential. I’m thrilled he is willing to provide KY FAME with exposure that will support Kentucky companies and promote manufacturing across the Commonwealth.”
KY FAME student participants enroll in the specialized Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program, where they attend classes two days per week at one of the Kentucky Community and Technical College’s many locations and work an additional 24 hours per week for a sponsoring employer. Upon completion of the program, students receive an associate degree in applied sciences. Most program graduates begin employment with a sponsor company, while others pursue bachelor’s degrees in engineering or business.
KY FAME chapters include the Bluegrass (central Kentucky), Greater Louisville, Northern Kentucky, Elizabethtown/Lincoln Trail, Greater Owensboro, Cumberlands, Southcentral, West Kentucky and Northeast Kentucky regions.
Smithley, in his first full-time XFINITY season, sits 18th in series points despite missing the season-opening race in Daytona. He has two top-15 finishes in his last five races, and previously raced at Kentucky in the ARCA Racing Series.
One of Smithley’s family members is one of KY FAME’s first AMT graduates, currently a skilled team member at TMMK in Georgetown.
“Joining with an industry-led partnership like KY FAME is an exciting opportunity,” Smithley said. “I’ve seen its benefits firsthand within my family. KY FAME provides my generation with pathways to promising futures and to careers that impact our economy.”
“Kentucky’s NASCAR fan base is so important to our sport, and Kentucky Speedway is an amazing track with an electric environment, making this a special stop on the schedule. I am confident you’ll see the Number Nuthin KY FAME Chevrolet Camaro mixing it up on July 8.”
CREDIT: Spire Sports + Ent.