About FAME:


The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) is a nationally recognized program based on Toyota’s Advanced Manufacturing Technician (AMT) program. The earn-while-you-learn model provides students the pathway to earn an industry recognized degree while gaining valuable experience at a sponsoring company. In less than 2 years, graduates of the program earn an Associate degree, an AMT Certification, and log approximately 1,800 on-the-job hours at their sponsoring company. If selected, students participate in the 40-hour per week training program where they attend college two days a week and work three days a week (at least 24 hours) at their sponsoring company. To learn more about the National FAME Program, click here.

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Benefits to students:

  • Career development throughout the program, leading to potential employment at an advanced level

  • Enhanced soft skills and professional practices including work attendance, initiative, interpersonal relations, teamwork, communication, and more

  • Peer and self-assessments built into program

  • Opportunity to network with other students and apply that knowledge in the workplace

  • Potentially zero student-loan debt

Lydia Mihalik, Director of the Ohio Development Services Agency and former Mayor of Findlay, sent a message of encouragement as they began their journey.

Benefits to Business/Community:

  • Increases the skill level of employees in the manufacturing industry and helps to enhance the image of the manufacturing industry

  • Creates and promotes manufacturing-related career path opportunities

  • Community becomes a talent hub for training in Manufacturing

  • Investments in community, workforce, building pipeline, replacing aging workforce, networking, leverage for diversity

  • Investments in the workforce, business community, and overall well being of Findlay-Hancock County

In Hancock County, OH! FAME launched their initial cohort in August 2019. Eleven AMTs joined the program sponsored by seven different manufacturers. Students have mentors and success coaches to help guide them through the process as well as coach them through career planning, financial stability, and personal growth.

2019 Cohort Sponsors:

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Application Checklist:

To view a printable version, click here.

  1. Complete the OH! FAME Application

    • Priority Deadline to apply for OH! FAME’s 2020 AMT cohort: December 13, 2019 at 11:59 PM

  2. Complete the Owens Admissions Application

    • When choosing a program of study, please select Associate of Technical Studies for the OH! FAME process

  3. Schedule the Placement Test

    • Contact Testing Services or 567-661-TEST for evaluation of testing needs

    • If you have taken the ACT or SAT within the past 2 years, you may submit your scores to Owens for review.

    • For preparation, click here.

  4. Submit your Academic Transcripts

    • You will need to submit an official high school or GED transcript to the Owens Community College Records Office.

    • Your transcripts should be sent to Owens Community College/Records Office, P.O. Box 10,000, Toledo, OH 43699-1947.

      • If you graduated high school, you will need to call your high school and have them send your transcript.

      • If you earned your GED, you will need to visit www.gedtestingservice.com and send a GED transcript from the state. All transcripts must be received in a sealed envelope.

    • If you are transferring credits, you are considered a transfer student. You will complete different steps and should refer to the transfer website at www.owens.edu/admissions/transfer.html.

  5. Complete your FAFSA

    • The FAFSA opens on October 1 and will let you know if grants and student loans are available to help pay for the expenses of college.

Set Your Calendar:

  • Deadline to apply: December 13, 2019

  • OH! FAME amt interviews: February 3 - 14, 2020

  • Offers due from Business Sponsors by April 3, 2020

  • Acceptance letters due from OH! FAME Applicants by April 10, 2020

  • Signing Day for OH! FAME Applicants, Sponsors, Parents, and Community: May 2020