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Ivanka Trump invites Advanced Manufacturing Technician program students to join her for a group photo after she toured the facility at the Alabama Robotics Technology Park on Tuesday. [JERONIMO NISA/DECATUR DAILY]

Ivanka Trump announced in Decatur today that the Manufacturing Institute is taking over the FAME academic/work program.

President Donald Trump’s eldest daughter and senior adviser visited the Alabama Robotics Technology Park and said Toyota Motor North America is passing the Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education program to the Manufacturing Institute.

In the FAME program, students earn a two-year degree as advanced manufacturing technicians while working part time.

Toyota began the program in Kentucky, and Calhoun Community College in Decatur was the first location to start a FAME program outside of Kentucky.

The program has grown so fast that “FAME developed a life of its own,” Ivanka Trump said. She said the program is needed in the rest of the country to create a skilled workforce to fill the empty 500,000 vacancies in manufacturing.

The Manufacturing Institute is the workforce and education partner of the National Association of Manufacturers.

bayne.hughes@decaturdaily.com or 256-340-2432. Twitter @DD_BayneHughes.

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