Fame Program

The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) was officially established in 2018 as a partnership between Dallas College, Garland ISD, the Garland Chamber and various local manufacturers. Its purpose is to establish a stream of world class maintenance technicians suitable for manufacturing companies and a career path for motivated, STEM-minded high-school and college students who are diligent, motivated and who enjoy working with their hands.




Program Overview

FAME is the perfect option for recent high-school graduates looking for an alternative to the four-year university route. This is also an ideal path for non-traditional students including veterans and those seeking to upskill their resumes.

As a FAME student, you’ll be enrolled in a two-year program and receive top-tier training in:

  • Electricity
  • Advanced Engineering Design
  • Manufacturing Engineering
  • Robotics
  • Fabrication, TIG MIG
  • Outdoor Power Robotics

Each week is divided into three days of work and two days of school, allowing students to balance their classroom learning with real-world experience. You will graduate with a two-year Associate’s Degree program, professional interpersonal training and highly-relevant skills you need to compete in today’s job market.

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The FAME program was designed to address common workforce challenges within the manufacturing industry, including:

  • Finding ready-to-work trained technicians
  • Sustaining a pipeline of trained employees
  • Replacing aging-out workforce
  • Cross-training staff to keep up market and product changes

This program prepares young professionals to enter the workforce with both the technical and interpersonal skills needed for success. Upon graduation, FAME students have industry-specific academic foundations combined with on-site, intention work training and coaching in essential professional behaviors and practices.

As a DCMA member, your participation in the local FAME chapter means an opportunity for you to help shape the perception of, and respect for manufacturing careers. Partnering companies also contribute to the local training curriculum and enjoy priority access to job-ready graduates.

Email Paul Mayer to learn more.

Currently participating companies:

Bimbo Bakeries USA – Rockwall, TX
Carroll Clean – Garland, TX
Dal-Tile – Sunnyvale, TX
Kraft Heinz – Garland, TX
Packaging Corporation of America – Garland, TX
Plastipak – Garland, TX

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