About eKAMI

eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute (eKAMI) is a workforce development training center providing skills training for the advanced manufacturing industry.  eKAMI focuses on training services for CNC machining, operations, set-up and programming, quality inspection, robotics, and soft skills training. Students train on state-of-the-art computer numeric controls and robotics equipment, learning to program, set-up and operate machines that produce parts for industries including aerospace, medical, construction, and automotive.

eKMI shop training floor

eKAMI Shop Floor

The Mission

eKAMI provides hi-tech automation and robotics skills training to eastern Kentucky’s workforce in preparation for the “new-collar” digital careers of today.

Kathy Walker (left), Gene Haas (right)

Kathy Walker moved to Paintsville, Kentucky, over 30 years ago from the Washington, D.C. area.  Her first small town experience, Kathy quickly adapted to life in rural Kentucky, enjoying the slower pace, natural beauty and, most of all, the people.  Kathy began her career in the coal industry, later diversifying into the banking business. She is a civic leader and member of several public and private boards.  For the past several years, Kathy has dedicated her time to creating jobs for the people of eastern Kentucky, founding the eKentucky Advanced Manufacturing Institute, (eKAMI).  eKAMI is reskilling the region’s workforce for new careers in the advanced manufacturing industry.  Numerous national news and trade publications have highlighted the success of the innovative and unconventional eKAMI training program in central Appalachia.

eKAMI’s first class began in November, 2017. Since then, there have been hundreds of graduates of the program to enter the workforce. Graduates range from the age of 18 to 65. 

The program lasts 5 months. Students include those who are just out of high school, unemployed, underemployed, those in recovery, and those of the justice-involved population.


eKAMI First Graduating Class

A Premier NIMS Accredited Training Program

eKAMI takes pride in being a NIMS (National Institute for Metalworking Skills) Accredited Training Program. This prestigious accreditation is a testament to the eKAMI commitment to providing high-quality education and training in the field of metalworking.

Choosing eKAMI as your NIMS Accredited Training Program is not just a step towards a career in metalworking; it’s a commitment to excellence and a direct path to success in the dynamic world of manufacturing. 

Join eKAMI and embark on a journey that will empower you with the skills and knowledge needed to thrive in the metalworking industry,

eKAMI NIMS Accredited Prograom

Benefits of Choosing an Accredited Program

Employers prefer candidates with credentials from accredited programs. The NIMS certification from eKAMI will stand out and increase the chances of landing the job desired.

The curriculum is designed to equip the student with the practical skills and knowledge demanded by the metalworking industry. Students graduate with the confidence to apply their skills in real-world scenarios.

Joining an accredited program means becoming part of a broader network of professionals and organizations in the metalworking field. This network can offer valuable insights, mentorship opportunities, and potential job connections.

As an accredited institution, eKAMI is committed to continuous improvement. The curriculum is regularly reviewed and updated to ensure it reflects the latest industry trends and technological advancements, keeping studednts at the forefront of the industry.

NIMS Accreditation: A Mark of Excellence

eKAMI's NIMS accreditation is a seal of approval from the metalworking industry. Employers recognize and value the skills acquired through the program, giving a competitive edge in the job market.

NIMS sets industry standards for metalworking skills. Being accredited means the eKAMI curriculum aligns with these standards, ensuring that the training received is up-to-date and relevant to the evolving needs of the industry.

NIMS accreditation involves a rigorous evaluation process. By choosing eKAMI, be confident that it is an investment into a program that meets or exceeds the highest standards of quality in metalworking education.

The eKAMI Program

The eKAMI program consists of both technical and non-technical skills, developing well-rounded students prepared for a successful life, both professionally and personally.

TECHNICAL training includes cutting-edge, universal skills necessary to succeed in 21st century businesses of advanced manufacturing and logistics. Computer skills, CNC (Computer Numeric Control) Machining and Robotics instruction provide the foundation of the curriculum.
Students earn National CNC credentials from the National Institute of Metalworking Skills (NIMS), as well as credentials from global leaders in the Robotics industry.
NON-TECHNICAL or Interpersonal training includes skills necessary to effectively interact, communicate and work with others as well as lessons on personal financial management, self-awareness, and professionalism.