LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- A free training program for entry-level manufacturing positions has placed its 1,000th graduate in a job. 

The Kentucky Manufacturing Career Center, which was created by KentuckianaWorks in 2013, celebrated the milestone Monday in a press conference with Mayor Greg Fischer.

The program offers Louisville-area residents several workforce credentials, including the "certified production technician." People who complete the 2- or 4-week courses often have an advantage over other applicants at participating employers like GE Appliances, Dant Clayton Corp. and Paradise Tomato.

KMCC graduates have gotten jobs at more than 100 factories in the area after the training. 

"KMCC is a model," said Tony Crawford, who got a job at Bigelow Tea in Jeffersontown, becoming the KMCC's 1,000th hire. "They focus on training, education, and they not only want you to find a job, they want you to have a career." 

The KMCC is at the Airport Industrial Center off Southside Drive in south Louisville. 

The next session starts June 5. Click here for more information.

KentuckianaWorks is the local workforce investment agency for Jefferson and surrounding Kentucky counties.

Funding for the KMCC, which has a budget of $600,000 to $700,000 a year, comes from a mix of federal Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act dollars and contributions from local employers.

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