OKLAHOMA CITY — The Federation for Advanced Manufacturing Education (FAME) has launched a new chapter in Oklahoma.

FAME’s focus is developing highly trained advanced manufacturing technicians (AMTs). Climate Control Group, an HVAC manufacturer with five factory locations in Oklahoma City, is working closely with FAME to support the launch of the Oklahoma chapter, the company said in a press release.

The FAME program provides a career path in manufacturing through education and training, while partnering with local manufacturers to provide on-the-job work experience and income. Upon completion of a two-year program, students earn an associate degree in applied science degree, an AMT certification, and the potential for immediate full-time employment.

Oklahoma State University will serve as the chapter’s educational partner, providing classroom, laboratory space, equipment, and instructors for the program. The Oklahoma City Chamber of Commerce will act as the hub organization and convening partner, bringing businesses, community leaders, and stakeholders together for the program’s success.

“As an employer in Oklahoma over multiple decades, we understand the importance of the manufacturing talent pipeline,” said John Behrend, Climate Control Group’s senior human resources director. “We are thrilled to be among the first partners to introduce FAME to Oklahoma City. We are dedicated to developing this exceptional program in our community and giving people a chance to grow their skills.”

Climate Control Group will help give students a competitive edge to earn high-paying and skilled positions in the HVAC industry, the company said.