Olympic College is sharing a total of $20 million in grant funding with 11 community and technical colleges in the State of Washington, representatives from the aerospace industry, and Centers of Excellence, to provide training in aerospace industry sectors in the region. Olympic College’s portion is $2 million over three years to develop training in Composites Manufacturing Technology, Manufacturing Technology - Precision Machining, and Electronics. The grant award for Air Washington comes from the federal Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training initiative.
WHY IS THIS IMPORTANT?
About 270,000 workers are employed in the aerospace industry in Washington State and the demand for a skilled workforce remains high. Many skilled aerospace workers are projected to retire in the near-term. Washington's leaders, including Governor Gregoire and Senator Cantwell, have prioritized the training of the next generations of skilled aerospace workers in the state, ensuring that Washington remains the world leader of the aerospace industry.
"This is a pivotal point for the competitiveness of America's aerospace industry. Washington needs more than 21,000 new aerospace workers over the next decade to fill new jobs and meet employer demands. And America needs thousands more skilled workers to seize aerospace job opportunities on the horizon. We need to make the right decisions today to create aerospace jobs now - and for our children."
Senator Maria Cantwell, Chair of the Senate Aviation Subcommittee
Please see the Air Washington consortium site for more details about the grant and training and support programs throughout Washington State: www.airwashington.org
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Stephanie Thompson, Olympic College Director of the Air Washington project
The Air Washington project is a consortium of eleven of the state's community and technical colleges which have received a $20M Department of Labor grant to strengthen our aerospace industry through workforce training. By fall of 2014, Air Washington campuses will train more than 2,600 workers in advanced manufacturing/composites, electronics/avionics, aircraft assembly, and aircraft maintenance. In addition to training individuals, Air Washington will be helping businesses attain AS9100 certification, the quality standard for manufacturing in the aerospace industry.
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