‘Cool Girls in Aerospace’ l Mayor's Message

By Mukilteo Mayor Jennifer Gregerson | May 09, 2018

Encouraging women to pursue careers in aerospace isn’t just about preparing the future of the workforce.

The fact is that jobs in science, technology, engineering and math - also called “STEM” - pay 33 percent more on average than non-STEM jobs.

Closing the pay gap between men and women means encouraging girls to explore all the same opportunities as boys. That is why the city is hosting our second “Cool Girls in Aerospace seminar this year, to encourage some of our bright young women in Mukilteo to really consider careers in aerospace and other STEM fields.

I want them to get some hands-on experiences, meet some brilliant women and be inspired to dream big dreams. I want our kids to know there’s a place for them at our great aerospace companies who need their smarts and their energy now more than ever.

This program is a partnership with Edmonds Community College and the Washington Aerospace Training & Research (WATR) Center, allowing 10 area middle school girls an introduction to the aerospace industry as a future career.

These girls will have an opportunity to work in a real-life training lab at the WATR Center built to simulate world-class manufacturing facilities such as those here in Mukilteo.

I’m proud to bring city resources to young women in a safe, summer camp atmosphere to expand their horizons in career exploration. They could be part of the next generation of employees for many of our Mukilteo-based employers.

“Cool Girls in Aerospace” will run from Aug. 14 to Aug. 17 and will include a tour of Work Force Development Center and three days at the WATR Center, where they will be able to complete a project using manufacturing equipment and many types of aerospace materials used to make rockets and jets.

The city is looking for a maximum of 10 girls aged 12 to 16 years old that will attend middle school or high school in the fall of 2018.

Interested participants must complete an online application (https://mukilteowa.gov/departments/executive/cool-girls-application/), and have parental approval. The deadline to apply is May 25.

I loved growing up in Mukilteo and after college, I was fortunate to find a great career that allowed me to stay in my hometown and put down my own roots here.

I want that same dream to become reality for today’s young women and I want them to know there’s a place for them at our great aerospace companies who need their smarts and their energy now more than ever.

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