EvCC partners with Boeing to train students for aerospace jobs

Apr 04, 2012
Courtesy of: Everett Community College Members of The Boeing Company’s Aerospace Academic Alignment Team join Everett Community College officials to celebrate EvCC’s partnership with Boeing at a reception March 29. Pictured are: Sandra Fowler-Hill, David Beyer, Michael Greenwood, Chase Townsend, Jeff Stone, John Bonner and Melissa Helmenstine.

Everett Community College celebrated its ongoing partnership for education and training with The Boeing Company at a reception March 29.

“Everett Community College and Boeing have formed a partnership to develop skills needed for their current and future workforce needs,” said Chase Townsend, senior manager of Boeing’s Aerospace Academic Alignment Team. “This strategic partnership ensures students are successfully prepared for aerospace industry jobs.”

The college has worked to align its curriculum with the skills needed by aerospace employers in programs including advanced manufacturing, composites repair, electronics troubleshooting, machine operations and quality assurance.

EvCC has offered training for aerospace careers for more than 40 years, serving hundreds of individuals and employers every year with degree and certificate programs for in-demand jobs in the aviation industry.

The partnership helps address the statewide shortage of trained aerospace workers, said EvCC President David Beyer.

“This partnership is key to linking training and education for our students with high-demand jobs in the aerospace industry,” Beyer said. “By working together, we are helping fill critical needs for the industry, preparing individuals for family-wage jobs and helping drive economic vitality for our region. This partnership is a win for Boeing, EvCC, our students and our region.”

Training at EvCC is offered through EvCC's Aviation Maintenance Technician School, Corporate & Continuing Education Center and professional-technical programs in welding, machining, composites and industrial design. New programs under development include short-term certificates in precision machining, composites, fiber optics, quality assurance, networking, and manufacturing essentials.

The college recently created the Aerospace Solutions Group, a new division that provides employers with one-stop access to high-demand job training, professional continuing education, corporate training, curriculum design, certificates, degrees and apprenticeship opportunities.

Aerospace training at the college in both credit and non-credit programs has grown considerably over the past year in response to the shortage of employees with the skills needed to help design and build the current and future generation of airplanes, parts, and equipment, said John Bonner, Executive Director of EvCC’s Aerospace Solutions Group.

The college is also the home of the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing, a one-stop resource center for education and industry in the state of Washington.

In the past six months, EvCC was awarded nearly $4 million in grants to support aerospace and advanced manufacturing training.

For more information about aerospace education at EvCC, visit www.everettcc.edu/aerospace.

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