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21 state community and technical colleges receive funding to grow high-demand aerospace programs

June 10, 2014 by Katie Rose

OLYMPIA, Wash. – The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today announced funding for 21 Washington community and technical colleges to increase their student capacity in high-demand aerospace programs. An important element of the state Legislature’s package to guarantee the Boeing 777X would be built in the state, the $8 million in funding will create positions for more than 1,000 students across Washington. The college programs will support a wide variety of specialties like machining and composite materials manufacturing.

“We committed to continuing investment in the aerospace training programs that matter most to the industry,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “I’m pleased to see the wide variety of programs and geographic distribution of the colleges that were funded and that a subcommittee led by aerospace industry executives made the final recommendations for funding. With our commitment to ongoing investment, Washington is well positioned to maintain our world leading aerospace workforce.”

A subcommittee of the Washington Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Advisory Committee worked with SBCTC staff to review and select the winning proposals. In all, 40 proposals were submitted from 24 colleges.

“The caliber of all the applications made this an impressive process,” said Tim Morgan, CEO of TTF Aerospace, a member of the subcommittee. “After two days of reviewing the proposals, the committee was left wishing we had more funding so that more students and the aerospace companies that will no doubt hire them could benefit.”

The programs will begin in the 2014-2015 school year. Outcomes will be monitored and future funding will be dependent on the institutions meeting their stated program capacity.

“We are grateful for this investment,” said Marty Brown, SBCTC executive director. “We intend to continue to work closely with the Pipeline Committee and incorporate its recommendations to make sure in-demand programs are funded and meeting the needs of the aerospace industry.”

Community and technical college aerospace programs funded by SBCTC

College Main campus location Program name(s)
Bates Technical College Tacoma Tacoma • Machining Expansion
• Welding
Bellingham Technical College Bellingham Bellingham • Aerospace Engineering
• Precision Machining
Big Bend Community College Moses Lake • AMT Program
• Composites Certificate
Clark College  Vancouver • Machine Technology
• CAD Drafting Technology
Clover Park Technical College  Lakewood • Welding
• CNC Machine Technology
Edmonds Community College  Lynnwood • Engineering Technology
• Engineering Transfer
Everett Community College  Everett  • Machine Tool Technology
• Engineering
Green River Community College  Auburn • Aerospace Engineering
• Aerospace Machining
Highline Community College Des Moines • Engineering
Lake Washington Institute of Technology  Kirkland • Welding
• CNC Machine Technology
Olympic College  Bremerton • Engineering Technology
• Electronics
North Seattle College  Seattle • CATIA and CADD
• Avionics/Electronics
Peninsula College  Port Angeles • CNC Machining
• Composites Technology
Renton Technical College  Renton • Precision Machining
Shoreline Community College  Shoreline • Aerospace Machining
Skagit Valley College  Mount Vernon • Composites
• Manufacturing Technology
South Puget Sound Community College  Olympia • Computerized Manufacturing
South Seattle College  Seattle • AMT Program
• Composites
Spokane Community College  Spokane • AMT and CNC
Tacoma Community College  Tacoma • Engineering
Wenatchee Valley College  Wenatchee • Machining



Katie Rose, Communications Associate, SBCTC, 360-704-4367,
Alex Pietsch, Director, Office of Aerospace, 360-742-4379,

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