Those who know Core Plus Aerospace the best are among its strongest advocates. Two instructors and one CTE director recently published op-ed’s about the value Core Plus Aerospace delivers to students. Jared Greenwood, CTE instructor at Options High School in Bellingham, authored an op-ed in the Bellingham Herald, titled “Hands-on learning delivers real-world skills and more options for high school graduates.” William Murray, CTE instructor at Capitol High School in Olympia, advocated for 21st century education that delivers real world skills in an editorial in The Olympian. And Chris Nesmith, director of innovation in Yakima’s West Valley School District, voiced his support for Core Plus in the Washington State School Directors’ Association summer newsletter.
This year, the Washington State Legislature doubled down on its support for Core Plus, approving it as one of multiple pathways to graduation and allocating $900,000 to be distributed each year via competitive grants to start, maintain, and expand Core Plus Aerospace programs. Schools can receive up to $50,000 to create the Core Plus Aerospace program and up to $75,000 to expand existing programs, purchase materials, and provide for professional development. There are other grants available through OSPI that Washington schools can pursue to support the launch, maintenance, or expansion of Core Plus. Click here for a fact sheet with more information.
The online grant application, facilitated by the Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction, will open on September 15th. If you have questions about the application process, please contact the CTE staff at OSPI: email@example.com. Click here to download the fact sheet with more information.
SUMMER INTERNS AT BOEING: VIDEO COMING SOON!
The six-week Core Plus Aerospace summer internship at Boeing allows high school students to exercise the skills they learned in school in a real-world manufacturing setting. Earlier this month, we visited the Boeing Skills Processing Center in Renton to interview four such interns who shared their experiences and the value they’ve received from working inside an aerospace company with global reach. Big thanks to The Boeing Company for investing in Washington students and for hosting us! We look forward to sharing this video, as well as a video about Boeing’s summer training for Core Plus Aerospace instructors, in next month’s newsletter.
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