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The spring of 2020 dealt a series of unprecedented challenges to Washington schools as buildings closed and teachers and students switched to distance learning. We’ve been awed by your resilience and want to use this month’s newsletter to highlight a few of the Core Plus Aerospace stories from 2019-20 that rise to the top in showcasing hard-working students, instructors, and CTE directors. Looking ahead, we’re also excited to see what’s in store for students taking part in the virtual Core Plus Aerospace internship with Boeing this summer. Stay tuned to our social media feeds to hear more about their experiences and to access additional resources and information in preparation for the 2020-21 school year!
RESOURCES FOR STUDENTS
Class of 2020: Congratulations again! We’re here to help you find your next step. Download this resource, which includes a post-graduation “To Do” list with key tasks, links to relevant courses and training programs at Washington community and technical colleges (it’s not too late to apply!), and important information about financial aid and scholarships.
What’s out there for high school students just getting started on a path toward a manufacturing career? This checklist and video can help! The step-by-step guide highlights actions to take and questions to ask from freshman year through graduation. It starts with work on the High School and Beyond Plan and ends with a variety of post-high school options – including a manufacturing job, an apprenticeship, college, and the military.
2020 SKILLSUSA COMPETITION
At this year’s SkillsUSA Washington Manufacturing Assembler Competition in late February, Christopher Wigestrand from Hazen High School in the Renton School District won first place, Jeric Liam of Renton High School was awarded second place, and Matthew Oakes of Elma High School earned third place. Sixty students from 20 high schools and skills centers across Washington participated in the event – twice the number of schools as last year! Check out the competition highlights and meet participating students, instructors, and a CTE director in our video and blog post.
STORIES FROM STUDENTS, TEACHERS, AND STAFF
- Both current students and graduates of Core Plus Aerospace discuss building in-demand manufacturing skills and universal skills that will help in any career. Featured students from this past school year include Khalid Abdikarani, Braedan Clay, Katherine Verkuyl, Jeric Liam, and Sean Lochrie.
- Hear from some of Boeing’s Summer 2019 Core Plus Aerospace interns and workforce development staff about the internship experience in this video.
- Instructors from Core Plus Aerospace partner schools, such as Puget Sound Skills Center in Burien and Todd Beamer High School in Federal Way, met throughout the year to engage in professional development workshops. Through these sessions, instructors stay up to date on industry standards, brainstorm, and learn project ideas to bring back to the classroom.
- Core Plus Aerospace was featured on the Association of Washington Principals TV, and we celebrated women in manufacturing Boeing employee TJ Campbell about her career in manufacturing.
CURRICULUM SPOTLIGHT SERIES
RESOURCES FOR LAUNCHING CORE PLUS AEROSPACE IN YOUR SCHOOL OR DISTRICT