The global pandemic has changed how we live, work, and learn. Throughout all that life has thrown at each of us in the last year, student interest in manufacturing continues to grow and the commitment of Washington’s educators to support career readiness remains constant.

Core Plus Aerospace has experienced growing enrollment across Washington state, from just eight schools and 100 students just five years ago to more than 1,300 students enrolled across 44 partner high schools and skills centers today, with more on the way. Add to that, the launch of Core Plus Construction and Maritime programs at schools across the state, will leverage a shared foundation in hands-on manufacturing education and real-world skills.

As we look ahead, it is inspiring to reflect on the talent, resilience, and commitment demonstrated by our students, teachers, and families throughout the last year:

  • More than 60 students put their manufacturing talents to work during the annual SkillsUSA Washington Manufacturing Assembler Competition.
  • Educators, students, and families met the challenges of school building closures with grit and determination. A team of veteran Core Plus Aerospace instructors customized the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum for remote and hybrid instruction, delivering a new library of content with nearly 70 instructional videos, hands-on activity guides, and instructional materials.
  • Instructors and industry partners have continued to partner and deliver on instructional webinars that help students sharpen skills, explore careers, and learn from manufacturing professionals.
  • The Core Plus Aerospace Summer Internship hosted by The Boeing Company went virtual. A diverse group of 25 students from 18 schools participated in a paid, virtual internship where they sharpened skills, connected with mentors, and explored post-high school options.
  • Washington’s community and technical colleges offer more than 40 manufacturing programs that build on the Core Plus Aerospace foundation. Core Plus Aerospace also prepares students for workforce entry, four-year degree programs, apprenticeships, and the military.

We continue to be inspired by students’ exploration and interest in manufacturing and by the commitment of educators and industry to prepare students for the great opportunities ahead. The year ahead will bring more opportunities to partner and grow Core Plus Aerospace, to showcase Washington’s manufacturing industry, and most importantly, build the workforce of the future. We hope you’ll join us in that effort!

Rebecca Wallace
Executive Director, Career & Technical Education
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
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Michelle Burreson
Senior Manager – BCA Workforce Development
The Boeing Company
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