Momentum from the 2022–23 school year is helping the Core Plus Aerospace community of students, educators, industry, families, and more reach new and exciting heights:

  • Over 3,000 students were enrolled in Core Plus Aerospace programs at high schools and skill centers across Washington state.
  • Over 3,100 students are enrolled in 105 community and technical college programs that build on skills students have learned through Core Plus Aerospace high school programs.
  • Over 1,000 Core Plus Aerospace graduates have been hired by Boeing since the program was launched in 2015.

Teachers and counselors, Washington’s manufacturing industry and families continue to support students as they explore their futures and build skills that can lead to well-paying careers in aerospace and advanced manufacturing. Thank you for all you do for students. Over the past year we also celebrated:

  • Growing demand for high school graduates with advanced manufacturing skills at our more than 50 partner high schools and skills centers.
  • More than 130 high school students participated in the Core Plus Aerospace summer internship hosted by Boeing. These students learned real-world, hands-on skills, explored manufacturing career pathways, and networked with Boeing professionals. This year’s record-breaking class included students with goals of being assembler/installers at Boeing, going to college to study engineering, and pursuing apprenticeships in their hometowns.
  • OSPI awarded nearly $900,000 in grants to 23 high schools and skills centers to maintain or expand Core Plus Aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs.
  • Introduction of the Boeing Pre-Employment Training program, an accelerated hiring process that allows Core Plus Aerospace graduates to skip the interview when applying for certain entry-level jobs and move directly to the offer stage. Once hired, all new employees must successfully complete Boeing New Hire Training.

Core Plus Aerospace graduates have incredible opportunities here in Washington state, and across the globe. We are excited to be part of their journeys, sharing their stories in this annual report and showing how learning comes alive in Core Plus Aerospace classrooms.

Rebecca Wallace
Assistant Superintendent, Secondary Education and Pathway Preparation
Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction
Essentia Rivera 
Senior Manager, Workforce Development
Boeing Commercial Airplanes