Core Plus Aerospace May 2024 News

Hands-On Advanced Manufacturing Skills on Display at State Competition

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Sixty-seven students, representing 16 high schools and skills centers from across Washington state participated in the 2024 SkillsUSA Manufacturing and Assembler competition at Boeing’s factory in Everett last month. Students took part in a hands-on skills activity, received feedback on their resumes from Boeing hiring managers, and practiced their interviewing skills.

Congratulations to the winners of the competition:

Job Profile: Learn what a Tool Maker does

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Kai, a Core Plus Aerospace graduate from Northwest Career & Technical Academy, shares his experience as a Tool Maker at Boeing’s Everett factory. In this video, he explains what he does on a daily basis, what tools he uses, the skills he learned in Core Plus Aerospace, and his plans for the future. You can see how classroom skills translate directly to careers and opportunities after graduation. Watch Kai’s video and learn more about pathways for Core Plus Aerospace graduates!

Program Spotlight: Renton School District

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We’re excited to share this partner spotlight on Core Plus Aerospace programs in the Renton School District!

The Renton School District serves over 15,000 students, including 4,500 across four high schools. It provides an extensive Career and Technical Education program, offering exploration, preparatory coursework, and hands-on experiences in various industries, including manufacturing. Core Plus Aerospace classrooms simulate real-world manufacturing environments, fostering continuous learning and personal growth under teacher guidance.

Stories of Core Plus Aerospace Students Reaching New Heights

We are excited to share the 2023 Core Plus Aerospace annual report, which shows the impact of the curriculum and partners, including:

  • 3000+ high school students enrolled in 50+ Core Plus Aerospace programs across the state
  • 1,000+ Core Plus Aerospace graduates having been hired at Boeing since 2015
  • 3,100+ students pursuing aligned credentials at Washington’s community and technical colleges

High School Seniors: Apply to be part of STEM Signing Day

Washington State STEM Signing Day, presented by Boeing, is just around the corner! Just like signing days for athletes, STEM Signing Day will celebrate graduating high school seniors who are committed to pursuing a STEM (science, technology, engineering, and math) discipline at a college, university, or other postsecondary program. Core Plus Aerospace students have shared their desires over the years to pursue any number of STEM pathways – from mechatronics and manufacturing to aviation and engineering. This is a great opportunity to acknowledge the hard work that the high school class of 2024 has put in and support their dreams for the future. Encourage students to fill out the application today so they can be honored in June!