pathway: 4-year university

Kayla Smith

Hazen High School

Kayla is currently a full-time student at Seattle University and expects to graduate in 2022. She is pursuing a bachelor of science degree in mechanical engineering with a minor in mathematics. After graduation, Kayla wants to work at The Boeing Company with a focus on structural analysis/design. Kayla enjoys using CAD tools and 3D printing.

pathway: Career and Technical College and straight to work after high school

Mykhaylo Solohubovskyy

Sno-Isle TECH and Marysville Getchell High School

Mykhaylo is a 2017 Core Plus Aerospace graduate from Sno-Isle TECH and Marysville Getchell High School. During high school, he participated in the Core Plus Aerospace internship and competed in the SkillsUSA Washington competition. After graduating from high school, Mykhaylo went straight to work at Boeing and continued his education at Everett Community College where he earned his Aviation Maintenance Professional certificate and an FCC license. Mykhaylo is currently an interiors team leader on the 767 at the Boeing plant in Everett.

“Core Plus Aerospace and my internship gave me hands-on, real-world experiences,” Mykhaylo said. “Both gave me a head start and taught me a lot of the skills I use every day at work.”

pathway: Apprenticeship

JT Westmoreland

Lynnwood High School

JT is a 2020 Core Plus Aerospace graduate from Lynnwood High School. JT completed his pre-apprenticeship at Western Washington Sheet Metal JATC and is doing his apprenticeship with Sheet Metal Workers Local Union 66. JT enjoys his apprenticeship because it’s really hands-on and he does something different every day. JT said a lot of the hands-on skills he learned during his Core Plus Aerospace classes – such as learning his way around a shop and working with tools – translate directly to what he’s doing now.

“Core Plus Aerospace can really help students pursue their interests,” JT said. “It got my foot in the door and can provide students with some really great opportunities that can set them up for the rest of their lives’.”

pathway: Straight to Work After High School

Gada Ahmed

Franklin High School

Gada is a 2018 Core Plus Aerospace graduate of Franklin High School and the Seattle Skills Center based at Rainier Beach High School. During high school he also attended The Museum of Flight Aeronautical Science Pathway Program under the Boeing Academy for STEM Learning through Puget Sound Skills Center. Gada always liked working with his hands and became interested in Core Plus Aerospace by an immediate friend. Gada says, “Core Plus Aerospace gave me a strong foundation of skills and exposure to a career. Now I’m seeing the product of those skills and building on them.”

After high school Gada went to work as a structures mechanic at the Boeing Renton plant. Currently he’s working at Boeing as an aviation maintenance technician in the quality department at the Renton Municipal Airport. He is also taking engineering classes at Seattle Central College, with the goal of studying aeronautical engineering at the University of Washington.

pathway: Military

Jared Wallace

Lindbergh High School

Jared’s passion for aerospace came from his dad who is an engineer and took him to tour Boeing plants and the Museum of Flight while growing up. Jared is a 2017 Core Plus Aerospace graduate from Lindbergh High School in Renton. While in high school Jared competed and finished third in riveting in the Washington State SkillsUSA Manufacturing Assembler Competition and says he uses daily many of the skills he learned in his Core Plus Aerospace class, like drilling and welding. Jared also has completed the Boeing Facilities Maintenance internship, with a specialization in mechatronics, and holds an associate degree in mechatronics from Renton Technical College.

Currently, Jared is serving in the Army Reserve at Joint Base Lewis-McChord and is a maintenance electrician at Commencement Bay Corrugated in Orting. Jared says, “Core Plus Aerospace helped me on my military pathway because I got a better understanding of what I enjoyed doing and what I needed to do to accomplish my goals.”