Core Plus Aerospace students thrive in a hands-on learning environment and are out of their seats, working in teams, learning to use hand and power tools, and more.
PATHWAYS AFTER HIGH SCHOOL
The curriculum prepares students for direct entry after graduation into manufacturing careers; apprenticeships; college programs; and the military. Watch this video to learn more.
GRADUATION PATHWAY & CERTIFICATE
The curriculum is state-approved for equivalency credit in English, Science, and third-year Math. Program completion can be used to satisfy the state graduation pathway requirement. Students also receive an industry-recognized certificate of competency upon program completion. Watch this video to learn more.
PAID SUMMER INTERNSHIPS
Core Plus Aerospace students can apply for full-time, paid, six-week summer internships at Boeing’s Renton and Everett facilities. Nearly 80 students participated in the 2022 summer internship. In past years, housing options have been available for students from outside the Puget Sound region. Watch this video to learn how this experience helped two interns.
SKILLS-BASED STATE COMPETITION
Core Plus Aerospace students can compete in the statewide SkillsUSA manufacturing assembler competition each spring. Students showcase their hands-on skills and get experience with mock interviews and resume reviews. Watch this video to learn more.
BUILDING SKILLS AFTER GRADUATION
It’s more important than ever for students to keep building their skills and make their resume stand out. Community and technical colleges across Washington offer courses and training programs that build on the aerospace manufacturing skills students have developed in the Core Plus Aerospace coursework, and can help students fast track their career and increase their earnings potential. Learn more.
What do students learn in Core Plus Aerospace?
Students learn manufacturing skills common across all industries such as shop safety, materials science, precision measurement, and the use of hand and power tools. As students dig deeper into the coursework, they learn industry skills specific to aerospace and advanced manufacturing such as fiber optics, advanced composites, and robotics. Students also learn time management, problem solving, adaptability, and team building.
What types of industries/fields of study do Core Plus Aerospace graduates often go into?
Core Plus Aerospace prepares students for high-demand careers and certificate and degree programs in Aerospace/Aviation, Advanced Manufacturing, Mechatronics, Engineering and more.
What does the demand for workers with the skills that Core Plus Aerospace teaches look like?
There will be more than 4 million open manufacturing jobs in the U.S. in the next decade. There are 265,000 jobs in Washington, with an average annual compensation of $96,000 a year. An increasingly large portion of that workforce is becoming eligible for retirement. Washington manufacturers need talented workers and the door is open to a new generation of employees. Students who complete the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum will be ready to apply directly for entry-level advanced manufacturing jobs. Boeing alone has hired more than 1,000 Core Plus Aerospace graduates since 2015.