Bates, Clover Park tech colleges awarded aerospace training grants

Thirteen Washington two-year colleges will share $1.58 million in Governor’s Investment in Aerospace (GIA) grants to develop fast turnover training in aerospace. A mix of Gov. Christine Gregoire’s discretionary Workforce Investment Act (WIA) funds and state aerospace training funds, the grants are designed to assist community and technical colleges throughout the state develop new training in aerospace industry-identified areas.

In response to the governor’s direction of the discretionary WIA funds and the grant request for proposals, community and technical colleges in Washington collaboratively formed the Aerospace Consortium for Employment (ACE). The consortium’s mission is to meet urgent workforce needs with short-term training programs in the areas of precision machining, machine maintenance, fiber optics and quality assurance/inspection. The consortium worked with The Boeing Company to identify areas of immediate need in the aerospace industry and identified two to six month training program opportunities to meet those needs.

ACE applied for and was awarded a GIA grant, which will be applied toward developing programs that retrain or enhance skilled aerospace workers in precision machining, machine maintenance, fiber optics and quality assurance/inspection. Fund allocation and usage vary between the schools. On a whole, the monies will go toward equipment purchase, additional faculty and program development.

Below is a listing of the ACE colleges and their portions of the grant: Bates Technical College (Tacoma) — $91,229

Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham) — $112,944

Columbia Basin College (Pasco) — $111,232

Everett Community College (Everett) — $114,466

Green River Community College (Auburn) — $167,234

Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland) — $172,431

Olympic College (Bremerton) — $101,677

Shoreline Community College (Shoreline) — $80,856

South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia) — $53,188

South Seattle Community College (Seattle) — $3,432

Yakima Valley Community College (Yakima) — $38,600

Two additional colleges received GIA grants:

Clover Park Technical College (Lakewood) — $356,000

Spokane Community College (Spokane) — $176,887