Bates Technical College Foundation receives $7,500 Boeing grant

The Bates Technical College Foundation is the recipient of a $7,500 Boeing University Relations Scholarship Grant. Funds will support scholarships for students enrolled in aerospace manufacturing certificate and STEM-related degree programs at Bates Technical College, which prepare graduates for careers within the aerospace industry.

Boeing’s University Relations Program is designed to inspire and cultivate a global workforce for aerospace innovation by increasing access to education, accelerating skills development and enriching the educational experience for students.

The Boeing Scholarship will be awarded to students in programs where there are identified aerospace industry skills gaps, such as welding, industrial electronics, electrician, computer numeric control (CNC)/machinist, sheet metal, facilities/industrial maintenance, and a number of apprenticeship programs.

“Bates Technical College Foundation is grateful for the partnership of Boeing and its generous support for our students over many years,” said Erin Zeiger, the college’s executive director of resource development. “In addition to scholarship support, Boeing also provides valuable feedback through our program advisory committees, including the approval of curricula and recommendations for equipment.”

Bates Technical College currently serves as a pre-employment testing facility for prospective welders at Boeing, who are tested in a facility designed specifically for this purpose.

For more information about the Bates Technical College Foundation, call 253.680.7160, or visit

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