LWIT Awarded $172,431 for Aerospace Training

October  10, 2011

Aerospace Consortium for Employment
A collaboration of 11 Washington community and technical colleges


Oct. 10, 2011
Contact: Jen Boyer, Media Relations
Lake Washington Institute of Technology
(206) 398-8430


Washington Technical Schools and Community Colleges Awarded $1.58 Million for Aerospace Training

WASHINGTON: 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 RFP, 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)  $356,00
Spokane Community College (Spokane)  $176,887

For detailed information and interviews regarding individual schools’ plans for their grant money, please contact the school directly. Contact information for the schools is as follows:

Bates Technical College (Tacoma)  253-680-7102
Bellingham Technical College (Bellingham)  360-752-8325
Clover Park Technical College (Lakewood) 253-589-6048
Columbia Basin College (Pasco)   509-547-0511 x2235
Everett Community College (Everett)  425-388-9554
Green River Community College (Auburn)  253-288-3360
Lake Washington Institute of Technology (Kirkland)  425-739-8236
Olympic College (Bremerton)  360-475-7721
Shoreline Community College (Shoreline)  206-546-4634
South Puget Sound Community College (Olympia)  360-596-5214
South Seattle Community College (Seattle)  206-934-6875
Spokane Community College (Spokane)  509-434-5150
Yakima Valley Community College (Yakima)  509-574-6870

For more information on the grant please contact Marie Bruin, at the Washington State Board for Community and Technical Colleges at 360-704-4360.