Grant pumps $20M into Wash. aerospace training
Saturday, October 15, 2011
EVERETT, Wash. (AP) -- A federal grant is pumping $20 million into aerospace industry training in Washington state.
Washington Sens. Patty Murray and Maria Cantwell said the Labor Department money will help put residents of the state back to work. The money's going to 14 community colleges, technical schools training organizations.
The Herald of Everett reports (http://bit.ly/nTGhtQ ) that programs will focus on key areas such as aircraft maintenance, composites, advanced manufacturing and avionics.
Spokane Community College President Joe Dunlap says the money will help train about 2,600 people over a three-year period, but the steps the schools are taking to expand capacity will last well beyond three years.
Having training programs in place will be key in the state's effort to land future work on Boeing's 737 re-engined jet. Boeing has built the plane in Renton for decades but hasn't said where the new version will be built.
Information from: The Daily Herald, http://www.heraldnet.com