EVERETT, Wash. – Twenty-five students were the first to earn Manufacturing Pre-Employment Certificates through Everett Community College in December through a new five-week course.
The program is designed to accelerate progress for low-skilled workers and help meet the employment needs of the aerospace industry.
Students focused on core workplace, technical, job finding and soft skills. They also received an introduction to advanced manufacturing in the areas of composites, precision machining, welding and fabrication, and technical design.
“The students are ready for entry-level jobs in manufacturing and aerospace,” said Annette Floyd, EvCC Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Careers Program Manager.
Employers interested in connecting with these skilled graduates should contact Floyd at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The pre-employment certificate is part of a stackable set of certificates and degrees in EvCC’s Advanced Manufacturing Program and can lead to an Associate of Technical Arts Degree, which is part of the pathway to a four-year Bachelor of Applied Sciences degree.
Twenty-one students also earned the National Career Readiness Certificate, which measures applied math, reading for information and critical thinking skills and is a reliable predictor of workplace success.
“Having the certificate and knowing I have skills employers want is a confidence boost,” graduate Nick Parra said.
EvCC offers pre-employment classes each quarter. The next course begins Feb. 11.
Interested students can learn more at information sessions at 3 p.m. Jan. 23 and Feb. 6 at EvCC’s Index Hall, room 109. To receive a parking pass, email Annette Floyd or call 425-388-9562.
The program is one of several aerospace and advanced manufacturing courses designed in cooperation with industry subject-matter experts. EvCC also offers courses in composites, precision machining, fabrication and welding, CATIA, fiber optics and aviation maintenance technology. To learn more, click here.
EvCC received $3.6 million in 2011 for new and enhanced programs to train aerospace workers and for updated equipment, part of a $20 million U.S. Department of Labor grant awarded to 11 Washington community and technical colleges to train more than 2,600 aerospace workers across the state.
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