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Renton Technical College receives grant for its aerospace programs

Renton Technical College announced Monday that it will receive a $2.1 million grant during the next three years from the Departments of Labor and Education.

The funds were awarded to build capacity in aerospace programs including precision machining and aircraft assembly as part of the Air Washington state-wide consortium of employers and training partners, led by Spokane Community College.

The total grant is $20 million.

Air Washington is a state-wide consortium of employers and training partners including twelve community and technical colleges. They focus on training  for aerospace jobs based on verified aerospace industry employer needs. RTC currently provides training in precision machining and aircraft assembly.

The first round of grantees in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program (TAACCCT grants) were announced on Sept. 26. The grants, which range from $2.7 million to $25 million, will go to selected community colleges. Out of the more than 200 community colleges that applied, only 32 were chosen.

“The Department of Labor grant provides a tremendous boost to the expansion of aerospace training at Renton Technical College,” said College President Steve Hanson. “As a result of this funding, RTC is now positioned to meet the rapidly growing need for skilled workers in the aerospace industry.”

The college will use the grant to hire staff, buy equipment and develop job-training curriculum.

The funds were awarded to build capacity in aerospace programs including precision machining and aircraft assembly as part of the Air Washington state-wide consortium of employers and training partners, led by Spokane Community College.

The total grant is $20 million.

Air Washington is a state-wide consortium of employers and training partners including twelve community and technical colleges. They focus on training  for aerospace jobs based on verified aerospace industry employer needs. RTC currently provides training in precision machining and aircraft assembly.

The first round of grantees in the Trade Adjustment Assistance Community College and Career Training grants program (TAACCCT grants) were announced on Sept. 26. The grants, which range from $2.7 million to $25 million, will go to selected community colleges. Out of the more than 200 community colleges that applied, only 32 were chosen.

“The Department of Labor grant provides a tremendous boost to the expansion of aerospace training at Renton Technical College,” said College President Steve Hanson. “As a result of this funding, RTC is now positioned to meet the rapidly growing need for skilled workers in the aerospace industry.”

The college will use the grant to hire staff, buy equipment and develop job-training curriculum.

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