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Renton Technical among colleges that receive funding for aerospace programs

The State Board for Community and Technical Colleges (SBCTC) today announced funding for 21 Washington community and technical colleges to increase their student capacity in high-demand aerospace programs.

Renton Technical College was among those to receive funding.

An important element of the state Legislature’s package to guarantee the Boeing 777X would be built in the state, the $8 million in funding will create positions for more than 1,000 students across Washington. The college programs will support a wide variety of specialties like machining and composite materials manufacturing.

“We committed to continuing investment in the aerospace training programs that matter most to the industry,” said Gov. Jay Inslee. “I’m pleased to see the wide variety of programs and geographic distribution of the colleges that were funded and that a subcommittee led by aerospace industry executives made the final recommendations for funding. With our commitment to ongoing investment, Washington is well positioned to maintain our world leading aerospace workforce.”

A subcommittee of the Washington Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Advisory Committee worked with SBCTC staff to review and select the winning proposals. In all, 40 proposals were submitted from 24 colleges.

“The caliber of all the applications made this an impressive process,” said Tim Morgan, CEO of TTF Aerospace, a member of the subcommittee. “After two days of reviewing the proposals, the committee was left wishing we had more funding so that more students and the aerospace companies that will no doubt hire them could benefit.”

The programs will begin in the 2014-2015 school year. Outcomes will be monitored and future funding will be dependent on the institutions meeting their stated program capacity.

Renton Technical College's "Precision Machining" program was among those to receive funding.

“We are grateful for this investment,” said Marty Brown, SBCTC executive director. “We intend to continue to work closely with the Pipeline Committee and incorporate its recommendations to make sure in-demand programs are funded and meeting the needs of the aerospace industry.”

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