Training for jobs at AMTEC

By Jennifer Ferrero “We have a vibrant economy – the most difficult challenge is to complete students before they get a job,” Sheila Dunn, Associate Dean of Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Careers, AMTEC Thor Nelson, 35, was working in landscaping when he decided that the opportunities were drying up. He had been to Everett Community College in the past, so he made an appointment with Annette Floyd, student achievement initiatives manager, who was involved with the Air Washington grant program (which allowed more than 2,600 people to obtain industry training between 2011-2015). Floyd talked with Nelson about his hobbies and aptitudes. He likes working with his hands and wasn’t partial to sitting at a desk all day. He had also been involved with radio-controlled helicopters and other R/C devices for about 14 years. She recommended that he get involved with the Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center (AMTEC) which is a part of the Everett Community College Campus. Nelson enrolled in the ATA degree in Advanced Manufacturing Technology- Composites, which is a 2-year degree program. He is also taking classes in design with CATIA, SOLIDWORKS and AutoCAD. There is also a two quarter certification program. Nelson said that he has a mix of students in his program – some right out of high school and other more experienced workers who are retraining or working toward a degree or certification while they work in...

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