Governor Jay Inslee has a passion for career-based training in manufacturing. He has traveled to various parts of the world and has witnessed and reported on apprenticeship and manufacturing programs that are effective. According to a recent presentation for the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, 2018 Governor’s Youth Apprenticeship Summit, Inslee said, “We need to grow this dramatically…90% of parents say their kids going to get a four-year college degree, but only 30% do…We have to stop telling our kids that you are a failure if you don’t get a four-year degree,” Inslee said. (Source: ajactraining.org).

To this end, Inslee released an announcement of a new grant in December 2017 for $6.4 million, called Career Connect Washington. The grant is focused on internships, apprenticeships, and career-based training and will impact 29,000 students in Washington.

Per the Governor’s website, “The awardees expect to create 29,000 new career connected learning experiences in 11 communities from now through September 2019. These include STEM (science, technology, engineering and math) learning experiences, job shadows at local employers, career planning, and over 4,800 new internships, pre-apprenticeships, and registered apprenticeships.”

The apprenticeships will impact, along with other industries, those students interested in going into manufacturing careers.

Inslee is working to bring awareness to diverse careers through internships, apprenticeships and job shadowing.

In Washington’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing world, industry is highly invested. Per the grants that are managed by the Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing, there are hundreds of industry partners that have come alongside the state’s community and technical colleges to ensure that they are preparing students to enter the workforce of today.