MechaWA will adapt and implement a modularized, competency-based career pathway to award Mechatronics Associate degrees and related short-term certificates to jump-start Aerospace careers of currently unemployed youth with barriers to employment.
Workforce Investment System
This project has been made possible by the TechHire Partnership Grant.
- State: Washington
- Counties: Snohomish, King
- Cities: Everett, Seattle, Renton, Shoreline
Total Funding Level: $3,880,012
Total Leveraged Resources: $1,116,245
Project Title/Name: MechaWA Partnership Project
The project facilitates standardization of learning outcomes using online assessments that test for competencies in the repair and maintenance of advanced manufacturing equipment that uses robotics, hydraulics & pneumatics, programmable logic controllers, and complex electronic and mechanical systems.
It promotes accelerated learning opportunities using a new prior learning assessment tool, online diagnostic tests that identify individual strengths and weaknesses within each competency and short-term stack-able credentials.
Through the use of uniform industry accepted assessments, students will demonstrate their skills and value in the labor market and employers will more easily identify qualified applicants.
An employer-based, for-credit paid internship learning strategy creates opportunities for students who need work experience to advance in their careers.
Students are matched with a Career Coach for the duration of their training to support retention and completion using evidence based strategies designed for the target population and to provide intensive job placement services.
Credentials to be awarded include:
- Mecha Ready Boot Camp Certification
- Mechatronics Certificate
- Precision Machining and Maintenance Certificate
- Industrial Automation and Electronics Certificate
- Fiber Optics Certificate
- Aerospace and Manufacturing Certificate
- Robotics Certificate
- Mechatronics Associates Degree
- Aerospace Production Technologies Associates Degree
- and/or, Industrial Power and Control Associates Degree.
Target Population: Currently unemployed youth ages 17-29 with barriers to employment