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June 16, 2014 at 5:00 AM

College aerospace programs to add slots for 1,000 students

Twenty-one of Washington’s community and technical colleges will share $8 million in funding to grow programs that teach students skills needed in the aerospace industry.

The funding was part of the Legislature’s package to persuade Boeing to build the 777X in Washington. It will create slots for more than 1,000 students  in high-demand fields, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges said last week. The programs will begin in the 2014-15 academic year.

One of the beneficiaries is South Seattle College, where the funds will be used to expand the aviation maintenance technology and aerospace composites technology programs. The school will receive money to buy new equipment, expand class times and pay for faculty salaries.

A few of the other programs in the Puget Sound area that will benefit:

North Seattle College, computer-assisted design and avionics/electronics; Renton Technical College, precision machining; Shoreline Community College, aerospace machining; Highline Community College, engineering; and Lake Washington Institute of Technology, welding and machine technology.

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