Investing in the community and strengthening the future of manufacturing are two areas of focus where Boeing is making a lasting impact. The company partners with high schools and community and technical colleges across Washington to help develop curriculum to better equip students for manufacturing careers.
To celebrate Manufacturing Day, Boeing hosted local students, instructors and administrators from partner schools for a factory tour and recognition event. The activities highlight the diverse career pathways and opportunities for students seeking to pursue careers in manufacturing.
Franklin Pierce High School senior Katherine Verkuyl enjoyed the event and said, “I became interested in manufacturing pathways because of so many opportunities for hands on learning, which appeals to me. I'd like to be part of a big company with lots of things to do and lots of roles to move in to."
Boeing partners with local high schools to implement the Core Plus Aerospace curriculum which provides a robust academic framework for teaching manufacturing skills while also teaching employability and academic standards.
“Partnering with local schools is critical to narrowing the skills gap in manufacturing and for building and maintaining a qualified manufacturing workforce. The partner schools we’re recognizing today are helping their students develop high-demand skills and providing them with great career options after graduation!” said Michelle Burreson, Commercial Airplanes Workforce Development leader.
The inaugural Manufacturing Day was held on October 5, 2012. 240 manufacturers in 37 states participated and about 7,500 people attended events. Demonstrating substantial growth year over year, Manufacturing Day has grown into a truly national celebration. The sixth annual event took place on October 6, 2017 and included 2,902 events in all 50 states and Puerto Rico with nearly 600,000 participants.