Aerospace education scores

Boeing boosts support for technical and advanced manufacturing education

August 09, 2016 in Our Commitment

High school graduate Aaron Bannister recently joined Boeing as machinist on the 777 program.


The Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) recently announced The State Board of Education has approved eleven more statewide Career and Technical Education course frameworks to meet high school students’ core subject graduation requirements in math or science, and sometimes both. Of those eleven frameworks, three are Core Plus CTE courses, designed through the efforts of Boeing and others to develop a standardized aerospace-related curriculum for Washington high school students.

“CTE Course Equivalencies help students meet academic and career goals,” said State Board of Education Executive Director Ben Rarick. “The board is pleased to approve these statewide course equivalency frameworks in science and math, and it’s important to recognize Boeing’s leadership to develop the Core Plus frameworks. As one of the state’s leading employers, they’ve shown a commitment to creating pathways for students to develop workforce skills in high school.”

The two-year Core Plus curriculum, in development since 2014 and deploying to high schools and skill centers this fall, is focused on providing manufacturing foundational skills to support industry need for a skilled workers. Boeing provided financial support and industry expertise to ensure Core Plus curriculum included equivalency rigor so students could obtain graduation requirements.

Michelle Burreson, senior manager of Workforce Development & Integration at Commercial Airplanes said, “As part of broad efforts to help students prepare for advanced manufacturing careers in aerospace, we partnered with business and academia to make sure that school curriculum matches the skill needs of employers. We also wanted to make it easier for students to pursue a technical education.”

More than 15 skills centers and high schools have plans to implement Core Plus this fall.

By Peter Pedraza