Boeing donates $120,000 for aviation maintenance military Masterclass programs in Washington

Donations support transitioning military service members, veterans and military spouses to participate in aviation maintenance technician (AMT) Masterclass programs

January 25, 2019 in Our Commitment

Caption: Student resume reviews at South Seattle College Networking Event. Featured (bottom right) is Joseph Gil who was subsequently hired and is now a Boeing employee.

Photo: Courtesy of Michele Winn, Thurston County Chamber, Training and Development Manager Workforce Development Division

The Boeing Company has donated a combined $120,000 to Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and Everett Community College to support transitioning military service members, veterans and military spouses to participate in aviation maintenance technician (AMT) Masterclass programs.

Boeing funding will support 15 transitioning service members or spouses to participate in the South Seattle College program through the grant to Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council and up to an additional 40 students to participate in the Everett Community College program.

The eight-week Masterclass programs, in partnership with Joint Base Lewis-McChord and Naval Air Station Whidbey prepares individuals with prior aircraft maintenance experience to take the FAA Airframe & Powerplant (A&P) certification examination. A&P certification training aligns to Boeing’s critical skill requirements. Masterclass program graduates, with an A&P certification, are highly sought-after candidates that Boeing and other companies have been recruiting nationwide.

“The importance of engaging our transitioning military veterans into these high-demand jobs is twofold: first, Boeing – like our community – believes in helping our veterans and this is one way to do that. Secondly, it’s vital to our company success, as we prepare for the future, to have qualified people maintaining and building commercial airplanes,” said Michelle Burreson, senior manager of Workforce Development at Boeing Commercial Airplanes.

Nearly 15 percent of Boeing’s employees in Washington are veterans and Boeing is committed to supporting the men and women of the armed forces, and their families. From hiring and employment programs to grants and volunteer activities, Boeing seeks to help our military forces and their families as they transition successfully to civilian life. Boeing’s workforce-transition focus provides high-quality training and skill development to prepare veterans and their families for their next mission in the civilian workforce. The company’s recovery and rehabilitation focus supports hands-on programs addressing physical injuries, healthy lifestyles, and the betterment of mental health and well-being for our veterans and their families.  The funding for the Masterclasses will support multiple cohorts in 2019. Recently, EvCC administrators and Boeing subject matter experts visited NAS Whidbey to encourage enrollment and speak to interested individuals.

“I am delighted that the Navy has agreed to partner on this program for transitioning military personnel and recently transitioned veterans. The partnership with Boeing on the Masterclass will be a huge benefit for our program participants providing job opportunities in the aviation industry with very competitive wages,” said Rob Prosch, Associate Dean of Aviation. “I am grateful to Boeing for recognizing the value of this program and providing the funding to support it.”

For more information contact EvCC’s Aviation Maintenance Technician School at 425-388-9533 or

For more information contact the Pacific Mountain Workforce Development Council at 360-704-3568 or

By Cathy Rudolph