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Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee Newsletter
Spring 2011

Working with employers to develop the next generation of highly skilled advanced manufacturing workers for Washington State.

In This Issue
AJAC Executive Director Receives Chairman's Award and Speaks on Panel at PNAA Conference
Mobile Training Unit Forms Advisory Committe and Tours Washington
AJAC Educates Young Women About the Value of Apprenticeship
AJAC Sponsors the Rat City Rollergirls and Seattle Majestics to Outreach to Women
House Ways and Means Committee Reviews HB 1682 Offering Employers an Apprenticeship Programs Tax Credit
Become a Fan of AJAC on Facebook and YouTube
AJAC is Looking for Machining and Manufacturing Instructors!
AJAC Launches New Machining Program in Spokane
Events Calendar
AJAC Mission

AJAC Executive Director Receives Chairman's Award and Speaks on Panel at PNAA Conference

Laura Hopkins Accepting Chairman's Award at PNAA Conference
AJAC is excited to announce that Executive Director, Laura Hopkins received a Chairman's Award at the Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance February 2011 Conference (PNAA).  This award was offered to Hopkins in recognition for her contribution to the community and outstanding innovation and growth in the aerospace industry. 

The PNAA conference was a three day event that provided aerospace employers and industry with the latest business outlook, economic recovery timeline, industry trends, opportunities in defense & space and updates on the latest technology, etc.

Hopkins was also
given the opportunity to speak at the conference on a panel entitled "Partners in Training the Next Generation of Aerospace Workers," moderated by  Rick Price, Aerospace News Specialist of KIRO TV News.  Hopkins was one of four panel members who discussed their organization's contribution and progress toward developing training and education programs for the next generation of aerospace workers. 

The other panel members included: Joe Dunlap - President of Spokane Community College; Larry Brown - Legislative and Political Director from IAM 751; Tom McCarty - President of SPEEA. 

Laura Hopkins Speaking on 2011 PNAA Panel  Laura Speaking on 2011 PNAA Panel 


Topics discussed, included:
  • Identifying Varying Training Needs
  • Creating Seamless Training and Education
  • Finding New Employees
  • Training Current Employees
  • Industry Involvement and Support
  • Public Support

Mobile Training Unit Forms Advisory Committe and Tours Washington State

  AJAC's Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU)


AJAC has  formed an industry advisory committee for its Advanced Inspection and Manufacturing Mobile Training Unit (AIM-MTU), a 53' classroom on wheels will travel across Washington State to provide hands-on apprenticeship and short-term training to the next generation of advanced manufacturing tradespeople.  This committee advises AJAC and provides input regarding certifications, subject areas, course content for curriculum, usage, sponsorship and the most effective way to reach employers.


Other announcments regarding AJAC's AIM-MTU include its travel plans.  It will be hitting the road to Everett, Tacoma, Pasco and Spokane to offer employers and community/technical colleges the opportunity to take a tour of its state-of-the-art equipment and technology; explore sponsorship programs; and discover how  the AIM-MTU will train the next generation of advanced manufacturing tradespeople.  Read last quarter's newsletter article to find out more about the AIM-MTU.


Below is the AIM-MTU Tour Schedule:


Everett- Everett Community College: Paine Field

Friday, May 20th, any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Tacoma - Bates Technical College

Wednesday, May 25th, any time between 1 p.m. and 5 p.m.


Pasco - Columbia Basin College

Tuesday, June 7th, any time between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m.


Spokane Airways Flight Center - BBQ will be Served!

 Thursday June 9th, any time between 10 a.m. and 3 p.m.

Spokane Community College
Thursday June 9th, any time between 4 p.m. and 6 p.m.


Contact us at AIM-MTU@ajactraining.org to find out how you can register for any of these tours.  





Opportunities Available!


June 15 


Sponsorship packages include a number of ways for your organization to gain exposure, such as:

  • Logo placement on:
    • both sides of the 53' AIM-MTU trailer
    • AIM-MTU marketing materials and web site
  • Invitation to events
  • Cross marketing opportunities 
  • Plus more!

Space is limited!  Only 3 of 8 Journey Level and 12 Apprentice Level sponsorships are remaining.


If you would like to begin marketing your organization through the AIM-MTU, check out our sponsorship packages or contact Megan Fiess at 206-388-9336 or  AIM-MTU@ajactraining.org



AJAC Educates Young Women About the Value of Apprenticeship


During the month of March, Laura Hopkins, Executive Director of  AJAC, spoke to young women in middle school and high school about the many opportunities available to them in the trades and how apprenticeship can help them realize those opportunities.  


Women Fly! at the Museum of FlightOn March 4, Hopkins visited the Museum of Flight for its annual Women Fly! Event educational event that informed young women regarding the variety of aerospace careers open to them.  Attendees participated in workshops, networked with professional women working in the aerospace industry and listened to a panel discussion.

Women Fly! at the Museum of FlightHopkins mentioned, "The girls were really inspired by the experiences and opportunities the panel members shared with them regarding their careers."  During the luncheon portion, Hopkins spoke with a number of attendees and formed mentoring relationships with them.  Approximately 200 students and mentors attended the event.    


Women Fly! at the Museum of Flight  


On March 23, 24 and 29, Hopkins attended IGNITE, a panel discussion event that served to inspire female students from Graham and Spanaway High Schools regarding non-traditional careers for women.  Panel members included Hopkins along with other professional women, ranging from a network engineer to a home builder to a storm water project manager to a math and science camp director, etc.  Panel members varied at each school.  Each member shared with the students their career history, what responsibilities their job entails and what education and training they completed.  At each school, Hopkins spoke to and networked with approximately 10 to 30 female students who are strong in math, science and technology.   


The students were very excited and asked Hopkins a variety of questions including:

  • What it is like to work in the trades?
  • Occupations that are available and what kind of work is involved
  • Career paths they can expect
  • Education necessary for each occupation

IGNITE event 

Hopkins attended Graham-Kapowsin High School on March 23, Spanaway Lake High School on March 24 and Bethel High School on March 29.







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Connecting STEM


Workforce Education


May 19  

9 a.m.-5 p.m.


Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center at  

South Seattle  

Community College (Georgetown Campus)  


Find out More Information

This conference is presented by:  

The Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle (MIC) in conjunction with a number of sponsors, including AJAC.


The purpose of this conference is to:

 Bring together educators, business and labor representatives to create specific action steps that will make STEM-based, career-related learning opportunities more widely available to students and educators.


This event will feature two keynote speakers:


AJAC Sponsors the Rat City Rollergirls and Seattle Majestics to Outreach to Women 


In order to boost recruitment efforts and outreach to women about the opportunities available in the aerospace and manufacturing trades, AJAC researched different venues that appealed to that demographic to determine which ones would provide the best return to AJAC for its sponsorship.   After considerable research and evaluation, AJAC is proud to announce that it is a new sponsor of:

  • The Rat City Rollergirls (RCRG) - Seattle's premiere all-female, flat-track roller derby league   
  • Seattle Majestics - Women's tackle football team 

AJAC is excited to be supporting some of the toughest, most inspiring women in sports today!  AJAC will be hosting a booth at the RCRG bouts and Seattle Majestics games in order to promote apprenticeship, the trades and how together they can lead to a very rewarding, lucrative and long career.    


To check out when the next Rat City Rollergirls' bout is, go to:  http://ratcityrollergirls.com/bouts-and-events 


To find out when the next Seattle Majestics' game is, go to: 



House Ways and Means Committee Reviews HB 1682 Offering
Employers an Apprenticeship Programs Tax Credit

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AJAC is continuing to work with Washington State to offer employers participating in a registered apprenticeship program a $5,000 (per apprentice) tax credit.  The goal of the proposed tax credit is to provide assistance in the form of an incentive to employers that hire registered apprentices at their site.  The tax credit is designed to help offset costs as businesses recover from the recent economic downturn.  It is also intended to reduce Unemployment Insurance (UI) spending and increase jobs through apprenticeship, sustaining the Washington State economy.    


In response to AJAC's efforts, this proposed legislation has turned into House Bill 1682 and was presented during a hearing in front of the House Ways and Means Committee on February 22nd.  This bill has not yet passed, however it will be reintroduced in 2012 and AJAC will continue to provide information and data as requested to legislators and others supporting the bill. 


Read the full text of Bill 1682


Read last quarter's newsletter article regarding AJAC's efforts to provide (apprentice) hiring incentives to employers. 










Teach Tech

Earn Your Technical Teaching Bachelor's Degree


If you have:

  •  A two year technical degree and  
  • 2 to 5 years of technical work experience

In 15 months

you can upgrade to a:

  • Bachelor's of Applied Science (BAS) in Technical Teaching
  • Washington Professional Technical Instructor's Certification  
Teach Tech is currently being developed by AJAC and South Seattle Community College.

Find out how you can upgrade your degree! 

Become a Fan of AJAC on Facebook and YouTube  
Keep up to date on AJAC programs and news by becoming an AJAC fan on:

  • Find us on Facebook  You can find out about events AJAC is attending and view pictures and other information regarding AJAC's current programs.  Become a fan now!   
  • View our videos on YouTube  You can view several videos explaining the Fighting 147s - the Washington State Aviation Maintenance Technicians Schools (AMTS) Development Force led by Laura Hopkins, Executive Director of AJAC.  Become a fan now! 


AJAC is Looking for Machining and Manufacturing Instructors!  

Share Your Knowldege and Skills with the Next Generation!

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) is currently recruiting:
  • Experienced MACHINISTS to teach Aircraft-Oriented Machining classes
  • Experienced people to teach Short-Term Manufacturing Basics classes

Teaching opportunities available in:
  • Seattle
  • Everett
  • Tacoma
  • Spokane

  • Journey-level machinist or equivalent required
  • At least five years experience as a machinist or in advanced manufacturing preferred
  • Prior teaching or mentoring experience preferred 

Benefits include:

  • Competitive pay
  • Part-time/evening hours
  • Instructor training  
  • Opportunity to become an even more valuable resource to your   industry


If you are interested in passing on your machining or manufacturing knowledge to the next generation while earning extra income or know someone who is, e-mail your resume and cover letter to instructors@ajactraining.org.


AJAC Launches New Machining Program in Spokane

In addition to the programs AJAC is running in Everett, Seattle and Tacoma,  AJAC started a new aircraft-oriented machining program in April in Spokane with Spokane Community College and is planning to start another one in the fall at Columbia Basin College.


Project Management


Learn it Today,

Use it Tomorrow!


June 23 & 24 

 8:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


South Seattle  

Community College  

(Georgetown Campus) 


Find out more Information 


Register Now  


Streamline Your Business Operations through Effective Project Management

Do your project teams take on a life of their own, get off track or get bogged down in minutiae?


This Workshop will help your company: 

  • Improve project identification, with team building, and overcome obstacles
  • Adopt effective tools to measure progress and outcomes
  • Improve productivity and the bottom line


Course Fees 

  • $599-$749


Your company will also receive  

onsite consultation that tailors the training to your specific goals, priorities and challenges.

Events calendar  AJAC Events Calendar

June 18 and July 10, 2011  
Rat City Rollergirls Event

Sponsored by AJAC
KeyArena - Seattle, WA
More Information

May 19, 2011
Construction and Professional-Technical Career Fair
Sponsored by AJAC
Seattle Vocational Institute - Seattle, WA
More Information

May 19, 2011

Connecting STEM with Workforce Education

Presented by Manufacturing Industrial Council of Seattle
Co-Sponsored by AJAC
Hosed by Puget Sound Industrial Excellence Center at
South Seattle Community College (Georgetown Campus) - Seattle, WA

More Information 

June 18, 2011

2011 Women Veterans Summit - "Continuing Our Journey...Giving Back and Paying Forward"

Sponsored by AJAC

Meydenbauer Center - Bellevue, WA
More Information
AJAC Mission

AJAC's Mission is to provide exceptional and responsive apprenticeships, innovative supporting signature training programs with cutting edge curriculum and highly effective trades trainers. 

AJAC offers a method for transferring the breadth and depth of knowledge and skills between generations of the workforce, thus promoting the value of contributing to the next generation. 

AJAC brings about a significant and lasting impact on the prosperity of Washington State, empowering its diverse population of residents to thrive as craftspeople and attain secure family wage jobs through: 

  • Dynamic career and educational pathways
  • Corresponding wrap around support services
  • Smooth pipelines connecting employers with the next generation of workers and  where preschool and K-12 students and their influencers see aerospace opportunities as viable career path options
  • Advocating for recognition and financial support of training in aerospace and manufacturing
  • Expanding the diversity of people entering the trades
  • Exploring opportunities for growth and collaborating with partners to form comprehensive solutions


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