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WSU NPSE expanding engineering opportunities for aerospace jobs

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WSU North Puget Sound at Everett’s role in educating students in high demand fields like engineering was the topic of recent story on KING5. WSU North Puget Sound at Everett has been supported by the legislature to expand higher educational opportunities in Snohomish, Skagit, and Island Counties. Last session, the legislature approved the capital funds for a new building featuring classrooms, laboratories, and offices for student services. This session, WSU is asking the legislature to support expansion of four more degree programs. Learn more and see the power of education and student success in the KING5 story. Please take action and in one click, send a message of support in expanding more baccalaureate degrees at WSU in Everett.

Glenn Farley – KING5 News

(To watch the broadcast of the story, click here)

Washington State University is already training engineers on the campus of Everett Community College, and some 50 students are expected to graduate this spring. Now, the university, with its roots close to the Idaho state line in Eastern Washington, is expanding again in Western Washington, and is constructing a large new building of its own that is expected to triple the number of engineering graduates by 2020 and keep growing.

On Tuesday, WSU, along with Everett Community College, will spell out its what the two institutions have to offer to Boeing, and more than 1,300 aerospace suppliers that build parts and offer services at PNAA, the annual conference of the Pacific Northwest Aviation Alliance in Lynnwood.

“More than half of Boeing’s employment is located in Washington,” said Alex Pietsch, WSU’s Associate Vice President for Corporate Relations. “We also have a work force that’s aging. Forty-eight percent of the current work force will be able to retire by 2020. Those are thousands of engineers that will have to be replaced.”

Pietsch moved to WSU following his role as head of the Governor’s Aerospace Office, which also involved out-competing other states to land construction of the Boeing 777-X in Washington. That aircraft is incorporating the latest in aircraft technology with a composite carbon fiber wing and advances in design and construction of its aluminum fuselage.

WSU’s moves are just the latest in a broader effort to create more graduates in high tech fields for students coming from Washington. Washington companies often have to go out of the state, and even out of the country to fill its high tech jobs. Officially called WSU North Puget Sound at Everett, there are plans to create graduate degree programs as well. The focus is on science, technology, software, engineering and mathematics, says the university.

 

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