Washington state is a leader in innovation and technology within business and manufacturing and has an economy that’s driven by a highly-skilled workforce. However, the region is facing a shortage of workers who are trained for today’s jobs in STEM, or Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.
Washington state Gov. Jay Inslee recently visited Edmonds Community College to meet with students, alumni, and faculty of the college’s Engineering and Engineering Technology programs to gain insight into
how two-year degree programs are meeting workforce demands.
去年，Inslee啟動了一項公私合營的Career Connect Washington計劃，其目標是五年內讓100,000名年輕人參與實習，建教學院合作和其他學習機會聯結起來。
Last year, Inslee launched the Career Connect Washington initiative, a public-private partnership with the five-year goal of connecting 100,000 young people with employer internships, registered apprenticeships, and other learning opportunities.
During his visit, Inslee toured the college’s Materials Science Technology lab, an 11,000-square-foot building that houses more than $1 million in state-of-the-art, high-end technical equipment used in the production of composites, and aerospace and consumer products.
The technology lab also houses The Facility Makerspace and its Rapid Proto Lab equipped with laser cutters, 3D printers, 3D scanners, and a CNC router. It is open to the public.
Students presented Gov. Inslee with a laser-cut souvenir that was designed and made in the Rapid Proto Lab. Inslee also met with students in the college’s rocketry club and got a close-up look at the college’s wind tunnel.
The wind tunnel was purchased with funds from a Washington state allocation – 1,000 FTEs (full-time equivalent students) for aerospace – that gives extra funding to colleges to help expand enrollment in two specific programs that lead to aerospace careers: Pre-Engineering and Engineering Technology – Materials Science.