AJAC’s new intake specialist will work directly with individuals needing guidance to carve their career in aerospace and advanced manufacturing through job-readiness preparation and pre-apprenticeship training.

1.What is the best part of your job so far?

I love helping people. Helping people achieve their goals and bettering themselves for the future, really does something in my soul and motivates me to continue to better myself also.

2. If you could choose anyone, who would you pick as your mentor?

I would choose the 44th President of the United State, Barack Obama.  Being the first black President of the United States of America came with a lot obstacles and criticism but he stood tall and didn’t waiver thru all eight years in office.

3. If I could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?

The King of pop MICHEAL JACKSON!!! Once I saw MJ moonwalk across the floor on the Motown 25th anniversary show, I was hooked!

4. Which celebrity do you get mistaken for?

At work they call me Diddy, so I guess Sean P Diddy Combs! LOL!!

5. What’s one thing about you that would surprise me?

 I’m world famous karaoke singer in my shower! I love to play music when I take a shower. I sing or rap to all my favorite music.

Robin Williams may not come back from the dead, but AJAC’s newest hire has a knack for bringing new programs to life. Meet Erin Williams, our new Snohomish County business developer extraordinaire!

What’s the best part of your job so far? I love the facility and shop tours from various advanced
manufacturing companies. Getting to see how the products are made and the machines our apprentices work on is fascinating.

If you could master one skill you don’t have right now, what would it be?
Playing guitar (or any musical instrument really). I wish I hadn’t given up back in high school, or thought that playing an instrument was cooler.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Be active. The best way to keep me active is to have a goal I am working towards such as a marathon, big bike race, triathlon, or fundraiser. That, and hang with my cat.

If you could bring one musician/actor back from the dead, who would it be and why?
Robin Williams. There is still so much to learn from that man. Such a loss of talent and awesomeness.

How would your best friend describe you?
Energetic, loyal, dedicated, and a little spastic.

He is a jack of all trades but he has mastered the perfect pizza combo. Meet AJAC’s new Apprenticeship Preparation Manager, Jim Johnson! 

What’s the best part of your job so far?
Everything! I have the opportunity to work with the instructors and the students to make sure that we are providing the best overall experience, with the best instructors.

What’s your greatest achievement and how has it shaped you?
My family! I have 4 girls and to watch them grow into the fantastic adults that they are has been a true pleasure.

What was your dream job growing up?
I always wanted to be an astronaut. I watched the launch of Sputnik and the first walk on the moon and thought that would be an awesome job.

Would you rather be a jack of all trades or a master of one?
I have always wanted to learn everything I can, so a jack of all trades is the route that I have taken and it has worked well for me.

What is your perfect pizza?
That’s easy. My perfect pizza is mushroom, black olive and Canadian bacon.

Learn more about AJAC’s apprenticeship preparation program, the Manufacturing Academy here

She may be new to skiing but you won’t find a yard sale when it comes to growing AJAC’s curriculum. Meet our newest hire, Danica Hendrickson!

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What will your new role at AJAC include?
As Program Manager of Instruction, I will work with subject matter experts, curriculum developers, and instructors to review existing and develop new courses offered at AJAC. I will also support our instructors and make sure they have the curriculum they need to successfully teach AJAC courses.

What’s the best part of your job so far?
The people! The AJAC staff, instructors, and training agents that I’ve had the opportunity to meet have been passionate about their work and fun to collaborate with.

What do you like to do outside of work?
Play outside! I love finding a trail to run or hike on, and I recently fell in love with cross country skiing despite all the tumbles I took on the trail.

Best Joke:
This one is from my math-teaching days: What did the zero say to the eight? Nice belt!

If you could travel anywhere in the world, where would it be?
I just visited Berlin, Germany for the first time and loved the history, people, and public transportation. I would go back in a heartbeat!

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What is your proudest career moment?
I worked on 1.5 million dollar grant that was awarded by OJJDP to Pioneer Human Services and JJRA to run a pilot AJAC Manufacturing Academy project to reach 75 incarcerated students in 2014 and give them tools and job skills before they were released from prison. 51% of the students that completed or graduated the program went on to get entry level jobs in the industry.

What is your favorite part about working in the non-profit industry?
I am able to collaborate with passionate people in the industry. I enjoy working with all types of people and thrive on the diversity everybody brings to the table. I have a heart for helping people get to the next level with their career or journey in life. I believe everybody deserves a second chance. I am passionate about today’s youth and mentoring them in the directions that they are passionate about.

What do you like to do outside of work?
I love adventure of any kind, my biggest passion is kayaking and being on the water. In the summer, Ross Lake in the North Cascades is my favorite local destination. I was a kayak guide, naturalist, and fishing guide up in Southeast Alaska and enjoyed kayaking around humpback whales, seals, bears and glaciers with tourist during the summer.

If you could bring one musician back from the dead, who would it be and why?
Johnny Cash, because I have always wanted to see him live with June Carter. He was an innovator, even later in life he collaborated with many artist and made amazing music. I loved that he began performing concerts at prisons starting in the late 1950s. The Folsom State Prison Concert he performed, was a significant and historical performance that brought light on the prison population and was one of his best albums in my book.

If we came to your house for dinner, what would you prepare for us?
Poached Halibut with a spring herb sauce or Smoked Salmon glazed with a brown sugar and cracked pepper. Literally these are the only two things I know how to make. Other than that I am helpless in the kitchen.

Meet the rest of AJAC’s team here