The Wells Fargo Foundation, established in the U.S. as a registered 501(c)(3) charitable organization in 1980, is the company’s primary philanthropic funding arm. In 2018, the foundation donated nearly half a billion dollars to 11,000 nonprofit organizations, including the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC).

AJAC is also a non-profit 501(c)(3) that provides registered apprenticeship training to adult workers and high school youth, and a pre-apprenticeship training program (Manufacturing Academy), which prepares job seekers for employment and apprenticeship opportunities across the state of Washington in the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries. Students who enroll in AJAC’s Manufacturing Academy (MA) are looking to kick start their future by attaining a full-time job and continued career training through AJAC’s available apprenticeship programs leading to sustainable income, and some semblance of financial freedom. A new partnership between Wells Fargo and AJAC provides more than just manufacturing training to help students get closer to their goals.

Dwight J. Prevo, Vice President of Wells Fargo’s Community Relations West Region, spoke about the importance of learning financial literacy skills, especially for individuals starting new career paths. Prevo states, “As the majority of AJAC participants will start career opportunities that provide wages, providing financial education is a way to ensure that recipients of the instruction understand how money works, and how to effectively utilize money as a way to accomplish their short and long term objectives.”\

 

 

Local Wells Fargo team members use the Wells Fargo At WorkSM program to help AJAC apprentices establish healthy financial habits and achieve greater financial stability and success. The program also allows students to participate in financial health webinars and conversations with a phone banker on topics like budgeting, saving, or strengthening credit. Wells Fargo’s free, non-commercial Hands on Banking program is an additional resource with a bevy of interactive financial wellness courses. Students enrolled in MA will receive the one-hour training twice a month for the duration of the program and learn skills ranging from basic finance to managing more advanced financial resources. Zuleima Flores, a summer graduate from AJAC’s Kent Manufacturing Academy, explained the class “was a great time to reflect on pursuing a career and one day owning my own home.”

Lynn Strickland, Executive Director of AJAC, feels a responsibility for educators to take students future into consideration, “AJAC’s goal is to help people prepare for a prosperous future and through our partnership with Wells Fargo, students will now be more prepared to make healthy financial decisions on their pathway to apprenticeship.”

 

 

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.

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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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AJAC’s 2016 Summer Newsletter is fresh off the printing press! Grab your copy today and check out what our apprentices, pre-apprentices, and community partners have been up to the last few months! If you would like to receive our quarterly publication, you can subscribe today! We are always looking for stories to share. If you have one, feel free to contact AJAC’s Marketing Communication Manager.

Read: AJAC’s 2016 Summer Newsletter