COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) Information

Letter from AJAC’s Executive Director

AJAC’s Executive Director, Demetria “Lynn” Strickland has posted a statement regarding the impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on our apprentices and their spring quarter classes. You can read the statement on AJAC’s Blog.

Organization & Training Updates

UPDATED January 17, 2022

If you test positive for COVID-19: Isolate

  • Isolate at home for five days.
  • If you have no symptoms or your symptoms have resolved after five days, you can return to campus. Remember to always wear a mask while on campus.
  • If you still have symptoms after five days, please continue to stay home and isolate until you are symptom free.
  • Please, if you feel sick, do not come to in person classes. With COVID-19 transmissions especially high right now, please always wear a mask and notify your instructor if you’re feeling ill and do not come to campus.

If you were exposed to someone with COVID-19: Quarantine

  • For unvaccinated individuals or those who are more than six months from their original mRNA dose or more than two months after the J&J vaccine and not yet boosted, please quarantine for five days. Remember to always wear a mask while on campus.
  • Vaccinated individuals who have received their booster do NOT need to quarantine. Remember to always wear a mask while on campus.
  • If symptoms occur after exposure, individuals should immediately quarantine until a negative test confirms symptoms are not related to COVID-19.
  • When in doubt, get tested on day five and as always, wear a mask when in public spaces after isolation or quarantine are completed. Also, be mindful of activities, especially indoors and in crowded settings.

Vaccine Mandate & Registered Apprenticeship Programs:

The Apprenticeship Program for the Washington State Department of Labor & Industries is sending this to address questions about the effect of the Governor’s Vaccine Proclamation on registered apprenticeships.

In particular, please note that requirements differ:

  • When applied to instructors and apprentices;
  • Depending on the location of the activity; and
  • Whether the apprentice is acting as a student or worker.

Vaccines are required for:

  • Registered Apprentices who are employed onsite at a state agency or in an active educational or health care setting. Note: Other jurisdictions, such as city governments, may require vaccines for workers on their jobsites – but that is not required under the proclamation.
  • Employees of Joint Apprenticeship Training Committee (JATC) programs who provide on-campus instruction for colleges. Note: If the instruction occurs completely off campus, then the instructor is not required to be vaccinated by the proclamation. However, an employer may require their workers to be vaccinated.
  • Employees of Registered Apprenticeship programs licensed by the Workforce Training & Education Coordinating Board (WTECB). Note: Apprentices of these programs are not required to be vaccinated – unless working on a jobsite that requires them to be vaccinated.

As students, Registered Apprentices are not required to be vaccinated unless the school requires it. However, when engaged in work for the school that is on campus, Registered Apprentices are required to be vaccinated. When working off campus, Registered Apprentices are not required to be vaccinated, unless their employer requires it.

The proclamation includes acceptable methods to prove full vaccination against COVID-19. For more information, please see the Vaccine Mandate Frequently Asked Questions from the Governor’s Office.

New Address:

AJAC has moved our offices. Our new address is: 6811 South 204th St. Suite 380, Kent, WA 98032.

Youth & Adult Apprenticeship:

Following guidelines from our campus partners and the Department of Labor & Industries, AJAC will continue to conduct the majority of RSI classes online for fall quarter. In the interest of safety of apprentices and instructors, in-person courses that are lab-based are limited. If a hybrid (lecture online/in-person lab) course is able to be offered, AJAC will strictly follow to the safety protocols when meeting in person (limited class size, sanitation, social distancing, etc.) and conduct all lectures via online.

Please continue to monitor your email for specific information regarding your spring quarter classes. If you have any questions, please contact us.

We thank you for your continued patience and willingness to continue with your education through this new format! We are also grateful for our instructors who are jumping in to online teaching out of their dedication to their students.

Pre-Apprenticeship (Manufacturing Academy):

The Manufacturing Academy statewide fall 2021 Cohort will be held online. You can stay up-to-date about new enrollment opportunities and future cohorts by visiting our Manufacturing Academy web page.

AJAC Staff & Offices:

AJAC staff will continue to work remotely while our offices are temporarily closed.

AJAC Apprentice Uses Training to Help Combat Spread of COVID-19

Unemployment Resources

Apprentices whose employment has been affected by the COVID-19 pandemic can utilize resources from the Washington State Employment Security Department to begin the unemployment application process. Below are two resources to help you get started.

Our Approach

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) has dedicated this web page to information related to any delays, cancellations or changes to ALL AJAC classes including adult apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and pre-apprenticeship (Manufacturing Academy) in relation to the COVID-19 Novel Coronavirus outbreak.

AJAC’s instructors and staff will communicate directly to apprentices and students if there are any changes to classes. Please continue to check your email and/or text messages for instructor outreach and updates.

AJAC has been addressing the unprecedented challenges and rapidly changing circumstances in the past few weeks with the spread of COVID-19 (Novel Coronavirus) in our region. We have endeavored to operate in a manner that prioritizes the health and safety of our students, faculty, and staff while allowing our students full opportunity to continue to engage in their academic studies.

Washington Department of Health is urging the public and employers in the region to support their efforts to slow the spread of COVID-19 and reduce the number of people infected in the region.

AJAC  is working closely with the local community colleges and will continue to prioritize the safety of our students, faculty, and staff.

AJAC would like to remind you of our commitment to diversity and equity. AJAC will not tolerate discriminatory remarks or behavior toward any member of our student, staff, and college community.

Be kind to each other and wash your hands.

Frequently Asked Questions About COVID-19 Symptoms and Testing

Source: The Washington State Department of Health

What should I do if I have symptoms or have been exposed?

How do I get tested?

General Information

Labor & Industries Resources: Click Here

College And High School Campus Information

Below is a list of the high schools and colleges we partner with for pre-apprenticeship, youth apprenticeship, and adult apprenticeship training. For specific updates, please use the following links for each campus location:

Zoom 101

AJAC’s instructors will have access to Zoom video conferencing during spring quarter to deliver curriculum to apprentices. Here are 7 tips for students to keep in mind when using Zoom:

  1. Mute yourself when you are not speaking.
  2. Use the Chat function to post your questions
  3. Use the “Participants” list to do the following:
    • Right click on your name and choose “rename” if desired
    • Use the “Raise Hand” icon to indicate that you want to be called on. The list will present who raised their hands in the order clicked
    • Choose the “Yes” or “No” icons if I put out a yes/no question to get a sense of what folks think in response
  4. If you’ve just rolled out of bed, check the “Touch up my appearance” box in Zoom’s video settings menu. It basically functions like a soft-focus lens, adding a slight blur to skin tones and smoothing out wrinkles, blemishes, and other little imperfections.
  5. If you’d prefer not to be seen at all (and you don’t need to speak) you can use a screenshot of yourself in a Zoom meeting as your profile picture. That way, you’ll always look presentable.
  6. Change your background
    • Go to the Start Video icon on the bottom of your screen to the right of the Mute button
    • Click on the carrot/arrow to the right of this and select Choose a Virtual Background
    • Choose a photo or JPG file from your desktop
    • If you start your video, you will be displayed in front of your background
  7. Prevent embarrassment by silencing desktop notifications. Windows 10 has a built-in feature called Focus Assist that does just this. Just head to Settings > System > Focus Assist, and toggle When I’m duplicating my display to On. You can also toggle it manually from the Action Center found at the bottom right of the Windows 10 taskbar. Mac users need to employ a third-party app to automate the process. Our favorite is Muzzle, which simply toggles on macOS’s built-in Do Not Disturb mode whenever you start screen sharing, so you don’t forget.

Contact Information

  1. Contact your instructor directly with any questions related to class.
  2. If you cannot contact your instructor, please call or email Lan West: 206-737-8341 |
  3. Send AJAC an email: