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


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.

          Fall quarter classes will begin mid-September 2020.

Please continue to monitor your email for specific information regarding your fall 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 Summer 2020 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.

2020 Graduation:

Due to the COVID-19 global pandemic and the uncertainty of its timeline or lasting impact, AJAC has made the tough decision to postpone our 2020 Apprenticeship Graduation Ceremony to June 18, 2021. You can learn more our decision to postpone here.

2020 Youth Signing Day:

Unfortunately AJAC will not hold our annual Youth Apprenticeship Signing Day Ceremony in-person this year. Signing Day was tentatively scheduled for September 2020. AJAC will spotlight our new Youth Apprentices on social media during Manufacturing Week (September 28 – October 2) this fall.

COVID-19 Relief for Kent Manufacturers:

The Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee, Kent Valley Economic DevelopmentCity of KentPort of Seattle, and Green River College have partnered to support Kent manufacturers and their employees during the COVID-19 pandemic through the Manufacturing Employee Retention Program (MERP). Eligible manufacturers can receive up to $2,200 per employee in wage reimbursement through October 31, 2020. Each company can receive funding for 10 or less employees. Learn more:

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.

Zoom Meeting Frequently Asked Questions

AJAC will utilize Zoom video conferencing in the event in-person classes get cancelled.

How to Join a Meeting:

How to Record a Meeting:

Joining & Configuring Audio & Video:


Scheduling a Meeting:

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: