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Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee Newsletter
Big News
March 2010
In This Issue
Lighthouse for the Blind & AJAC: A Visonary Partnership
Veterans in Aerospace
Teach Tech Creates New Pathways for Education
New Programs Update
GreenLight Project Underway
Workplace Variance Granted
From Industry Experience to Instructor: How Do We Bridge the Gap?
Employer Pool Increases
New Program Approved
Mobile Training Unit Coming Soon...

Lighthouse for the Blind and AJAC: 
A Visionary Partnership
CNC Machinist
In 2008, The Lighthouse for the Blind celebrated its 90th anniversary as a venerable Seattle foundation dedicated to 
creating quality opportunities for people with visual disabilities. In 2009, AJAC was honored to begin a partnership 
with Seattle Lighthouse for the Blind and its satellite, the Inland Northwest Lighthouse (INL), with the 
registration of 4 visually-impaired persons to the Machinist (Aircraft Oriented) Apprenticeship program. As AJAC 
pursues a classroom location and more apprentices to fill this class, the Lighthouse apprentices keep track of their 
OJT and anticipate the start of classroom instruction.
In January of this year, representatives from machining companies around King and Snohomish Counties toured the Lighthouse machine shop to observe Blind, Deaf-Blind, and low-vision machinists working with manual and CNC (computerized numerical control) machines.
Lighthouse has worked closely with manufacturers and engineers to create the cutting edge technology and assistive devices that enable the visually impaired to safely and accurately manufacture aircraft parts.
Lighthouse for the Blind is another example of an employer that is making a difference. We hope this is the beginning of a long and fruitful relationship that helps forward Lighthouse's mission of creating sustainable, upwardly mobile, living-wage jobs for the visually-impaired around the state and country.
Veterans in Aerospace (VIA)
Flag flyingEffective September 28, 2009, the Higher Education Coordinating (HEC) Board's State Approving Agency and the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) have approved AJAC for the training of Veterans and other eligible persons through Apprenticeship and OJT in the following established AJAC Apprenticeship Programs: 
      • Aircraft Mechanic-Airframe
      • Machinist-Aircraft Oriented 

AJAC continues to work closely with the HEC Board and the VA to establish more training opportunities in all of our apprenticeship programs.
Teach Tech
SSCC_40_yrsMade possible through a grant from Boeing and the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC), South Seattle Community College is leading the planning process for the creation of a Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) in Professional Technical Teacher Education (Teach Tech). Teach Tech is designed to create educational pathways for those wanting to become postsecondary professional technical faculty and industrial trainers. 

Teach Tech will use the Professional Technical Teacher Skill Standards as the foundation to develop baccalaureate level curriculum for community college technical instructors. In addition, graduates may secure teaching jobs in apprenticeship, government, proprietary and other training organizations. This will provide the Aerospace industry with a much needed pool of well-trained professional instructors as well as increased standards in the quality of professional technical instruction.

  • Development of BAS in Professional Technical Teacher Education, or Teach Tech, in a format easily accessible to working adults;
  • Update the Professional Technical Teacher Skill Standards that will be the foundation for curriculum development;
  • Explore and adopt best practices for all professional technical teachers, industry, apprenticeship, community college, K -12 and other training agencies;
  • Help working adults obtain college credentials by providing flexible hybrid learning environments along with credit for work experience and teaching internships;
  • Leverage current funds to attain additional grants from sources such as National Science Foundation and Lumina.
  • Advance industry and training agency partnerships to assist with curriculum development and job placement.

Key strategies:
  • Meet student needs by maximizing credit for work experience, teaching internships and other professional development activities such as professional technical teacher "Boot Camp";
  • Develop a seamless pathway from technical AAS-T (such as Aviation Maintenance Mechanic) degrees to an applied baccalaureate degree in professional technical teacher education;
  • Ensure quality through utilization of professional technical college instructor Skill Standards in development of the curriculum.
Anticipated Outcomes:
  • Raise the level of Technical Training in Washington State;
  • Supply a pool of baccalaureate level instructors to fill jobs in industry and education.

  • Boeing
  • Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC)
  • Green River Community College: Center of Excellence for Careers in Education
  • Workforce Education Council
  • Washington State Department of Corrections
  • Office of Superintendant of Public Instruction
  • Port Jobs
  • Washington Association for Career and Technical Education
  • Washington State University
New AJAC Programs Proving Successful
accent.jpgAJAC successfully launched our apprenticeship programs in September with the start of two programs in King and Snohomish Counties. The collaboration of the Tacoma Machinist Apprenticeship Committee and AJAC has revitalized Tacoma's Machining Apprenticeship Program, infusing it with resources for state-of-the-art equipment, cutting edge technology, and a built-in green manufacturing component. Meanwhile AJAC oversees the tasks of staff updating, and current and future apprentice tracking.
In Everett, Aviation Technical Services (ATS) is leading the way with creative solutions during an economic down turn. Establishing its own apprenticeship program with existing employees, ATS is a model of how an employer can support its people by investing in their future, even while grappling with work shortages. As students enter their second quarter of the Aircraft Mechanics Apprenticeship program, AJAC is proud to report the ongoing commitment to achievement demonstrated by ATS program members.
GreenLight Project Underway
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AJAC is honored to announce our partnership with the Seattle/King County Workforce Development Council as part of the ARRA (American Recovery Act) funded Pathways Out of Poverty Grant for the GreenLight project. The generous grant will help fund the creation of a two year pre-apprenticeship program for the workforce and urban youth of Southeast Seattle, dedicated to training and re-tooling in three green industries: deconstruction and materials use, energy-efficient building and green construction, and manufacturing of sustainable products using environmentally suitable processes and materials.
Workplace Variance Granted
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The Washington State Department of Labor and Industries has granted a student-learner variance to Aviation Technical Services (ATS) allowing students from the Sno-Isle Tech Skills Center in Everett, WA, to participate in the ATS/AJAC Aircraft Mechanics Internship Program.
Industry Experience→Instructor:
How Do We Bridge the Gap?
Bates instructorOftentimes the best potential instructors never get in front of a classroom to share their industry knowledge because they have never learned how to teach. Building a curriculum, outlining a syllabus and lesson plan, and determining outcomes and objectives are all intrinsic to a successful learning environment. And in the apprenticeship model, it is critical that instructors have experience in their field and want to teach others-so, how do we bridge the gap? Rather than throwing an unseasoned machining instructor in front of a new class of apprentices, we've seized another opportunity to make use of mentoring. Utilizing a very successful model, AJAC hired an instructor mentor to help the new instructor shape the machining curriculum and objectives and create the assessment tools necessary to build the most comprehensive and engaging classroom experience. Different than an "Instructor Boot Camp" an instructor mentor gives individual guidance, resources and direct feedback to the new instructor. In the coming months, we plan to replicate this successful model for our aircraft mechanics and aircraft interiors instructors and offer the training to other apprenticeship trades' instructors.
Employer Pool Increases
Kids Jump in PoolFourteen additional training agents have jumped in since the end of the 3rd quarter 2009 bringing the grand total to a solid 34.
And Then There Were 10...
Airline Interior_1The Aircraft Interiors Assembly Apprenticeship Program has been approved by the Washington State Apprenticeship Council, adding to the nine existing programs.
Mobile Training Unit Coming Soon to an Area Near You!
MTU truckAJAC is moving forward with our mission to create a Mobile Training Unit (MTU) for statewide use. Following several successful models in other states, AJAC is compounding the expertise of community and technical college machining instructors from across Washington with the advice and guidance of respected author and machining expert, Mike Fitzpatrick. AJAC's MTU will address the need of providing access to the large scale, expensive equipment on a rotational basis. Next steps will determine the scope of the project, including equipment requirements, and MTU statewide transportation and storage. 
AJAC Mission
Develop, implement and maintain thriving aerospace apprenticeship programs for the purpose of creating a pool of highly skilled aerospace workers and connecting employers and work seekers of Washington State.
Our goals include but are not limited to:
Articulate with industry certification and college degrees when possible;
Determine program location and occupations based on industry needs;
Develop and maintain long term sustainable funding structures;
Utilize innovative training and technology;
Create efficient and effective training systems that evolve with the needs of the industry;
Measure results;
Increase diversity of the workforce;
Be an integral part of Washington State's workforce development;
Internally promote a thriving, respectful, and collaborative work environment. 
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