January 22, 2018
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Boeing opens $17 million workforce readiness center in Auburn

Boeing’s new workforce training center in Auburn will serve as a centralized hub to train and certify employees who make airplane parts, the company reports. The Workforce Readiness Center, at 71,000 square feet, will also be the new home for several other training and educational programs including new employee orientation, retirement planning and a relocated medical clinic.

“This represents a significant investment in our employees, and it supports everything we’re doing here to increase our capabilities,” Auburn site leader Jack Meehan said. “We can’t stand still. We can’t continue to do what we’re doing for the sole reason that, ‘We’ve always done it that way.’ It requires a new mindset, and this building represents a careful, studied leap into the future.”

Auburn celebrated its 50-year anniversary last year, marking half a century of providing critical parts and assemblies primarily to Commercial Airplanes programs. Auburn’s seven manufacturing business units produce 17,000 parts each day for Boeing’s commercial programs.

Boeing project planners expect both buildings to be certified as LEED Silver facilities, which represents a higher level of environmental responsibility and energy efficiency, and is a new standard for Boeing buildings under construction.

The Puget Sound Business Journal covered the story.



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Help community colleges meet job training needs

By The Editorial Board of The (Everett) Herald

The state's 34 community and technical colleges are playing an indispensable role in educating and preparing students for further study and advanced degrees at universities but also for more immediate jobs with employers throughout the state, particularly in manufacturing and other trades.

With some 740,000 job openings in the state expected over the next five years -- and more than half of those requiring post-high school education and training -- community and technical colleges represent the best option for many of those students...

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