October 7, 2019
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Everett Community College aims to recruit more women for aerospace training

Everett Community College aims to recruit more women to the aviation maintenance field, The Everett Herald reports.

The median salary is more than $70,000 a year in the region, and it’s not uncommon for mechanics to earn more than $100,000, the newspaper reports. But less than 3% of the aviation maintenance field is staffed by women.

The college has received a three-year, $412,000 grant from the National Science Foundation to increase the number of women in aerospace technician programs, reporter Janice Podsada explains.

The college will partner with school districts in Everett, Marysville and Mulkiteo. Boeing, Delta Airlines and Glasair Aviation in Arlington will also participate.

“Participating schools hope to see a 30% increase in female student enrollment in aerospace career and technical classes at EvCC at the end of three years,” the newspaper wrote.

Most of the grant will go to professional development for middle and high school educators.

“Our young women are not aware this job exists and the salaries they can make,” said Rob Prosch, interim Dean of Aerospace and Advanced Manufacturing Careers at the college.

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