LAKEWOOD – Clover Park Technical College is one of 21 state community and technical colleges selected to receive funding to grow high-demand aerospace programs, the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges announced in June.
The annual funding will focus on two aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs at CPTC beginning in the 2014-2015 school year. A new Mechatronics program received funding of $189,097 with the target goal to increase capacity by no fewer than 24 full-time equivalent students. The Material Science program received funding of $414,064 with the target goal to increase capacity by no fewer than 53 full-time equivalent students.
“The investment by the SBCTC and Washington State Legislature in Clover Park Technical College’s aerospace training programs will guarantee our students will be prepared to join a skilled workforce to meet the industry demands upon completion of the program,” said Dr. Joyce Loveday, vice president of instruction at CPTC.
Program outcomes will be monitored and future funding will depend on CPTC meeting the stated program capacity.
A subcommittee of the Washington Aerospace & Advanced Manufacturing Workforce Pipeline Advisory Committee worked with SBCTC staff to review the 40 proposals submitted from 24 colleges.
CPTC’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing programs prepare students for vital jobs in the Pacific Northwest’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.