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WA Gov's $9.8M Workforce Plan Supports University Research, Engineering Grads

November 16, 2011

Gov. Chris Gregoire outlined a series of proposals to boost Washington's competitiveness in the aerospace sector, including support for university research and funding to expand high school workforce curriculum and enroll more university students in engineering fields. By investing in education, research, and expanding tax incentives, Gov. Gregoire hopes Boeing will select the state to build and manufacture its 737 MAX, which the governor calls a once-in-a-generation opportunity expected to support up to 20,000 jobs. The $9.8 million plan centers on enhancements to the state's education system to ensure a prepared and skilled workforce. Proposals include:

  • $7.6 million to expand capacity at the University of Washington (UW) and Washington State University (WSU) to enroll 775 more engineering students;
  • $1.5 million to create a Center for Aerospace Technology Innovation at UW and WSU to support research that will grow the aerospace sector, with additional funds from companies, foundations and supporters;
  • $450,000 to expand the governor's Launch Year program and provide 12 high schools with aerospace curriculum support to prepare high school students to enter the workforce; and,
  • $250,000 to add Project Lead the Way courses at 10 high schools.

Gov. Gregoire also is proposing the creation of a Governor's Aerospace Office to provide focus, direction, oversight, and coordination for growing the state's aerospace industry. In preparation for the production duration of the 737 MAX, the governor will ask lawmakers to extend the existing aerospace tax incentive from 2024 to 2034.

Read the governor's press release: http://www.governor.wa.gov/news/news-view.asp?pressRelease=1805&newsType=1.

Washingtonstate budget, workforce, higher ed, stem, aerospace, k-12