This program is designed to introduce students to the world of aerospace and manufacturing. Students learn all of the essential skills it takes to succeed in a manufacturing world including critical soft skills of the 21st century, advanced precision, serious attention to detail and procedures, and simulated work place timeliness. The Core Plus curriculum was designed as a joint venture between Boeing and OSPI to ensure that students meet both high school science and math standards as well as all of the hard skills that it takes to succeed as a manufacturing tech in the aerospace industry. Please read through our class syllabus to see all of the specifics that are included. This program also articulates 6 Skagit Valley College manufacturing classes. Students that achieve a B or higher, are eligible for those credits following completion of the entire year.
At the Northwest Career & Technical Academy, we give students more options after high school graduation. Whether you plan to enter the workforce, join the military, pursue an apprenticeship or college degree, this program can help. Along with the extemely rich classroom based curriculum, this program is heavy in hands-on learning. Students spend time in our composites lab learning how to make and repair fiberglass. They also learn about advanced composites such as using vacuum to make a part and the VIP or vacuum infusion process. Students spend time in our riveting lab learning how to take precision and instruction following to the next level by simulating aerospace riveting on aluminum. There are many other units that are full of hands-on projects where students work together to learn about the world of manufacturing. Along with these hard skills, this program focuses daily on soft skills. Students learn about 5S and the Lean philosophy, learn how to work in teams, show leadership, and develop a positive repuation while networking through many educational touring opportunities in the aerospace industry. All of the real skills you learn will give you a clear advantage when applying for a job, pursuing an apprenticeship, or preparing for college programs.