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NEW HELP FOR DISPLACED AEROSPACE WORKERS
April 29, 2009
(LYNNWOOD, WA) -- Do you know an aerospace worker who’s lost his or her job as a result of the recession and the cut back in manufacturing? If you do you can tell that person they have new help in finding a job or retraining for another one.
Last Friday the new Workforce Development Council Snohomish County (WDCSC) and Edmonds Community College opened the doors of the new WorkSource Aerospace Center -- a center that is designed to help workers who are dislocated from jobs in the aerospace industry.
The center is one of the first tangible results of the federal government’s new ARRA stimulus money for workforce development in Snohomish County.
“We feel fortunate to be receiving federal American Reinvestment and Recovery Act funds to assist workers who are dislocated from aerospace industry jobs,” explained Sue Ambler, CEO of WDCSC in a statement. “The Aerospace Center is a perfect example of community partnership and the leveraging of resources that will get ARRA dollars out the door to help our workforce immediately.”
The WorkSource Aerospace Center opening comes at a critical time when many aerospace workers are being dislocated from their jobs. Almost 35,000 people work in Snohomish County’s manufacturing cluster, of which the aerospace sector is a major portion.
“While we’re working extremely hard to protect aerospace jobs in Snohomish County, the recent layoffs at Boeing mean there are out-of-work employees needing help to land new occupations,” Snohomish County Executive Aaron Reardon said. “This center will ensure those men and women receive the training they deserve to start new careers.”
The Aerospace Center, located at 7020 196thj Street in Lynnwood, is on the North Campus of Edmonds Community College. The college has been awarded a contract with WDCSC to run the Center.
Edmonds Community College offers a number of degree and certificate programs available for skills upgrades in aerospace manufacturing, including the Associate of Applied Science transfer degrees in Materials Science Technology and Aerospace Manufacturing.
The WorkSource Aerospace Center will serve both Snohomish County and North King
County. Services available at the Center include: job search assistance, resume writing
workshops, and skills upgrade and training opportunities.
For more information about the center contact Edmonds Community College at 425-640-1459.