Clean sweep: NSD Composites Engineering and Manufacturing students pass certification

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All 16 Composites Engineering and Manufacturing students representing the Northshore and Issaquah school districts who took the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center Core Certification test in May passed, and more than 80 percent passed with a score of 94 percent or better.

The Northshore School District Composites Engineering and Manufacturing program provides preparatory instruction and practice for careers in composites and materials science engineering, manufacturing and repair. The program is part of the King County Washington Network for Innovative Careers (WANIC) Skills Center program. WANIC  is established to provide advanced-level Career and Technical Education programs based on rigorous academic and industry standards, preparing students for post-secondary education and successful entry into high-skill, high-demand careers and employment. Students in the program meet for three hours a day for the full school year.

The Composites Engineering & Manufacturing class is a college-level course that is articulated with Edmonds Community College Materials Science program as well as the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center. Students have the opportunity to earn college credit and industry certification in this high demand field and participate in many site visits to local industries and post secondary programs including Boeing, K2 Sports, ElectroImpact, Washington Aerospace Training and Research, University of Washington Mechanical Engineering & Formula Motor Sports program and Edmonds Community College.

Opened in 2010, the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center,, is the educational resource for career pathways in the aerospace industry. Located at Paine Field in Snohomish County, the center was built to create career opportunities and to serve the aerospace industry. The Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center programs are delivered in five unique certificates of completion. The program begins with the Aerospace Manufacturing Core Skills Certificate and one Aerospace Specialty Program Certificate is required for successful completion of the program. Aerospace Specialty Programs include Aerospace Manufacturing Assembly Mechanic, Aerospace Electrical Assembly Mechanic, Aerospace Quality Assurance and Aerospace Tooling.

The Composites Engineering and Manufacturing is now accepting enrollment for the 2014-15 school year and is accessible to any student in the following school districts: Northshore, Riverview, Lake Washington, Bellevue, Mercer Island, Issaquah and Snoqualmie Valley.

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