Last week, 41 Utah Career and Technical Education (CTE) students graduated from the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing. Each student entered the program in September 2015, where they completed 156 hours of classroom instruction before participating in a paid internship with one of five aerospace partners—Albany (formerly Harris), Boeing, Hexcel, Janicki, and Orbital ATK.
By completing the UAP program, along with passing pre-employment requirements, these 41 students are now certified to begin work with one of the aerospace partners in Utah. Not only will the students begin work at a family-sustaining wage, but many of the industry partners have agreed to provide tuition reimbursements after a minimum of one year working for the company. If the student prefers, they can pursue training within their company and work their way up there.
Congratulations to the first class of UAP graduates from Granite School District and Davis School District, who were honored at a ceremony at the Utah State Capitol in the Hall of Governors.
Read what graduates are saying about the UPA program:
“Through this program, I have learned about composites and my desired field within my aerospace internship. I have learned how to build, machine, measure, clean, and process each part in its entirety. Before I began [this internship], my heart was set on going into architectural design. However, this experience has completely changed that and I couldn’t be happier to go into aerospace. This has been such a wonderful and helpful experience.”
—Jessica Ericksen, Janicki Industries Internship
“This is one part of my career pursuit that had quite the effect on me and the way I viewed the industries in particular. As I chose to pursue the composites engineering, woodworking, machining, math, and automotive pathways the more I came to notice how woven together the industry is, and that by mastering the technical processes of an entire industry.
—John Snarr, Janicki Industries Internship
“Through this opportunistic experience, I’ve learned through first-hand reality what it feels like to be involved in this companies manufacturing process, and even surrounded by the success and challenges that are to be met or found in the engineering technological worlds. There’s not a better reassuring thought then to actually see what it would be like to pursue the career of a little boy’s dreams.”
—Matthew Roe, Orbital ATK Internship
“During my internship at Boeing, I’ve learned a lot about the process of assembly of the airplane and the hard work and dedication to make a perfect product. The experience has given me a further interest in aerospace and mechanical engineering and has further confirmed my desires to pursue a career in STEM.”
—Emma Vanderhoeven, Boeing Internship
“This year I had a once in a lifetime opportunity. A new program was [launched]: Utah Aerospace Pathways. As soon as I [found out] about the program I signed up and enrolled. I’ve had the opportunity to learn how to operate some of the basic machines like the manual mill, the manual lathe, and see how the CNC mill and the lathe operate. I’m excited to begin my engineering career while still in high school!”
—Denisse Martinez, Hexcel Internship
On September, 4, 2015, Governor Gary R. Herbert announced the Utah Aerospace Pathways (UAP) program saying, “The creation of the Utah Aerospace Pathways program will benefit Utah students for generations to come. This is among the first time industry partners and K-12 educators are working closely together to directly address their workforce needs in the state.
The Utah Aerospace Pathways program provides Utah students the opportunity to graduate from high school with a certificate in aerospace manufacturing and begin an aerospace manufacturing career. This unique program has brought aerospace industry representatives, education leaders, and together in an unprecedented collaboration.