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Open house introduces college community to Manufacturing & Machining Technology program

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Attendees learn more about the Manufacturing & Machining Technology program at their open house.

The Manufacturing & Machining Technology program welcomed over 100 students, staff, faculty and community members Oct. 9 at an open house. The event featured newly installed equipment that supports the college's industry-driven curriculum in aerospace training.

"Go to the leaders in advanced manufacturing and aerospace, and see what they are doing. Then, construct a learning environment that mirrors the industry to enter the high skill, high wage field," dean of professional technical and workforce education Josh Clearman said.

The college purchased new computer numerical controlled (CNC) machines, pneumatic and hydraulic training stations as part of a curriculum designed with input from Boeing and other companies that serve as aerospace suppliers. Funding for the purchase came from a grant from Governor Chris Gregoire.

"I'm proud of everyone at Green River to take this staggeringly difficult task and make it happen," Clearman said. "Our event demonstrated that we are a leader in machining, manufacturing, and aerospace education."

Held in the Trades & Industry Buildings, the manufacturing and machining students and faculty hosted tours of the redesigned lab. Representatives from the State Board for Community and Technical Colleges, local school districts, the aerospace and advanced manufacturing industry and the Workforce community came to the event along with Green River students, staff and faculty.

Green River introduced three short-term certificates earlier this year as part of the state's effort Investment in Aerospace. The programs in precision machining, machine maintenance and quality assurance are designed for students to complete in 19 weeks. Green River is part of an 11 college consortium using shared grant-funded curriculum to teach essential job skills in two quarters or less.

Prospective students are invited to sign up for an information session held each Monday at noon through Dec. 3 at Green River's Kent Campus. For more information, contact Scott Schreiber at 253-833-9111, extension 4421 or visit www.greenriver.edu/aerospace.