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Local students needed for Boeing job training program

For some high school seniors, the option of college is anything but an option.

But Boeing has an opportunity for area students that allows a multitude of working opportunities and benefits, along with paying extra for two and four-year college degrees.

“You can’t look at this and not see such a great opportunity,” said Jim Adamson, CKHS Trade and Industrial teacher.

It was announced in the Central Kitsap, Bremerton and North Kitsap school districts shortly after the SkillsUSA competition that Boeing is featuring a three-phase program for students to test, train and work at the Boeing Everett facility.

After taking a group of students to the SkillsUSA state competition, Adamson said Boeing was one of the prospective employers looking for students, age 18 years and older, who were interested in assembly electrician and assembly mechanic positions.

“Boeing will pay for 100 percent of (their) education,” Adamson explained. “And they’ll pay (the worker) more for a two-year and four-year degree.”

Adamonson added that six students have already applied for the program.

The first phase of the program is an assessment test that will take place in Renton. Interested students who are 18 as of May 15 can apply for the specific jobs on the Boeing Web site. After the application process, an assessment day will be assigned to the students. Transportation has already been arranged courtesy of the Central Kitsap Career and Technical Education department. The assessment will last approximately two hours.

Students also will be given extra time to visit the Boeing museum and take a tour of the facility while they are there.

“I think any student has a very good chance of passing the assessment test,” Adamson said, adding that he took the test recently so he can help students study and prepare for the exam.

The second phase of the program, for students who have passed the first phase, will participate in a training regimen which takes place outside the Everett Boeing facility, according to Adamson.

The training is unpaid and lasts two to four weeks, depending on the employment position.

Adamson said the third and final phase of the program is the job offer. Once training has been completed, Boeing will typically offer employment to individuals who have successfully completed the training. Adamson said if enough students have made it to the job offer phase, a model for success will be created along with a unique transportation plan so students do not have to drive in rush-hour traffic.

Adamson said he’s also looking for a bus driver, anyone in their upper 20s with a good driving record, to help them with transportation to and from Boeing in Everett. Kitsap Transit will pay the individual for their services.

With hopes of getting at least 60 students to sign up for the program, Adamson said he is willing to help students to succeed with the assessment test by offering one hour for tutorial study everyday after school until the date of the test.

“I will not have a feeling of success if that bus leaves (for the assessment test) with someone standing on the curb wanting to be on the bus,” Adamson said.

For information, visit www.Boeing.com/employment or call (360) 662-2490.

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