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Manufacturing Academy 

The Manufacturing Academy (MA) is a joint program of South Seattle College and the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee (AJAC) designed for entry-level and re-entering professionals wanting to update and expand their skill set in the world of diversified and advanced manufacturing. The MA is recognized by the State of Washington Labor and Industry as one of only 12 officially recognized pre-apprenticeships in the state.

The goals of this 11 week, 28 college-credits program are: 

• To build a 21st century Washington workforce to fill entry-level and mid-level manufacturing careers  

• To provide long-term family wage employment, and

• To support educational and career ladders for graduates.

The MA curriculum content was developed in partnership with AJAC and local employers to ensure that it is relevant, meets industry needs, and aligns with the state's standards for manufacturing. 

Students have the opportunity to interact with employers throughout the program, including entry interviews, industry tours, and a job fair where invested employers offer employment upon graduation. The result of the Academy is a skilled pipeline of entry level workers to support the growing number of industrial manufacturing jobs in the region. In addition, the Academy provides students a pathway to enter into an apprenticeship or continue their education within the state’s community and technical college system.

The MA is a unique opportunity that directly connects Washington State students with employers and provides them with the skills, knowledge, competencies, and certifications necessary to be valued assets to any company.  

In just 11 weeks, MA students earn certifications in:
~ Forklift and Flagging
~ Industrial CPR/First Aid

The MA training includes:
~ Lean Manufacturing
~ Introductory Welding
~ Blueprint Reading
~ Composites
~ Applied Math for Technicians

Credits earned in the MA program transfer into other industrial educational pathways at in the Seattle College District and other colleges in the state.

For more information about this program, Please contact:

Mary Lockman
College Navigator
Phone: (206) 934-5804



Teacher training an apprentice 

Teacher giving instruction to an apprentice   Apprentice using a saw

Welding apprentice smiling








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