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Winners of the 2024 PNAA Chair Award

Skills Inc. is honored to have received the 2024 PNAA Chair Award, which is presented to an individual, company or organization for outstanding accomplishments which have significantly contributed to the industry. Thanks to Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA) for acknowledging the importance of an inclusive culture as the foundation for safety, quality, and technology integration.

Read the article about Skills Inc. that appeared in the recent edition of Northwest Aerospace News Magazine.

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Congrats AIP Class of 2023

a large, diverse group of high school students smile and pose for the picture

A graduation ceremony and celebration for this year’s twenty-six Aerospace Internship Program (AIP) graduates was held at Emerald Downs on June 9th. Parents and guardians, school administrators, mentors, and donors were in attendance to share in the students’ accomplishments. Guest speakers Peter Johnson from Boeing and Kelsey Kaufmann from Kent Meridian High School shared thoughts about their accomplishment and offered advice on next steps after high school.

In its 22nd year, the AIP served high school students from six different school districts. The interns spent 3 hours each day of the academic year at Skills Inc., developing valuable career readiness skills while earning credit towards their high school diplomas. These students are leaving with key skills in applied math, workplace documentation, and graphical literacy. They have developed valuable knowledge, abilities, and attitudes required to be successful in today’s advanced manufacturing environment. Each are strong communicators who are ready to educate and coach their future employers if and when they may need an accommodation. Most importantly, they leave high school knowing that they are highly capable and that their disability does not define them.

Skills Inc. would like to express our gratitude to the graduates for their hard work and dedication to the program. We would also like to thank everyone that had a hand in their success including family and friends, instructors, supervisors, mentors, school administrators, community partners, and donors.

Thanks 2022 AIP Golf Supporters

3 men & a woman pose for a photo with their golf clubs out on the golf courseOn September 16th, Skills Inc. held its annual golf fundraiser at Washington National Golf Club. With the support of our generous sponsors and donors we raised a record amount for the Aerospace Internship Program (AIP), which provides students with disabilities work-based learning opportunities in aerospace manufacturing and finish while earning credit toward their high school diplomas.

After a two year hiatus due to the pandemic, we were excited to be back out on the course with so many community friends and partners! It was a great day with over 130 golfers and another 20+ people joined us for the lunch banquet. We are extremely grateful to everyone that participated and supported this year’s event! View and download event photos.

2022 AIP Golf Sponsors & Donors



Logo: Manini's Delicious, fresh, & gluten free

Logo: Omega Riggers, Inc.


Logo: Skills Inc. Board of Directors




Logo: BlackHawk Industrial

Logo: Pacific Metallurgical

Logo: Parker Smith & Feek
Logo: Pyrotek Aerospace Ltd.Logo: RiskFinance
Logo: Xtreme Machining Precision CNC Machining



Center for Advanced Manufacturing Puget Sound (CAMPS)
Ellison Technologies
Flight Metals
inTech Consulting Inc.
NAI Puget Sound Properties
Pacific Northwest Aerospace Alliance (PNAA)
RBC Wealth Management
Selway Machine Tool Company


Coldstream Wealth Management
Pacific Northwest Law Group
PES Environmental, Inc. an NV5 Company
Pioneer Human Services
Ryder Systems
Sea-Tac Electric
Sprague Pest Solutions
thyssenkrupp Aerospace USA
Wyser Construction Company, Inc.


Auburn Mechanical   |   Fidelity Investments   |   Kennamental 
McMenamins Pub & Breweries   |   Seattle Aquarium   |   Seattle Iron & Metal Corp.
The Museum of Flight   |   Uline   |   Wild Waves Theme & Water Park  |   Woodland Park Zoo

Congrats AIP Class of 2022

Ten students smile while holding their certificates. A banner above them reads "Congratulations Graduates".

Please join us in congratulating the Skills Inc. Aerospace Internship Class of 2022!

This year, fourteen high school students from six school districts graduated from the AIP with valuable work-readiness skills and hands-on experience working in the aerospace industry. Five members of the graduating class also earned the ACT National Career Readiness Certification.

Skills would like to express our gratitude to the interns for their hard work and dedication to the program. We would also like to thank everyone that had a hand in their success including family and friends, instructors, supervisors, mentors, school administrators, community partners and donors.