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Congrats AIP Class of 2024!

Skills Inc. AIP Class of 2024 with collage of 29 black & white photos of each student

We are so proud of the 29 students who graduated from our Aerospace Internship Program this year! You demonstrated that you are ready for the next step in your life journey—wherever that path takes you.

A graduation luncheon was held on June 7th at Emerald Downs. Family members, school administrators, mentors, and donors were in attendance to share in the students’ accomplishments. Guest speakers Kevin Cloud from Boeing, Julie Bannan from Orting High School, and Dylan LeMere—former AIP student who now works in Quality at Boeing—shared thoughts about their accomplishment and offered advice on next steps after high school.

Skills Inc. would like to express its gratitude to everyone that had a hand in mentoring and supporting these students—including family and friends, instructors, employees at Skills Inc., school administrators, community partners, and donors. During the academic year, the interns spent 3 hours a day at Skills Inc., developing valuable career readiness skills while earning credit towards their high school diplomas. They are leaving with experience in applied math, workplace documentation, and graphical literacy as well as important life skills—like being on time, working with peers, receiving direction and being a reliable team member. Fifteen of the students also earned the ACT National Career Readiness Certification. All of these graduates developed the capabilities and attitudes that will help them thrive in their future endeavors. Most importantly, they will leave high school knowing that they are highly capable and that their disability does not define them. Congratulations!

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.

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.

Congrats AIP Class of 2020!

Group photos of students w/Congratulations AIP Class of 2020

Please join us in congratulating the Aerospace Internship Class of 2020!

This year, 42 high school students graduated from the AIP with valuable work-readiness skills and hands-on experience working in the aerospace industry. Unfortunately, due to the COVID-19 school closures, their time was cut short in March, but interns were able to continue working towards their National Career Readiness Certificate from home.

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.