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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.

Congrats AJAC Class of 2015

Congrats to the Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee‘s (AJAC) Class of 2015! Thirty-eight apprentices graduated across Washington State, including two of our very own.

Skills Inc. employees Keith Bernasconi and Chad Zempel successfully completed the two-year Precision Metal Fabricator Apprenticeship Program and will be awarded a nationally recognized journey-level certificate. Congratulations, we are so proud!

Keith Bernasconi accepts his AJAC certificate one stage at graduation

Celebrating Our 2015 AIP Graduates

Students stand on podium holding their certificates

Congratulations to our 2015 Aerospace Internship Program graduates! Throughout the past school year, Skills Inc. served 34 students from Federal Way, Kent, Enumclaw and Tahoma School Districts, with 20 graduating from the program this month. Of our seniors, 100% graduated from high school and 12 have been hired on at Skills Inc. for summer employment.

During the AIP, students receive one-on-one training, mentoring, personalized instruction and gain valuable work ethics – like being on time, working with peers, following directions, and being a reliable team member. Interns are given the chance to explore their own interests and discover their abilities by working in multiple departments, all while in a supportive environment. After the school year is over, students who applied themselves and did well in the program are offered the chance to work and continue their vocational training.

The impact that this program has on students is truly inspiring. Their progress and transformations are undeniable. Our interns finish the year with a new confidence, important work skills and a more positive outlook for their future.

The AIP could not happen without the support and cooperation of all of the school administrators, donors, mentors, trainers and supervisors that help us provide these opportunities for local area youth. Thank you for being these students’ champions!