The Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Academy (AMLA) is a nine-month concurrent enrollment, dual credit educational career launch program for Kent School District seniors that will provide a foundation of knowledge and skills for a successful future in advanced manufacturing. Participants will earn credits to complete their high school graduation and 45 credits towards an AAS degree in Manufacturing Engineering Technologies at Clover Park Technical College.

Students will benefit from the extensive experience of college instructors and hands-on training with current industry professionals. During the AMLA, participants will be employed at Skills Inc. and paid during work-based learning activities. Qualified students will utilize the Running Start program to cover tuition costs. No pre-requisites or prior experience necessary.

Earn credits for both high school & college. Study for a career in advanced manufacturing. Get paid while receiving hands-on-training.

Jump Start a Career in an exciting field with Many diverse, in-demand roles

Participants will study terms and concepts helping manufacturers move from manual output to more automated solutions―including robotics, 3D printing, and digital inspection methods―become proficient and work ready in the operation of CNC machines and dimensional inspection, as well as gain leadership skills by participating in real-life problem solving activities―applying the principles of Lean to improve processes.

Prior to graduation from the academy, students will be provided time and guidance on how to structure their work-based learning journey beyond AMLA. Supported pathways include additional education aimed at AAS and BAS degrees, apprenticeships, or workplace roles that will lead to a well-rounded career in the field with continued leadership potential.

Interested in Finding Out More About the AMLA?

View the AMLA handout

Watch the below recording of a virtual info session from March.

Questions can be sent to amla@skillsinc.com

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Recording of the AMLA Info Session

Apply to the AMLA

Please complete the two Running Start forms (below) and send them to amla@skillsinc.com. Plan to meet with your high school counselor for their signature. Only Kent School District seniors (Class of 2025) may apply.

The Advanced Manufacturing Leadership Academy is sanctioned by the Washington State Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction and offered through a partnership between Kent School District, Clover Park Technical College, and Skills Inc.