Key Bank Awards Grant to Seattle Goodwill and Everett Community College for Youth Aerospace Program

August 15, 2016

Posted in: News Releases

Key Bank has awarded Seattle Goodwill and Everett Community College (ECC) a $75,000 grant to support the Seattle Goodwill Youth Aerospace Program and Everett Community College enrollment. The check will be presented to Seattle Goodwill and ECC at 2:30 pm Aug. 16.

Goodwill and ECC partner in this two year program to help youth develop the knowledge, skills and motivation to achieve in school as they simultaneously learn to contribute positively to the greater community, be competitive in the job market and successfully enroll in and complete post-secondary education.

“We know that students who leave with a two-year college degree earn, on average, twice as much as adults without a high school diploma,” said Barbara “b.g.” Nabors-Glass, Vice President of Seattle Goodwill’s Job Training and Education. “We are very grateful for the support of Key Bank for helping impact our student’s futures in such a positive way.”

The Youth Aerospace program focuses on aviation/manufacturing training that guides youth through their final year of high school, first year of community college and subsequent job placement in the field. Key Bank funding supports Goodwill Job Training and Education program delivery and supports equipment needs at the Advanced Manufacturing Training and Education Center (AMTEC) at ECC.

"Key Bank's support for this program will go a long way to help address the hiring needs of employers," said John Olson, executive director of the Everett Community College Foundation. "Aerospace companies need trained workers, and that's what this program provides."

This project supports Key Bank's priorities in workforce development and education by improving employability and access to employment in a high-demand sector for youth who are low-income or disadvantaged, youth of color and youth underrepresented in STEM fields. 

Everett Community College educates more than 19,000 students every year. Students enroll to affordably start their four-year degrees, earn certificates, train for a new job, experience hands-on training in professional and technical programs, learn English, develop basic skills, finish high school, train for a promotion, or to learn just for fun. For more information, visit EverettCC.edu. 

For more information, please contact Katherine Boury, Communications Manager at katherine.boury@seattlegoodwill.org or (206) 860-5733.

Seattle Goodwill Industries is a private, nonprofit organization that has served the central and northern Puget Sound since 1923. It provides free job training and education programs and services that help low-income and underserved people obtain the skills they need to secure employment so they may achieve economic self-sufficiency. For more information about Goodwill programs, please visit our Job Training & Education page or call toll-free 1 (877) GIVE4GOOD.

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