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St. Louis Community College Trains Boeing Employment Pool
Despite losses in manufacturing jobs over the past decade, St. Louis is home to 31 aerospace and parts manufacturing firms employing more than 14,000 workers. It is also the headquarters for Boeing’s Defense, Space and Security unit.
The aircraft assembly workforce is projected to grow by 8.6 percent over the next decade, with significant job vacancies due to retirement. In Missouri, Boeing fuels much of this demand.
In recent years, the company noted the lack of a pipeline of skilled assembly technicians to replace large numbers of baby boomers nearing retirement.
STLCC’s Workforce Solutions Group and the Emerson Center for Engineering & Manufacturing formed a joint venture with Boeing (with assistance from the State of Missouri Division of Workforce Development), to develop and deliver a pre-employment training program to create an ongoing pool of employee candidates for the company.
The accelerated, 10-week, 408-hour training program was developed by Boeing and STLCC staff based on curriculum provided by Boeing, including hands-on performance demonstration projects.
Since 2007, 23 sessions of this award-winning program have been delivered. A total of 206 students have been trained, and 175 have been hired by Boeing and GKN Aerospace, reflecting an 85 percent job placement rate.
The program received the Governor’s Innovative Industry Training Award in 2009. Initially offered as a non-credit program, students who complete the training now can earn a Certificate of Specialization in Skilled Trades Industrial Occupations Technology