The Washington Office of Superintendent of Public Instruction (OSPI) awards start-up grants to high schools and skills centers to implement training programs in aerospace assembly and enhanced manufacturing skills.1 These one-time awards are used to purchase or improve course curriculum, purchase course equipment and support professional development for program teachers.
For both programs the Education Research and Data Center (ERDC) in the Office of Financial Management is directed to collect student participation and completion data for grant-recipient high schools and skills centers and to follow students to employment or further training and education in the two years following the students’ completion of the program. ERDC is to report the findings in a series of annual reports beginning in 2014 and running through 2018.
The programs were first implemented in the 2013 school year. Due to the established schedule for finalizing enrollment and employment information this 2017 annual report is the first to include a full two-year postsecondary enrollment and employment follow-up.