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Engaging. Collaborative. Innovative. Research Based. A new way to engage youth in Aerospace College & Careers exploration opportunities
Building a Collaborative: A plan to successfully engage youth in Aerospace College and Career Exploration
Mission: To increase the prosperity of families, communities, and companies by collaborating with all parties committed to success and economic security for all stakeholders by building stronger Aerospace education, employment, and business development opportunities.
Aerospace Career Exploration System
Our goal is to create a statewide collaborative that supports youth engagement from pre-k through transition into careers in the Aviation and Space industry, which is facing critical shortages of qualified employees for current and future positions. The industry is focused on more than merely filling high-wage jobs, but ensuring that they have a diverse, equitable workforce and seeking to provide opportunity to non-dominant group members. Extending opportunities to all students in our state provides new options for historically underrepresented students and greatly increases the number of qualified employees available to Oregon’s Aerospace Industry.
The Aerospace Industry in Oregon
Aerospace is a critical industry for our state acknowledged as such in the Oregon Business Plan (OBP). Launched in 2002, OBP is an ongoing collaborative effort that engages the business community, Oregon’s elected leaders, and other key stakeholders to achieve greater economic growth and prosperity across all of Oregon’s regions. The plan focuses on industry clusters and has recognized aviation as a key sector. Our state is home to a variety of Aerospace companies, including a McMinnville company recognized as the largest manufacturer of UAV engines in the United States. Nationally STEM related jobs make up 6.9% of industry; yet in areas like Corvallis, Oregon’s jobs are 22% STEM-related. Aviation is also a major component of plans for emergency response as well as a factor in the growth of our rural communities.
Our approach to the question of increasing Aerospace College and Career Exposure and Selection System (ACCESS) is a tried and true process in business:
Assess the current landscape of available Aerospace related apprenticeship/career and technical education programs
Evaluate current offerings of curriculum and programs for youth engagement and utilize OregonASK Access and Equity Map to reflect current programs and identify gaps
Pilot programs at rural, suburban, and urban locations with virtual engagement available for organizations in other areas
Implement expansion of programs to meet the needs and expectations of youth, families, community, educators, academics and industry partners in all regions of Oregon