The Higher Education Coordinating Board has a new low-interest loan program for individuals seeking training at the Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, 2008 100th St. SW, Paine Field, Everett.
The new Aerospace Loan Program (ALP) provides funds of up to $4,800 for the 12 weeks of training to enhance applicants’ existing job skills or earn certificates in various aerospace production fields. The loan is available for students who have demonstrated inability to pay the full cost of attending the program.
The Washington Aerospace Training and Research Center, operated by Edmonds Community College, was created to help meet the demand for skilled aerospace workers in Washington. The certificate programs include Aerospace Manufacturing Core Skills (four weeks), Aerospace Assembly Mechanic (eight weeks), Aerospace Electrical Assembler (eight weeks), and Composite Manufacturing and Repair (four weeks). The classes include online and in lab coursework.
The training is open to all U.S. citizens who have a high school diploma or a GED, have 8th grade level reading and math skills, and are over 18 years of age.
After completion of the program, ALP recipients have up to three years to repay their loans.