Core Plus Manufacturing Curriculum by Boeing
Manufacturing Program Takes Off
Posted on 09/25/2019
Core Plus students in Olympic High's new manufacturing lab

Imagine earning $20/hour at Boeing right out of high school. Or having an edge when applying to a college engineering program.

Those are possibilities for Central Kitsap graduates of a new, two-year manufacturing program. At the heart of the program is a curriculum developed by Boeing, Core Plus. But students don’t have to be destined for Boeing to benefit.

Core Plus students learn a variety of core manufacturing skills and earn industry-recognized certificates. The skills they learn can be applied in aerospace as well as maritime, construction and other industries, said Mark Anderson, CK Schools’ director of career & technical education. It’s a head start on thousands of manufacturing jobs expected to open soon in Washington. 

"That’s a big win for our students,” Anderson said. 

Boeing Sees Growing Need

OHS teacher Richard Gifford with student

And it’s a big win for companies such  as Boeing. 

"With a large share of our manufacturing workforce reaching retirement age in the next few years, we need to be proactive in building and sustaining that manufacturing talent pipeline,” said Michelle Burreson, senior manager, Boeing Workforce Development.

About 40 high schools in Washington have adopted Core Plus. CK Schools has been working toward adopting the program for several years as part of its efforts to align career and technical education courses with the needs of high-wage industries.

Community Support Modernizes Labs

The community’s support of a bond measure in 2016 allowed the district, in part, to create modern, flexible manufacturing labs in high schools.

The hammering of riveting tools in Olympic High’s new lab signaled its adoption of Core Plus last school year. Last spring, students in safety goggles stared down metal sheets like pegboards mounted to racks that wouldn’t look out of place next to a 747 jet. As they learned, they also earned career and technical, math, science, and/or elective credits.

This year, Core Plus expands to Central  Kitsap High. District leaders plan to launch  it at Klahowya in the near future.

“The Central Kitsap School District has  been an outstanding partner!” Burreson said.  “We’re excited to see the program grow  even more this coming school year!”