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Boeing Recognizes SEATech Teacher

Boeing recognizes SEATech teacher for commitment and contributions to aerospace program

Boeing Workforce Development Senior Manager Michelle Burreson recently sent a letter to SEATech Advanced Manufacturing and Welding instructor James Polson recognizing him for his continued commitment and contributions to the Core Plus Aerospace program.

Core Plus Aerospace is a two-year high school manufacturing curriculum that prepares students for high-demand jobs through hands-on learning. Students learn real-world skills that open doors to good-paying manufacturing jobs and give them a clear advantage when pursuing apprenticeships, post-high school certificates, or college degrees. Developed and supported by industry leaders like Boeing, Core Plus Aerospace is designed to be delivered in an engaging classroom setting and provides opportunities for students to explore careers in industries of interest while still in high school.

“James invests in the success of his students and works diligently to ensure that they are prepared to take advantage of post-high school opportunities,” said Burreson. “Just this week, members of our team participated in mock interviews with James’ students, and came away impressed by their preparation, professionalism and thoughtful responses to our questions.”

Polson reports approximately 20 percent of his graduates are involved with Boeing through paid internships or employment. He regularly takes students to Boeing facilities for field trips and curriculum related experiences. 

“It’s a great partnership and gives the students more options when they graduate to start a career in manufacturing,” said Polson. “Students typically start at $20/hour and make about $60,000 in their first year, and can build their career from there.”

Burreson says Polson is masterful at preparing students to be successful.

“When we engage with students from SEATech, we have confidence that not only will they possess a high-degree of technical proficiency, but that they will also display an impressive ability to effectively communicate their knowledge and expertise,” said Burreson. “In our experience, in addition to highly capable students, this is also a product of James’ hard work and dedication.”

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