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Georgetown program targets high schoolers interested in aerospace jobs

The Georgetown Independent School District’s proximity to certain major mid-Atlantic cities allows it to afford opportunities to students that other school systems can’t necessarily match. It’s also not far from the Lockheed Martin headquarters, a key hub for the American aerospace industry.

According to the region’s Community Impact Newspaper affiliate, the ISD will soon begin its third annual aerospace engineering education program for local high school children. The initiative aims to train students in various aspects of aviation, from the basics of flying to the finer points of jet manufacturing, and prepare them for job opportunities in the industry.

Nearly three years after the program’s initiation, it’s become quite popular among students at Georgetown and East View high schools, and its 24 available spots fill quickly.

Fred Brent, superintendent of Georgetown ISD, spoke highly of the training course’s success.

“It is our responsibility to prepare students for the future, and part of that process is providing real-world, hands-on experience,” Brent told the news provider. “Our aerospace engineering program is doing just that.”

On a broad scale, the American aerospace sector began 2018 performing fairly well, and the progress of certain major manufacturers in the field bodes well for future growth. For example, Fox Business reported that Boeing, well-established as a giant of the industry, was able to allocate $300 million toward a variety of improvement initiatives, including workforce development, due to the tax reform bill that recently became law. Other companies could follow suit and craft initiatives that benefit their labor pools and corporate bottom lines.