Spirit graduates first class from high school manufacturing program

On Friday, July 28, Spirit AeroSystems graduated its first class from its summer manufacturing program. The program, which is part of the Workforce Alliance of South Central Kansas’ Youth Employment Project, employed 20 students from Wichita and area high schools in hopes of generating interest in manufacturing careers – specifically, manufacturing careers at Spirit.

The students were broken into two groups – 16-17 year olds and 18-19 year olds – and focused their education and training in four critical areas of Spirit’s business: sheet metal, tooling and processes, composites and machining. The program provided older participants an opportunity to get hands-on and experience what working in a manufacturing environment is really like.

The overall experience proved to be very positive for both Spirit and the students who participated, and the company plans to participate again next year.

For more information on the Youth Employment Project, visit www.workforce-ks.com/yep.