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Spirit AeroSystems and East Central High School Collaboration Announcement

TULSA, Okla., May 2, 2018 – Spirit AeroSystems [NYSE: SPR] and East Central High School announced a new collaboration agreement Wednesday focused on enhancing skills and growing a talent pipeline to fill the jobs of the future.

“We are thrilled to provide opportunities for students to begin exploring career pathways,” said Spirit Human Resources and Environmental, Health and Safety Director Martha Webb-Jones. “Our goal is to foster innovation, increase student success and prepare students for a successful career path. Attracting and retaining a skilled workforce is a critical challenge facing employers in Tulsa, particularly in high-demand industries like aerospace and advanced manufacturing. This program is designed to help develop our local students to fill the gap.”

As part of its broader high school manufacturing program, Spirit will host a paid manufacturing program for East Central students ages 18-19 beginning in early June. The collaboration with East Central was initiated by Spirit assembly mechanic Ben Harvey and offers participants the opportunity to learn about aviation tools and processes while providing mentoring opportunities and hands-on training.

Paired with relevant coursework, the program will offer students the chance to launch their careers and enter the workforce and college more equipped to succeed.

“Our students need to be prepared for jobs in today’s workforce and the workforce of the future. To do so, they need additional educational experiences beyond a high school diploma to achieve their goals,” said East Central Principal Mike Crase. “This collaboration with Spirit will allow students to further explore future career opportunities with the assistance of business professionals and their teachers.”

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