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Boeing and STLCC Receive Innovative Industry Training Award

September 21, 2009

Boeing and STLCC receive Governor's Conference award.  
William Schnettgoeke Jr., left, vice
president and deputy operations supplier
management and lean at Boeing
Integrated Defense Systems, and Rod
Nunn, vice chancellor for workforce and
community development at St. Louis
Community College, jointly accept the
Innovative Industry Training Award from
Linda Martinez, director of the Missouri
Department of Economic Development,
at the recent Governor’s Conference
on Economic Development.

Boeing Integrated Defense System and St. Louis Community College recently received the Director’s Innovative Industry Training Award at the Governor’s Conference on Economic Development for the Boeing Pre-Employment Training Project, a joint venture to create an ongoing pool of employee candidates for the sheet metal assembler riveter (SMAR) occupation through the development and delivery of a pre-employment training program.

Accepting the award on behalf of their organizations were William Schnettgoeke Jr., vice president and deputy operations for supplier management and lean, Boeing Integrated Defense Systems, and Rod Nunn, vice chancellor for workforce and community development, St. Louis Community College.

With assistance from the state of Missouri’s Division of Workforce Development, St. Louis Community College and Boeing profiled the SMAR occupation, and then used the data to assess potential candidates and create curriculum for the pre-employment training.  The first course was held in November 2007; the 11th session graduated last May.

The training program incorporates curriculum designed by Boeing and includes hands-on performance demonstration projects.  Each session of the pre-employment training program provides 208 hours of instruction in aircraft assembly techniques, accessing computer-based worker instructions and teamwork.

To date, 12 courses have been completed, with 108 students successfully completing and 84 hired for employment. The next class is scheduled to begin Dec. 7.  Classes will be held at the STLCC-Florissant Valley campus.

“We see this program as a great example of a college and business partnership, with each partner fully engaged in all steps of the project,” Nunn said. “Most importantly, the end result is good jobs in a high growth regional industry.  As we look to the future, we plan to use this as a model to develop similar partnerships with other high growth industries such as healthcare and clean energy. We already have made progress for further growth in the aerospace industry with the launch of our St. Louis Aerospace Institute.”