Area community colleges give support to Gov. Nixon’s bid for 777X plant
JEFFERSON CITY, MO. (KPLR) – On the heels of Tuesday’s announcement by Governor Nixon and the St. Louis Trade Unions to forgo overtime and work 24-hour schedule for the proposed Boeing 777X plant in St. Louis County; area community colleges have thrown their support behind the project.
Governor Nixon and the St. Louis area community colleges announced Wednesday that the colleges have formed a consortium to help train potentially thousands of Missourians for aerospace jobs, to help bring Boeings 777X project to St. Louis.
The consortium will included East Central College, Jefferson College, Mineral Area College, St. Charles Community College and St. Louis Community College.
It’s hoped that the community colleges programs in aerospace production, assembly, robotics, automation, precision machining, welding; an facilities to train workers in aerospace composites assembly, aerospace mechanical/electrical lab, metallurgy, classroom space, offices and computer labs will give Missouri an edge over other competitors.
The consortium has also agreed to set aside 10 percent of trainee slots for minorities.
Currently, Boeing has nearly 700 suppliers and vendors in 24 counties across the state. The proposed production of the Boeing 777X would expand opportunities for these and other suppliers, creating jobs and growing local economies throughout Missouri.
A deadline for a proposal to Boeing is due by December 10th, with a decision by Boeing expected by mid-January.