Palmer speaks to grads at Renton Technical College

RENTON — Susan Palmer, the secretary/treasurer of Machinists Union District Lodge 751, spoke at Thursday’s graduation ceremony for Renton Technical College. Palmer is a member of the college’s Board of Trustees.

Palmer 4cOn behalf of the Renton Technical College Board of Trustees, I too would like to congratulate all of tonight’s graduates for the achievements we’ve gathered to celebrate tonight.

The strength of our college is the diversity of its students. Each one of you has traveled a unique road to be here tonight. We have single mothers and married fathers who came here looking for new skills to support their families. We have young adults looking for the skills or academic credentials they need to build successful futures. I am proud that all of you have been able to find what you need here at RTC.

I’m also proud that so many Puget Sound-area companies are able to find what they need here at RTC too. They need every single one of you sitting here tonight in a cap and gown.

We are blessed to live in an area that has one of America’s strongest local economies, with opportunities in aerospace and technology, business management, health care and a host of other fields. I’ve worked my entire life in aerospace, and I know that Boeing and the hundreds of companies that provide parts and services for our industry are looking every day for people with the skills, creativity and determination to become the next generation of workplace leaders.

I’m happy to say that local employers can find those leaders – in aerospace and the culinary arts, automotive repair and construction trades – right here at Renton Technical College.

In closing, I’d like to also thank the families of our graduates. Your support, and in some cases, your sacrifices, were an essential part of the successes we celebrate tonight.

And I’d ask our graduates to remember that support, and to pay it back by paying it forward. Get involved in our Renton community. Help make it a better place. Community service can be fun and rewarding, and it makes a huge difference in the lives of others – just as the support of the people here cheering you on tonight has made a difference in your lives.

But that can wait until the morning. Tonight, I’m glad to be here to celebrate with you as you embark upon the next journey in your lives. Congratulations, from all of the Trustees at Renton Technical College.

Originally formed in 1935 to represent hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 32,000 working men and woman at 50 employers across Washington, Oregon and California.

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One Response to “Palmer speaks to grads at Renton Technical College”
  1. “to pay it back by paying it forward.”, great quote by Susan Palmer. Across the USA Technical Colleges like Renton Technical College in Washington state are working hard to educate Machinists and Aero Mechanics to strengthen our future. We salute you!

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