IAM 751 to endow Renton Tech College scholarships
RENTON – Machinists Union District Lodge 751 announced today that it is establishing a $25,000 scholarship endowment at Renton Technical College to help students there prepare for careers in aerospace manufacturing.
“We think this is a great opportunity for our union, RTC and young folks in the community,” said IAM 751 President Jon Holden, who made the announcement at the Renton Technical College Foundation’s annual breakfast.
The union’s District Council has voted to approve the creation of the endowment. The money will be transferred over the next three years.
With thousands of Baby Boomers at or near retirement age, “there is going to be a tremendous turnover in our membership,” Holden said. “Highly skilled and experienced workers will be retiring, and one of the most important things we can focus on into the future is how to get young people excited and engaged in the aerospace industry.”
With the endowment, Holden said, “we can provide a hand up, and help secure a highly trained and skilled aerospace workforce for the future.”
IAM 751 Secretary/Treasurer Susan Palmer is a trustee of the college and the school is a leader in training aerospace manufacturing workers, Holden noted: “We look forward to a long partnership with the school and community.”
Originally formed in 1935 by hourly workers at the Boeing Co., District Lodge 751 of the International Association of Machinists & Aerospace Workers now represents more than 33,000 working men and woman at 53 employers across Washington and California.
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