As aerospace jobs continue to increase in Renton, aerospace manufacturers and suppliers in Renton and throughout the state face significant gaps in the availability of trained workers. To help bridge this gap and build Renton’s workforce, the City of Renton worked with area state legislators to secure a state grant from the Community Economic Revitalization Board (CERB) in the amount of $2,462,500 to build a facility to help train critically needed aerospace workers. Renton Technical College, which partnered with the city to secure the grant, will become the airport’s tenant for the building and conduct the student training.
The new facility, the Renton Aerospace Training Center, will be located at the former . The site overlooks the airport runway and Boeing 737 production facilities and includes views of the city, Lake Washington, Mount Rainier, and the Cascade foothills.
An important goal of the Renton Aerospace Training Center project is to highlight Renton’s rich local aviation heritage by integrating it into the design of the building and grounds. By creating a sense of place for the public to become engaged in the broader aspect of aviation in Renton, visitors can learn more about the birthplace of the commercial jet age in the United States. The Renton Aerospace Training Center will help build upon the $6.2 billion of local economic activity injected into Renton’s economy at the Renton Municipal Airport.
*Editor's Note: Information provided by the City of Renton.