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couldn’t cover the cost, he did some digging and connected with SPEEA Veterans
Committee members who were eager to
“They are the real heroes,” said Fullerton.
“They took the reins (of the request) and
ran with it. Otherwise, the box would still
be sitting on the shelf.”
The SPEEA Executive Board approved
the committee’s request for $1,300 to
transport the seats via a trucking company.
Beasley said he was overwhelmed when he
heard the news because he had been trying for six months to find funding. Then
seemingly overnight he had what he needed
from an unexpected source. “I worked with
SPEEA members, but I didn’t know they
had their own veterans group,” he said. “I
was happy to hear they wanted to help.”
The seats were scheduled to arrive at the
Southeastern Guide Dogs training center
in Palmetto, Fla., by the end of last month.
“This is very personal to me,” Beasley
said. “It was a daunting task to walk on
Having a service dog has changed Beasley’s
life for the better. He lost his right leg below the
knee in a car accident in 2011. Balance, squatting
and picking up something off the floor were some
of his challenges before Cruiser.
“I thought I already had a smart dog at home (his
pet),” he said, before meeting Cruiser. “These
dogs are amazing. You cannot describe how much
it changes your life. I didn’t know I needed the
help, but now it’s more fun and easier.”
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Choose Washington NMA
Workforce issues in governor’s budget
OLYMPIA – Investments in educa- tion and workforce training programs uggested by the effort to encourage
Boeing to design and manufacture the proposed New Mid-Market Airplane (NMA) in
Washington state are included in the state budget proposed by Gov. Jay Inslee.
The proposal, announced in mid-December,
• $22 million to increase enrollment in
K- 12 and Community and Technical
• $18 million for facility and equipment
• $16 million for incumbent worker train-ing including the Washington Aerospace
Training & Research (WATR) Center.
• $7 million for system implementation to
help ensure higher education credits transfer across institutions, as well as expanding aerospace programs.
“We have the best trained aerospace workforce in
the country, and to maintain that, we must have
strong programs for both youth and adults,” said
NMA Council Co-chair Rick Bender. “This
budget opens the door to high-skilled jobs and
keeps our aerospace sector strong.”
The budget items were among the recommendations made by the Choose Washington’s
Workforce Development Work Group to maintain the state’s position as the location with the
most skilled aerospace workforce.
Work continues with the Council in multiple
areas with SPEEA staff members Stan Sorscher
on the Executive Council and Bill Dugovich
on the communications work group. Dugovich
recently was part of a Choose Washington panel
that appeared on KBTC public television.
SPEEA advocates that placing design and engineering with our members – wherever they are
located – offers the best chance for a successful
launch of the NMA. During a recent meeting
with Spirit President and CEO Tom Gentile in
Wichita, members inquired about Spirit’s efforts
to secure some of the work and were assured
the company will work to win and secure work
going to suppliers.
Sign-up for the newsletter and updates on the
Choose Washington website – http://nma.
Shown here with the crate of seats in Everett are Jim Fullerton, left,
Associate Technical Fellow in Boeing Commercial Airplanes (BCA)
interiors product development, Geoff Case, center, SPEEA Veterans
Committee vice chair, and Mike Shea, right, SPEEA Northwest
regional vice president and SPEEA Veterans Committee member.
SPEEA paid the shipping cost to send the crate to a service dog training facility in Florida that helps veterans and others.