COE Advisory Board Awards


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August 2014 – Awards were given to top Advisory Board partners for their contributions.

The Center of Excellence is blessed to have 32 Advisory Board Members helping us to serve our mission. This month, we held an awards ceremony at the Future of Flight to celebrate industry and educational partners that may serve on the Board and/or are a partner in our work.

The winners included educational and industry partners:

Mantz Brinkman, The Boeing Company – Industry Partner of the Year 2014 

Why he’s a winner! Mantz Brinkman is currently the Aerospace Academic Alignment Team Community and Technical College Strategy Lead. Mantz works primarily with WA State Community Colleges to build alignment between Aerospace Industry training requirements and Industrial Skills training programs offered at the CTC’s.

Bret Hinton, The Boeing Company – Industry Partner of the Year 2014 

Why he’s a winner! He has had the privilege to help many Washington State students enter the aerospace manufacturing industry by working with Skill Centers, High Schools and Community and Technical Colleges to develop aerospace and manufacturing curriculum.

Amy Hatfield, Olympic College – Dean of the Year 2014 

Why she’s a winner! She has worked with 40 educational providers across the state to ensure educational opportunities for low-income students.

Michael Werner, Granite Falls High School – Teacher of the Year 2014

Why he’s a winner! At Granite Falls High School, he organized the first ever all girl team that designed, built and successfully raced a prototype diesel car in the International Shell Eco-Marathon. Among many media features the “ShopGirls” were highlighted as a bright spot in CTE education by US Secretary of Education Arne Duncan, in his speech to Harvard University “Pathways to Prosperity.” Now in their sixth year, members from both Eco-car teams at the school “ShopGirls” and “UrbanAutos” (the co-ed team) were also the first high school ever to take a car they build to the Bonneville Salt Flats in Utah, not for speed but for alternative fuel testing and educational outreach to middle school students. See HeraldNet.com article on Michael.

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Future of Flight Aviation Center where event was held.

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Executive Director, Mary Kaye Bredeson, presenting awards

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Two award winners – Bret Hinton and Mantz Brinkman from The Boeing Company

Winner of Teacher of the Year - Michael Werner

Winner of Teacher of the Year – Michael Werner

Winner of Dean of the Year - Amy Hatfield - with Executive Director, Mary Kaye Bredeson

Winner of Dean of the Year – Amy Hatfield – with Executive Director, Mary Kaye Bredeson

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About COEAerospace

The Center of Excellence for Aerospace and Advanced Materials Manufacturing of Washington state is a conduit for collaboration and engagement between industry and K-12 and post secondary higher education. We work to develop the talent pipeline and economic infrastructure to facilitate continuous innovation and growth for aerospace and manufacturing in our state and beyond.
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