Everett, WA. July 9, 2018 – For Lauren Ozbun, a junior at Everett High School, working in a hands-on environment was critical to visioning her future career path in advanced manufacturing.
”Machining and advanced manufacturing interest me because I have always been a hands-on person,” said Lauren. “I always wanted to go into STEM based field, and feel that mold making and plastic injection molding combine my future job ideals into one area.”
So how did a 17 year old woman find her way into a plastics manufacturing plant in Everett, WA? Through a youth apprenticeship program, advocated by Matt Poischbeg, Vice President and General Manager of Sea-Lect Plastics Corporation, and committee member of AJAC, Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Committee.
AJAC is a statewide, nonprofit registered apprenticeship program, dedicated to providing hands-on learning to the trades while earning a living wage. A recent expansion gives high school juniors and seniors a pathway to on-the-job-training that can lead to a journey-level card and short-term college certificate in addition to their high-school diploma.
“Apprenticeships are the ideal vehicle to teach young adults like Lauren job-ready skills through mentorship while providing quality education and creating productive, lifelong learners, said Matt Poischbeg, “Programs like AJAC’s Youth Apprenticeships build a pipeline of talent and generate a positive return on investment for both the student and business.
Lauren joined the program in July 2018. She spends each day learning all the jobs and tasks necessary to run and operate an Injection Molding and Tooling manufacturer. “I take pride in the physical objects that I’ve learned to make,” said Lauren. “I enjoy watching as hard work and planning turn into a finished product.”
To learn more about Lauren and her journey entering into the workforce, contact Matt Poischbeg at (425) 238-4357 and MattP@sealectplastics.com.