The Puget Sound region is steeped in aviation history. But this week, we helped celebrate its future.
If you haven’t heard of the wonderful things Raisbeck Aviation High School is doing for the next generation of aerospace leaders, this should spark your interest. Since its modest start in 2004, the school has become recognized around the world as an incubator for technical talent with its focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
The new campus of Raisbeck Aviation High. All photos by Jessica Oyanagi.
This week, students celebrated moving into a new, state of the art campus adjacent to the Museum of Flight and Boeing Field in Seattle. The new facility’s architecture models the leading edge of an airplane wing.
Raisbeck Aviation High students and supporters gather in front of “The Spirit of Education,” a specially marked Alaska Airlines 737 that flew in for the school’s grand opening.
The school’s capital campaign was funded by state dollars and contributions from the private sector — which comprised 35 percent of the $44.5 million needed to finance the new facility. Boeing, Alaska Airlines and Raisbeck Engineering were lead donors, representing a fraction of the investors from the region’s large aviation and aerospace community, which views the school as an opportunity to create a shared legacy that will pay business dividends for decades.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner helps celebrate the school’s new home.
Boeing Commercial Airplanes president and CEO Ray Conner was on-hand for the opening, and told students that the school provides a pipeline for our industry’s greatest resource: a talented, highly trained workforce that will continue to push the boundaries of flight and achieve the impossible. He encouraged students to learn all they can from the area’s aviation-related businesses, the Museum of Flight, and their mentors, many of whom are Boeing employees.
“You have a whole team pulling for your success,” Conner said. “Someday, we’ll be learning from you — and marveling at all you have achieved.”
Students and guests mark the opening of the new Aviation High campus.
We’re proud to play a part in helping fund the future of flight and congratulate the school on its beautiful new campus.