$2.49 million from the federal Department of Labor will help Clover Park Technical College in Lakewood establish a Mechatronics Technician degree program.
Vice President Joe Biden made the announcement this morning.
Clover Park’s win was boosted by the Manufacturing Communities designation secured in June.
The federal grants are designed for community and technical colleges to retrain students for high wage, high skill jobs.
The median wage for a mechatronics technician is about $27-32 an hour.
MT’s have skills in many crafts and work on robotic and other intelligent equipment. Clover Park’s program is focused on aerospace.
Everett’s Aerospace Center for Excellence is also a winner from this round of grants, through a $9.9 million grant to Centralia College supporting centers of excellence in aerospace, clean tech and construction.