INWAC demonstrates a region-wide commitment to the ongoing growth and maintenance of our aerospace cluster. We recognize that our local aerospace community is strengthened and supported by the hard work of our surrounding schools, businesses, and service partners.
Businesses are collaborating.
We come together with competitors sitting side-by-side to learn from each other, buy from each other, and discover cost-saving best practices. It is this open format that allows us to come up with creative solutions that put the customer’s needs first.
Companies are building.
“What’s your capacity?” Inland Northwest companies have thrived by carefully monitoring capacity constraints and planning for future growth. At present, we have room for expansion within existing facilities and rely heavily on our partnerships with the Spokane International Airport, Greater Spokane Incorporated, and the Coeur d’Alene Area Economic Development Corporation as we grow our customer base and site new facilities.
Schools are training a skilled workforce.
- Washington State University (WSU) has over 400 enrolled engineering students and is the largest engineering program in the state. Spokane is home to Washington State University’s Applied Sciences Lab (ASL), which is a successful and unique multi-disciplinary, Ph. D. level research facility that operates in partnership with local businesses.
- Community Colleges of Spokane (CCS) is the largest community college in the state of Washington and has skilled trade associate degrees, training courses for careers in welding, CNC machining, sheet metal, composites, etc., and an established Airframe and Powerplant program already in place.
- Aerospace Joint Apprenticeship Program (AJAC) is training existing employees at local manufacturing facilities, helping business owners advance their best workers.