Arlington, Va. – More than 700 student teams representing 48 states, the District of Columbia and the U.S. Virgin Islands are preparing for the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge, the world’s largest student rocket contest and a key piece of the aerospace and defense industry’s strategy to build a stronger U.S. workforce in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).
AIA’s new Workforce Policy Council (WPC) is forming working groups to address each of the council’s five focal issues. Companies represented on the WPC and any other interested AIA members are encouraged to name subject matter experts.
Following the October 15 CEO call hosted by Marion Blakey, AIA’s Workforce Policy Council (WPC) on October 25 held a call-in session for member companies to discuss the workforce impacts of the federal government shutdown and best practices for dealing with the effects. Practices shared with the WPC were compiled into a checklist of recommended actions for AIA members to consider in the event of another government shutdown or similar situations. The checklist has been distributed by email to all AIA members and posted on the AIA website for future reference.
Easing the sequestor’s near-term effects under the congressional budget deal reached in late December was welcome news for our industry providing a measure of relief for important federal national security, civil aviation and space functions. But although we won’t be facing the full brunt of sequestration’s worst two years—or another government shutdown for the foreseeable future—defense spending will still be $30 billion below the President’s budget request for the year, and funding for FAA, NASA and NOAA will still be on the downward arc that began in 2010. That said, the deal represents a first step toward a long-term agreement that could eliminate sequestration altogether, reverse the current “investment deficit” in programs that make our nation strong and secure, and finally address the mandatory spending accounts that are the real drivers of our nation’s debt and deficit problems.
The composition of the aerospace and defense industry's workforce is as diverse as it is large. With over one million workers employed in the aerospace and defense industry, it is important that we retain and support the skills needed to grow our industry. This infographic shows what the most sought after skills are for our industry, what the general demographics of our industry are and who we hire.
WASHINGTON, D.C. – Over the next six months, thousands of students will push educational boundaries and test gravity’s limits through designing, building and successfully launching model rockets. Registration to compete in the 2014 Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) is now officially open for middle and high school students across the country.
The Plains, Va. – Students from Georgetown 4-H of Georgetown, Texas launched themselves to a first place finish at the eleventh annual Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) finals Saturday afternoon, securing the title of national champions of the world’s largest student rocket contest.
Arlington, Va. – This morning, students participating in the Team America Rocketry Challenge (TARC) displayed their rockets for President Obama at the White House Science Fair for the third time since 2010.