Four Eau Gallie High School Graduates Begin Manufacturing Careers With Embraer
By Space Coast Daily // August 31, 2020
Embraer Executive Jets selected the Space Coast as its U.S. home in 2008
BREVARD COUNTY • MELBOURNE, FLORIDA – Four new graduates from Eau Gallie High School’s Aviation Assembly and Fabrication Program will begin careers in advanced manufacturing working on state-of-the-art aircraft while earning great wages and benefits.
Embraer, which manufactures several lines of executive jets in Melbourne snatched up the candidates who are products of one of Brevard Public Schools’ career and technical education choices.
“With all the uncertainty in the world, to have a manufacturer the quality of Embraer find a rich talent pipeline in our local schools bodes well for the future of Brevard County’s economy,” said Lynda Weatherman, president and CEO of the Economic Development Commission of Florida’s Space Coast, which helped launch the program and secured EGHS’ first teaching aircraft.
“During the last decade, we’ve strategically cultivated a state-leading core of manufacturing employers with high-wage jobs, like Embraer, who are helping us weather the COVID-19 downturn.”
In 2008, Embraer selected the Space Coast as the U.S. home of Embraer Executive Jets for several reasons, including the highly-skilled local workforce.
Kirsten Patchett, Vice President of Human Resources for Embraer North America said the company has been able to expand its presence on the Space Coast, thanks to the support of local workforce development initiatives, such as the EGHS Aviation Assembly and Fabrication Program.
“During my last summer in the EGHS Aviation Assembly and Fabrication Program, I completed an internship at Embraer, where I was excited to apply, first-hand, what I was learning in school,” said Kiaralys Alva, Interiors Technician at Embraer.
“Upon graduation, thanks to the program, I already had a full-time position lined up at Embraer. I now get to do what I love, with the confidence that comes from the training and mentoring of world-class aviation professionals.”
Matt Susin, EDC executive committee member and vice-chairman of Brevard Public Schools, said that by being responsive to the industry in our own backyard we can equip Brevard County students with in-demand skills to not only get them jobs but careers.
“Congratulations to these new EGHS graduates and Embraer for recognizing that it is possible to earn a paycheck and learn a profession without going into student loan debt,” said Susin.
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