IRMO, SC - Officials with Boeing made a special trip to Lexington-Richland School District Five on April 19. Students from cybersecurity, machine tool and automotive programs at the Center for Advanced Technical Studies (The Center) took part in a forum with Boeing’s Frank Hatten, the company’s strategy and integration education relations specialist.
Hatten is based at Boeing South Carolina which is located in Charleston and is home to 8,000 employees. His main message to students during his presentation was that hiring local is a top priority for the leading commercial aircraft manufacturer.
“Today’s visit is so important for myself and for Boeing because so many students in South Carolina aren’t aware of the opportunities right here in their home state in advanced manufacturing,” Hatten said. “It is critical that we reach them at a young age to gauge their interest. We desperately want to hire more South Carolinians at Boeing.”
Boeing in Charleston is the only place in the world that builds the company’s 787-10 Dreamliner plane that seats up to 330 passengers. The company builds their aircrafts using carbon fiber material. Hatten shared with students that Boeing also impacts the community through non-profits. Boeing has donated more than $32 million to South Carolina non-profit organizations since 2010.
Spring Hill High School senior Daniel Freeman was amazed at everything Boeing has to offer and believes his experiences obtained through The Center’s cybersecurity and automotive programs could lead to the potential of working with Boeing someday.
“It is really neat to know a company like Boeing is pretty much in our backyard and wants to hire South Carolinians,” Freeman said. “We had the opportunity to tour their facilities last year and it is an amazing place. To know that I am about to head into college and see everything that Boeing has to offer really excites me for my future.”
District Five School Board Chairman Robert Gantt was in attendance and said moments like these are what will continue to enhance the district in the future.
“Here in District Five, our goal is to not only help our students succeed in the classroom, but to help prepare them for their futures once they graduate and move on to the real world,” Gantt said. “For our students to see first-hand what Boeing has offered to the state of South Carolina, it was an unforgettable experience and gives me great hope that one day students right here in District Five can be a part of cutting-edge technology that will change the world. And do so right here in our home state!”