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Around The Table: Alaska Airlines, Boeing, Paccar, Gates Foundation

In ‘Around The Table,’ we highlight the good work our members are doing in communities throughout the state as well as industry trends and key milestones. If you wish to showcase the work of a Roundtable company, please send us any ideas or links.

Aviation Day: 1,000 kids get a behind-the-scenes look at Alaska Airlines

More than 1,000 Seattle-area youth gathered at the Alaska Airlines hangar in SeaTac May 21, to learn about careers in the aviation and aerospace industries. Each year, Aviation Day aims to show youth a path to a rewarding career in the aviation field by allowing them to interact with industry professionals. Read more.

Boeing opens $1 billion 777X Composite Wing Center

Boeing employees joined with community leaders from across the region to celebrate the grand opening of its new 777X Composite Wing Center at the Everett campus. The facility will manufacture the world’s largest composite wings for the 777X, the company’s newest commercial jetliner and sustain thousands of local jobs for decades to come. Read more.

PSBJ: Paccar gears up for the future

In a Q&A with the Puget Sound Business Journal, Paccar CEO Ron Armstrong discusses the Bellevue truck maker’s push to the cutting edge. “As the company’s customers become more energy conscious and push for fuel-efficient trucks, Paccar has responded with new technology and connected-truck systems for monitoring fleets and individual trucks. The company posted a $1.6 billion profit last year on revenue of $19.2 billion.” Read more.

‘What If …” – A letter from the CEO of the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation

Gates Foundation CEO Sue Desmond-Hellman explains the lessons learned in U.S. Education. “For too many students today, the bridge to a prosperous and fulfilling life is obstructed and uncertain. In 2015, the ACT Condition of Career and College Readiness study revealed that only 40 percent of students met three of the four college-readiness standards across English, reading, math, and science. And performance was much lower for students of color.” Read more.

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