Gov. Jay Inslee addresses engineers at conference inside Lynnwood Convention Center

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Gov. Jay Inslee made an appearance at the Lynnwood Convention Center Thursday during the Aerospace Futures Alliance 2017 Governor’s Aerospace Summit.

During the summit, Inslee highlighted some of the efforts Washington state is making and has made to benefit aerospace, including the work of companies like SpaceX and Blue Origin, both based in Washington, in advancing space exploration. He also mentioned programs that are helping integrate military veterans into the work force.

However, he said the one issue he has received the most bipartisan support on in his time as governor has been creating programs for young adults who wish to pursue other career paths than college.

“We need to stop telling our kids that they are failures if they do not pursue a four-year degree,” Inslee said. He added that he will be going to Switzerland this fall to examine successful apprenticeship programs there and see how he may bring them here.

Inslee exited the conference to a standing ovation.

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