Wagstaff, a Friend to Spokane Valley CTE
The primary industry functions of Spokane-based Wagstaff, Inc. are to enable aluminum producers to transform molten aluminum into solid shapes. And they’ve become a successful international leader on how to do it and how to do it well, with a focus on innovation, technology and customer service.
But being a leader in their industry isn’t all that Wagstaff is known for. They’re a good company to work for, being identified in 2016 and 2017 as one of the Best Places to Work Inland Northwest. This was followed by the 2018 Association of Washington Business recognition as Employer of the Year.
Locally, Wagstaff is a contributor to many social programs and community action efforts. Worth special acknowledgment is their support for education; in particular Career and Technical Education. In Spokane Valley, Wagstaff releases several employees to participate on area program advisory committees. They collaborate with Greater Spokane Incorporated to host Business After School and Teaching the Teachers interactive events for students and instructors. Wagstaff has donated equipment to related programs in our schools. An event on the horizon is a summer Manufacturing & Engineering Careers Academy that will be developed cooperatively with the school districts but facilitated at Wagstaff.
A mid-December announcement by CEO Kevin Person and Wade Larson, Director of HR recognizes the importance of the manufacturing/engineering foundations that are built at the middle school level. To assist with the development of that foundation, a monetary donation was made to each middle school in the Spokane Valley that supports this initiative. This money is earmarked specifically for manufacturing, engineering or robotics supplies and materials.
The following schools received $1,000:
Bowdish Middle School
Centennial Middle School
East Valley Middle School
Evergreen Middle School
Freeman Middle School
Greenacres Middle School
Horizon Middle School
North Pines Middle School
The following schools received $500:
West Valley City School
Continuous Curriculum School
It is requested that instructors keep track of how the money is used and take photos of the students utilizing the items (i.e. students in action). If this proves to be a successful initiative, Wagstaff will commit to this support on an annual basis.
Wagstaff is truly a community partner and friend of CTE!