Washington State University was featured in a King 5 news story this week for its work in addressing the state’s growing need for engineers to support aerospace and other industries.

WSU is currently constructing a new building at the Everett University Center on the campus of Everett Community College in an effort to expand its engineering program to accommodate the center’s growing fleet of programs. Last year, the Legislature appropriated $54.6 million to support construction as well as funding in the operating budget to bring new academic programs in software engineering and data analytics. Previous investments by the Legislature allowed WSU to bring programs in mechanical engineering, electrical engineering, integrated communications and hospitality business management.

The new building is part of a broader effort to increase the number of graduates in tech fields coming out of WSU in order to meet the rising demand for engineers within Washington’s aerospace and advanced manufacturing industries.

The building is expected to open in 2017.

Video of the King 5 segment can be viewed below: