The next mission to the moon is called Artemis, and it starts at the NASA Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans. Artemis is Apollo’s sister in Greek mythology and it’s the tag given to NASA’s next space mission that will bring the first woman to the lunar surface by 2024. Not long after, NASA will be launching mankind to Mars.
The Artemis spacecraft will rely on the largest, most powerful rockets ever built for its mission to the moon and the red planet. And those rockets? Well, the core stage components of the Space Launch System rocket program are being made at the Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans with Boeing, Nunez Community College, and LED FastStart playing key roles.
In the early stages of the partnership, LED FastStart and Boeing paired to create a talent pipeline of aerospace manufacturers from already qualified candidates in Louisiana. The campaign originated with a social media push, the creation of company-specific landing pages, and job fair events.
To expand the steady flow of qualified Louisiana candidates, LED FastStart looked to Nunez to train students on the specific aerospace skills Boeing needed. The LED FastStart team traveled to other schools with aerospace programs, assessing the equipment, facilities, and curriculum a successful program would require. Their findings set the stage for the Aerospace Manufacturing Technology Program at Nunez.
Forty-one graduates comprised the inaugural aerospace manufacturing class and there are currently 75 enrolled students. Importantly, the program not only provides Boeing and NASA with top-quality talent, Lockheed Martin and Northrop Grumman’s Michoud offices also benefit from the influx of skilled workers to New Orleans’ space campus.
LED FastStart continues to deliver training and recruitment expertise, material development, and marketing assets to its Michoud partners—cementing its role in helping the first woman to walk on the moon, and for continued American space exploration.
"Why would I recommend LED FastStart? They’re a very professional organization," said - Jennifer Boland-Masterson, Site Leader for Michoud Assembly Facility. "When you get to know LED FastStart, you don’t know them as 'LED FastStart'. You’re gonna know the team by their names. And every time you have questions, you pick up the phone or you see them, and they’re there answering those questions or concerns. You actually build a partnership. This isn’t ‘hey, I’m checking the box—I’ve talked to you, you might get a return call from me, you might not.’ They’re with you every step of the way."