McConnellsburg Woman Makes History as She Graduates


Published 12/20 2013 05:42PM

Updated 12/20 2013 09:50PM

Hagerstown, MD - A McConnellsburg woman made history Friday.

Lexie Shore is the first woman to graduate from the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics' Hagerstown campus. 

"It's a big accomplishment...It was hard to get here but I pushed through it and I'm here now, said Shore.   The 19 year-old originally wanted to be an interior designer, but changed her mind after P.I.A. made a presentation at her high school. 

"I felt like this was a growing career field," said Shore.  "Something that I could get a great career in." 

According to the Federal Aviation Administration, women represent just 2% of airplane mechanics nationwide.  Bernand Adams, Director of P.I.A.'s Hagerstown campus, said Lexie is a pioneer. 

"She is a pioneer.  She came here, other women hopefully it will excite them to come here and get into the field also," said Adams. 

The new graduate said she has accepted a job at GE in Sterling, Virginia.   11 students, including Shore, graduate from P.I.A.'s Hagerstown campus Friday.


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