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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