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Second class graduates from PIA's aviation maintenance training school

January 23, 2013
  • Eight students graduated from PIA Hagerstown on Dec. 22. From left, Russell Horner, Donald Wright, Shane Hope, Dustin Long, Tyler Yoder, Donovan Bricker, Sean Ashton and Joshua Williamson.
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After 16 months of aviation maintenance training, the second group of students to attend PIA’s Hagerstown branch campus graduated Dec. 22.

The ceremony took place in the terminal at Hagerstown Regional Airport.

Eight students graduated with a diploma in aviation maintenance technology.

The students are now equipped with the FAA Airframe and Power Plant Certificate, which qualifies them to work in the aviation maintenance industry.

The placement rate for PIA graduates remains strong with more than 91 percent of students being placed within 37 days of graduation from PIA’s main campus in Pittsburgh and the Youngstown, Ohio, branch campus. The average salary for graduates exceeds $36,000 per year for a less than two-year education.

PIA graduates receive one-on-one placement.

More than 50 percent of the students who graduated from PIA-Hagerstown on Aug. 17 have been placed in the field. The graduates are employed at Sierra Nevada, Lockheed Martin, Haverfield Helicopter, Norfolk Southern, Cape Air and Republic Airlines.

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In its first year and a half, the Hagerstown campus has enrolled students from Virginia, Delaware, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, West Virginia and Maryland.

Students not only receive technical instruction in welding, sheet metal, electronics and airframe, but also enjoy part-time job opportunities from local employers. PIA Hagerstown has partnered with FED EX GROUND and Manpower to assist students with part-time job opportunities, making job hunting easier.

In  addition, students living in Allegany, Garrett and Washington counties can receive a grant of up to $4,500 for the fourth semester from the Western Maryland Consortium for tuition expenses.

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