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University of Alaska Fairbanks (UAF) student, Kyle H., became a full-fledged aircraft technician last year through the Alaska Airlines Maintenance Technician Development Program.
When he was 20, Kyle began working as a ramp service agent in Juneau, Alaska — but his aspirations required more. He enrolled in the UAF airframe & powerplant (A&P) program to pursue licensure, while simultaneously continuing his work as a ramp service agent, but becoming a student while employed proved to be a hard transition for Kyle.
To that end, Kyle learned about a program for aspiring aircraft mechanics that could help him with class fees while working. Encouragement from leaders inspired him to apply, and he was accepted. As the first student completing the program, Kyle received $12,300 in stipends and mentorship opportunities with a certified airframe and power plant (A&P) technician.
Now, Kyle established his role as a line aircraft technician in Anchorage, and encourages others to consider applying for the program.
“Know what you’re capable of, but don’t be afraid to push your limits. Hard work and determination will always pay off, and I’m living proof,” says Kyle.
Read more about about Kyle’s story.
Source: Marianne Lindsey, Alaska Airlines News & Stories.