First Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics class graduates

MYRTLE BEACH, SC (WMBF) - The first graduating class of the Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics in Myrtle Beach walked across the stage today, most of them with offers in the aviation industry already.

"Our placement department is unique in the sense that we really do try to get to know each student and we have such a good relationship with so many companies and they come on site and do interviews with the students," says Peg Jackson, the director of the school.

P.I.A. offers students the chance to become FAA-certified in Airframe and Power plant Mechanics. School officials say many of the students have taken jobs with Boeing in Charleston, and Avcraft in Horry County.

Student Ricky Lewis plans to move to Florida to work for Triumph Air Structures on June 3.

"It's like starting a new chapter, it's like starting a new book," Lewis says.

It was a bittersweet day at the school today as students said goodbye to staff, but the school is already preparing for the next round of students with classes beginning tomorrow.

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