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UPS looking to recruit more women into aviation fields

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UPS Aviation Maintanence employee Candice McHargue speaks to a group of Martha Layne Collins High School Students. UPS Aviation Maintanence employee Candice McHargue speaks to a group of Martha Layne Collins High School Students.

LOUISVILLE, Ky. (WDRB) -- Louisville's largest employer is looking to attract women to careers in aviation -- a field dominated by men. The Worldport hub is rolling out the red carpet trying to recruit more women into a specific part of its workforce.

Martha Layne Collins students who are already part of the school's engineering program got to see the inner workings of the maintenance hangar, an area rarely seen by the public.

"I think it's a great field and I think more girls should realize how great it is and not be scared to join it anymore," Collins junior Katelyn Rice said.

The students got to see the inner workings of the planes and learn about careers available in UPS's aviation maintenance field.

All of these students are enrolled in the school's engineering program but with a quick scan of the group, you'll see the disparity that exists in the real world: it's mostly boys.

But UPS Aviation Maintenance employee Candice McHargue is trying to change those numbers. She's the the president of the Louisville chapter of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance.

"There are very few women," McHargue pointed out. "But that's why we are here in the community. As a chapter we go out and talk to the students."

"I've always liked engineering in the math and science aspects of it," Collins HS junior Brianna Suggs said.

She and Rice are very aware they are the minority, but are encouraged by opportunities like this.

"It's interesting because now you think about all the women who do the same jobs as men its kinda weird to think about that there are still separations in the field," said Suggs.

"When they come here and they see wow I can get into aviation I didn't even know that was possible," McHargue said. 

"I think it's a great field and I think more girls should realize how great it is and not be scared to join it anymore," said Rice.

For now it's just a high school tour, but maybe it's the start of changing the stats.

"Hopefully they'll be able to see all the career opportunities available to them," McHargue said.

"I'm thinking UPS is a possibility now," Rice added.

For information on college scholarship money available for young women looking to pursue an aviation maintenance career, click here.

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