Dual Enrollment led Fuller to lucrative career in aviation

 

To look at Brentin Fuller, with her beautiful smile, flowing hair and manicured nails, you would never guess she’s an airplane mechanic.

 

However, the graduate of Pleasant Home School in Andalusia earned her A&P (airframe and power plant certification) by participating in the school’s dual enrollment program from 10th through 12th grade. She is now one of a small number of women working in a field where starting salaries range between $30,000 - $50,000 per year.

 

Fuller graduated in May 2012 with a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) certified Airframe and Power plant license and begin working the following month as an A&P mechanic at L3 Communications in Greenville, Texas.

 

“Dual enrollment is a great opportunity for high school students,” says Fuller, who earned 45 college credit hours at Enterprise State Community College (ESCC) before she graduated high school. While enrolled at ESCC, Fuller also earned a softball scholarship and was a starting pitcher during the 2011-2012 season.

 

Fuller, who is used to juggling multiple priorities, has since managed to complete the requirements for an associate degree in Applied Science while working 40-70 hour weeks. She also plans to pursue a Bachelor of Science in Aviation Maintenance through Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University.

 

“I feel extremely blessed to have the opportunity to work for a great company like L3 Communications,” Fuller says. She credits her aviation instructor, Michael Barton, with being a great role model and encouraging her to pursue a career in aviation mechanics.

 

Fuller said both her parents work in the avionics field. “They are in Troy at Sikorsky where they work on helicopters,” she says. “So, they were very supportive.”

 

When a class field trip to Ozark stirred her curiosity about the field, she began exploring the idea of becoming a mechanic. “I thought it was pretty cool,” she says. “I want to do something with my life. I want to go somewhere. I thought this field would let me do that.”

 

 

 

Brentin Fuller has taken advantage of a dual enrollment opportunity and plans to be college-certified in A&P when she graduates high school.

Stephanie Nelson/Star-News

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