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Austin Theriot

We would like to introduce you to Austin Theriot. Austin visited the St. Martin Parish, Acadiana Workforce Solutions Career Center in August of 2019 for assistance with paying for Aviation Technician Training. Austin received maximum allowable funding for a Tech grant but required further assistance. He received a career match, labor market information, tuition assistance and support from his career coach to obtain his certification and license to become an Aviation Mechanic.

Theriot started Aviation Training in the Fall of 2019. Although he was eligible as an Adult in the Spring of 2020, due to the Pandemic he had to adjust to virtual on-line classes for his second semester, and his six-semester training was extended to eight semesters due to the Pandemic and the lack of teaching staff. He completed his training in May 2022.

He then began the process of becoming certified through the US Department of Transportation. It consisted of four parts with the last segment location in Texas. This process took over a year to complete and Theriot was required to pass four certification tests to achieve his final certification. Theriot maintained a 4.0 grade point average throughout the three years he was in school.

Theriot received his final certification for aviation maintenance technician, A&P (Airframe and Powerplant) license on September 18, 2023. At the age of 23 he will begin a new job at Arrow Aviation on Monday October 9th.  He feels that he was able to achieve one of his life goals with the assistance he received by visiting the St. Martin Parish Acadiana Workforce Solutions Career Center.