PRESS RELEASE:  For Immediate Release

May 23, 2014 (Myrtle Beach, SC) – PIA is proud to announce that the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs has approved the Myrtle Beach campus to receive VA benefits.

Veterans interested in PIA’s Myrtle Beach campus can now utilize the various benefits received from their service to support an education in aviation maintenance. Campus Director Peg Jackson believes this will serve as a great opportunity for local veterans.

“We’re excited for the Myrtle Beach campus to be an avenue for local veterans interested in a quality, hands-on education,” Jackson said.

PIA’s Myrtle Beach instructors have years of industry experience and many have served in the military.  The PIA curriculum provides Veterans with transferrable skills  which are highly sought after in the aviation and non-aviation field.  Veterans can graduate from the campus in 16 months or less with the necessary certifications, skills and placement support to not only enter the civilian workforce, but succeed in it.

PIA offers placement opportunities for students and alumni in both the aviation industry and related fields. Veteran job placement remains strong throughout PIA’s four campuses with 95.83% of veterans receiving jobs within 94 days of graduation in 2013. Graduates of the Myrtle Beach campus are employed throughout the eastern United States.

The school serves to address a nationwide shortage of FAA-Certified aircraft technicians, while providing a homegrown skilled workforce to attract aviation employers to the region.

Public tours of the facility are available upon request.

About Pittsburgh Institute of Aeronautics

The school was opened by Glenn Curtiss and Orville Wright in 1927 as Curtiss-Wright Flying Service, and became PIA in 1929. It offers “hands-on” training for traditional and non- traditional students in Aviation Maintenance and Aviation Electronics Technologies. The instructional staff combines their real world experience with class room instruction for an outstanding education. PIA also provides a wide range of student services while the student is in school, and after graduation.  The Placement Department works one on one with the students to reach their employment goals. PIA is often the first stop for many employers looking for quality employees.

PIA offers an Associate in Specialized Technology Degree at its West Mifflin, PA location and Diploma programs in Youngstown, OH, Hagerstown, MD, and Myrtle Beach, SC.  There is open enrollment through the year accompanied with admissions requirements. For more information, call 1-800-444-1440, or

Watch our PIA Program Video to learn more about the Pittsburgh Insititute of Aeronautics.




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