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National Women’s History Month Student Spotlight: Lucy Magola

March is recognized as National Women’s History Month, and at EASTERN, we are commemorating this occasion by highlighting the achievements of some of our accomplished female students. In today’s student spotlight, we introduce Lucy Magola, a junior from Abington Senior High School enrolled in EASTERN's Welding Technology program.

In tenth grade, Lucy visited EASTERN at the suggestion of her mother who wanted her to start thinking about future career paths. To her surprise, Welding Technology captured Lucy’s attention like nothing else. Despite initial concerns from her mother about the safety of welding, Lucy's passion only grew. "Mrs. Cicchino, our instructor, has a knack for breaking down complex concepts," Lucy shared. "She encourages us to practice until we're confident. My mom sees that now and is happy I have found something I can build a future on.”

When Lucy reflects on National Women's History Month, she sees it as a time to celebrate women's achievements and acknowledge their invaluable contributions to society and the workforce. "For instance, many women possess a great eye for detail and intricacies, qualities that can lead them to excel in welding," Lucy remarked. "I envision a future where everyone, regardless of background or experience, works together in all skilled trades, normalizing diversity and inclusivity."

At EASTERN, Lucy serves as a student ambassador for the Welding Technology program, dedicating her time to offering demonstrations and sharing her student perspective during recruitment events like Career Expo and Open House. These events welcome potential students and their families, as well as members of the community, to explore EASTERN's programs. As a first-year student in the program, Lucy is still exploring the myriad of opportunities within the welding field, with a particular interest in union membership. She is eyeing unions like the Iron Workers or Boilermakers, recognizing the diverse career paths they offer. "Each union has its specialties," Lucy explained. "Some focus on welding pipes in nuclear power plants, while others offer chances to work on ships. Job security is a big draw too."

Lucy is inspired by the boundless possibilities her future holds. She actively seeks opportunities to engage with professionals currently working in the welding field, eager to learn from their experiences. The prospect of substantial earnings as a welder also motivates her. Lucy believes that maintaining a positive attitude and a steadfast commitment to her craft are the keys to her success.