All-woman team to represent South Seattle Community College at Aerospace Maintenance Competition

January 10, 2014 at 11:07 am | In Puget Ridge, West Seattle news, West Seattle schools | 8 Comments

For the first time ever, South Seattle Community College (WSB sponsor) is sending a team to the national Aerospace Maintenance Competition,coming up in Las Vegas this March. The team’s members are all women, points out CrystalRose Hudelson, who thinks it’s particularly exciting as interest in STEM studies and professions grows among women and girls:

Hudelson spoke with us at the team’s first meeting on Thursday. She is vice president and founder of the SSCC chapter of the Association for Women in Aviation Maintenance; her teammates are Jennifer Lesher, Melissa Wang, Sarah McKenna, and Agnes Choung, and their coach is SSCC instructor Mary Hadley – Hudelson says they’re all donating their time and energy to make this happen. The school’s two-year Aviation Maintenance Technology program has more than a half-century of history – read about it here – and it’s hoped this will attract more female students, who currently comprise four percent of the project’s 200+ enrollment.

The Vegas competition, by the way, isn’t just for students – it includes professional categories too, and features 16 scheduled events, each allotting up to 20 minutes for completion. We’ll check back with the SSCC team as the competition draws closer!


  1. Thank you for coming yesterday!

    Comment by SSCC AWAM — 11:33 am January 10, 2014 #

  2. How cool! Go SSCC!

    Comment by ScubaFrog — 1:12 pm January 10, 2014 #

  3. This is awesome! Particularly as the father of a young daughter, I am always happy to see examples of girls and women succeeding in STEM fields!

    Comment by Ben — 1:28 pm January 10, 2014 #

  4. This is really great!
    An all-women team to represent SSCC in such a traditionally male occupation. I know you will do the school proud and be an inspiration to so many. There will be many proud Washingtonians in your corner. Good luck and good wrenching to you all.

    An alum.

    Comment by Thugbee — 3:36 pm January 10, 2014 #

  5. Way to go, Crystal!!

    Comment by Monica Lundberg — 4:12 pm January 10, 2014 #

  6. Very cool. Very encouraging. Good Luck!

    Comment by Del Martini — 4:29 pm January 10, 2014 #

  7. Brava! Go SSCC!

    Comment by LivesInWS — 3:27 pm January 11, 2014 #


    Comment by CrystalRose Hudelson — 8:38 pm January 18, 2014 #

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