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‘Space Gal’ touches down in WV to launch project for young women interested in aviation


Aerospace engineer and TV personality Emily Calandrelli stopped by Yeager Airport in Charleston Friday for a special project featuring West Virginia women in aviation. The Morgantown native interviewed the airport’s assistant airport director and chief operating officer Dominique Ranieri about her career in the field and how young women can get into the industry.

The project, titled “The Future is You,” is planned to air in the fall on West Virginia Public Broadcasting. It will also appear on social media, including Calandrelli’s highly followed personal pages.

“It’s really just to highlight women in aviation throughout the state, but also highlight the training and education available here in the state and the jobs and opportunities available in the state after you get that training,” Calandrelli said of the project, which is a collaboration between WVPB and the West Virginia Department of Education.

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