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UVA Celebrates 1st Woman to Graduate with Plastering Certification

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The University of Virginia is celebrating the first woman ever to graduate with a certification in plastering Wednesday.

UVA Facilities Management held an awards ceremony Wednesday morning to honor all 14 graduates of its apprenticeship program. The program trains plumbers, electricians, HVAC specialists, and also offers a plastering certification.

Daisy DeJesus says the program is difficult and demanding, but she's happy to bring more female representation into the field.

"After eight hours of working just like doing a demo job and then have to go to class for four hours and not fall asleep, that's pretty hard, but I'm glad I did it, and I just can't wait to see what happens next,” said DeJesus.

Upon completion, the program offers graduates full-time employment at UVA. The program is 32 years old, and of its 152 graduates, 109 of them are still employed there.

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