Wallace State Fast Track program helps student’s dream take flight

Yancey York (Photo courtesy of WSCC)

HANCEVILLE, Ala. — When Yancey York graduated from Wallace State in 2013 with an associate in applied science in flight technology, it was about a week before she graduated from Cullman Christian School. As a Fast Track student at Wallace State from 20122014, she was able to earn both college and high school credit.  

“It really put me ahead of the typical timeline that college takes,” she said. “I was able to pursue my career a step ahead of the same people my age. 

“The most rewarding thing about attending Wallace would have to be the fact that I graduated with my associate degree about one week prior to graduating high school,” she added. “I definitely felt accomplished at the time. But since then, my education that started at Wallace has allowed me to progress through my career toward my dream job.” 

Since graduating from Wallace State, York has gone on to earn a bachelor’s degree in aeronautical science from Rocky Mountain College in Billings, Montana, and is now a regional Airline Captain for PSA Airlines, a whollyowned subsidiary of American Airlines. She is based out of Charlotte, North Carolina, and flies CRJ 700 and 900 aircraft. Two other Wallace State Flight Technology alumni, Aaron Mathis and Tanner Cail, also fly for PSA.  

York still lives in Cullman. She commutes each week to North Carolina to start her work trips.  

“Each trip is usually 3-4 days long,” she said. “In my off time, I enjoy helping out on the family farm, spending time on Smith Lake with friends, my family and my black lab, Echo. My family and I also enjoy taking trips to much warmer places to go scuba diving in the summer months. In the colder months, we visit Montana and Texas to quail and pheasant hunt.” 

This is one in a series of spotlights and events featured in April as Wallace State celebrates national Community College Month. Visit www.wscccalumni.org/ccmonth21 for more information.