Additionally, the company said, a portion of the new technician force will be recruited from the 6.5 million working-age Americans who have given up hope of finding jobs. Others should be from among middle, high school and college-age students who favor a less expensive two-year associate's degree, or industry skills certifications to build a pathway to a good-paying job, over the high tuition and crushing debt that can accompany a four-year degree. Women could comprise another group of future workers if the industry would extend its outreach. While the percentage of female FAA-certified airframe and powerplant (A&P) mechanics is increasing, it remains low, at 2.4%. Historically, representation by ethnic and racial minorities has been lacking, along with the demographic data necessary to track progress. AAR hopes the EAGLE effort will help spread the word of immediately available jobs in a growing field that offers job training and, in some cases, tuition reimbursement. Potential students can read the AAR paper for additional information.