I moved from Brazil in 1995. I came on a tourist visa to Cape Cod and stayed in the hopes of being able to obtain a college degree and my pilot training, and oh yes, of learning English.! I went to Cape Cod Tech for some English lessons and that is where I learned about CCCC. I started at CCCC in 1995, taking first computer courses and English composition. I worked while I was in school.
My first job on the Cape was as a dishwasher at Pate's Restaurant, Chatham, the place that made it possible for me to obtain my "green card" and USA citizenship. By 1996, I was also taking flying lessons at Chatham Airport.
In 1999, I completed the associate’s degree in Liberal Arts with a concentration in math and physics. I learned about a prestigious aviation university, Embry-Riddle, through my 4Cs' physics professor and in 2000 I was accepted and transferred to their campus in Daytona Beach, FL.
I continued to work full time at a restaurant in Daytona while going to school full time, and trying to save money for flight training. I was able to finish the Private Pilot license off campus but would have to complete the remaining flight training on campus in order to graduate with an Aeronautical Science degree. The cost of flight training was even higher at the University so I had to change my major to Aviation/Applied Meteorology.
I graduated in 2003 with a 3.6 GPA. I also obtained my Aircraft Dispatcher’s license from Embry-Riddle. That same year, I came back to the Cape to work at Cape Air as a dispatcher. I also did odd jobs, landscaping and construction, but mostly cleaning jobs.
Only a few years later, in 2005, I was able to go back to a flight school in White Plains, NY to finish my Instrument and Commercial Pilot training. Meanwhile I became the Systems Operations Control supervisor at Cape Air. I also obtained my Multi-Engine training at Cape Air. I merged to the flight department to become a first officer. I successfully completed the first upgrade training to become a Freight Cargo Captain. Unfortunately I did not pass my last upgrade training and was dismissed towards the end of 2007.
Through the cleaning jobs, I was able to save up enough to finish the most important pilot license: the Airline Transport Pilot, ATP, in Northampton, MA, in the beginning of 2008. During ATP training, I used to go the library at 4Cs to study. I have always found 4Cs a very comforting place. The school reminds me of a fortress, offering a sense of safety and security. Also, in spite of the major career set back (having lost my job at Cape Air), 4Cs reminded me of how far I had already come. In 2009 I went back to 4Cs to take Italian.
During this this time, there were not many pilot jobs in the USA, so in 2010 I went through more flight training to convert my pilot licenses to the Brazilian equivalent so that I would qualify to fly in Brazil. And that same year, I got a job with a major Brazilian airline, TAM Airlines (now LATAM Airlines).
I met my second husband, who is also a pilot, at Cape Air. We got married in 2012 and he was commuting from the USA to Brazil. We have a toddler son named Samuel. For other reasons and to end my husband's long commute, we decided to move back to the USA. I got a job as a pilot for Endeavor Air.
As I look back at my college years and compare my Embry-Riddle and CCCC experiences, I realize that both schools have offered me an exceptional education, but the latter for a fraction of the cost. Whether or not you know where you want to get professionally, 4Cs is an excellent place to start your journey.