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Plymouth Aero Club Honors CCCC AMT Student Erica Parini with a $2,000 Scholarship

As she prepares to complete the full Aviation Maintenance Technology training program at Cape Cod Community College’s Aviation Center at the Plymouth Municipal Airport, Erica Parini of Sandwich has another $2,000 to help further her education.  The Plymouth Aero Club honored Parini at their annual Scholarship Dinner, Monday October 23, 2017.

The Sandwich resident is a top student in the program and completes the full airframe and power plant maintenance and repair training sequence on Friday October, 27, 2017 and after earning her FAA Certifications, begins part-time work for Cape Air at their Hyannis airport site while she continues her studies at CCCC’s West Barnstable campus to earn her Associate of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance.

Erica Parini and President Cox holding a checkAt the dinner, CCCC President John Cox gratefully thanked the Club for supporting the College’s new aviation maintenance program, and noted the vibrant feeling being felt throughout the entire Plymouth area. The enthusiasm being shown by those within the aviation community and those not affiliated has been extremely gratifying to the College, he noted, adding that the program is gaining significant national attention for extremely gifted and experienced faculty, its state-of-the-art facility, and the quality of its graduates.

The Plymouth flying club’s Scholarship Chair, Robert Marchese of Plymouth, repeatedly noted that the Club was seeing applicants that seemed to get better and better every year. “We’re supporting the best of the best,” he stated a number of times, adding that, “applications are coming in from such highly qualified and motivated students. It is getting more difficult to choose.” Speaking specifically about Erica, he added, “You will be impressed with her accomplishments; she’s just outstanding.”

Erica’s interest in aviation came naturally living right next door to the military airbase on the Cape.

“What better place to see and feel the thunder of the low flying planes, then from my own second story window? I remember attending air shows and seeing The Blue Angels, and The Thunderbirds. That was amazing, impacting my interest and passion for aviation. I love working outside, and working with my hands, putting things together. I have a strong curiosity for how things work and how to make them work again especially when it comes to mechanics. My career goal is to become an Airframe & Powerplant Technician. As soon as I obtain my A & P License, I plan to enroll in my last 3 classes- Physics, Calculus and Microcomputer Applications Software, to obtain my Associates of Applied Science Degree in Aviation Maintenance Technology. To fulfill my life-long dream, I also plan to obtain my private pilot license,” she explained.

Club members at the annual dinner made it a point to talk with Erica and express their pleasure that a woman had been chosen for the scholarship award this year. A common thread to their comments was, “The aviation industry needs more female role models and is a great career path for women.”

Erica working on an engine