Erica Parini of Sandwich, Mass., one of the first graduates from the Cape Cod Community College (CCCC) Aviation Maintenance Technology program has been named one of the best of the best in Massachusetts’ Public Higher Education, one of the “29 Who Shine” for 2018, and was honored in ceremonies at the State House in May. She received her Associate of Applied Science degree in Aviation Maintenance during CCCC’s Commencement Ceremonies in May as well.
John Cox, CCCC president, and Aviation Maintenance Technology faculty member Robert Nelson joined in praising Parini at the Commonwealth’s annual event that recognizes graduates from each Massachusetts higher education campus. Governor Charlie Baker, education leaders, and legislators, gathered with faculty, students and families at the base of the Grand Staircase at the Massachusetts State House for the afternoon ceremonies.
“I am extremely proud to see Erica’s academic as well as technical program excellence recognized, along with her strong leadership ability and links within her discipline and industry. She completed a very intense airframe and power plant educational and training program with straight “A’s” and will complete her Associate of Applied Science Degree with the same outstanding academic achievement. She is an excellent example of the best within Massachusetts Higher Education,” noted President Cox in comments about the recognition.
Parini recognized her mentor, AMT Program faculty member Robert “Bob” Nelson, saying, “He has always had every ounce of confidence that I will do nothing but the best. He has always pushed me to do more, and better, and not doubt myself…Bob, with his wealth of knowledge, experience, his passion and devotion to teach, and his advice, and his connections, it is apparent as a student, Bob puts his heart and aviation soul into giving us all the information he can to help us along the way.”
Parini was selected from among a number of outstanding CCCC nominees, based on very specific criteria established by the Massachusetts Department of Higher Education.