Academics

SPOTLIGHT STORIES >

Adrian DeJesus, Class of '12

Master of Science in Airport Management
Bachelor of Science, Aviation Maintenance
Associate in Applied Science, Aviation Maintenance
Bronx, New York

Dreams alone guarantee little. As a child, Adrian DeJesus knew hard work was the key to a better life.

Raised in an orphanage in Guyana, in South America, he dreamed of maintaining aircraft. Of course, to do that he would need the proper training.

Enter Vaughn College.

"When I came here I was so fascinated to see all the aircraft," DeJesus says. "The first thought I had was that I would be doing hands-on work on the same planes I used to see flying over my house."

A veteran of the Guyanese Defense Forces, DeJesus came to the United States in 2004 at age 21. Sponsored for a visa by his aunt, he settled in the Bronx with nothing more than a work ethic and a vision to work on aircraft.

He enrolled in Vaughn College's associate program in aviation maintenance, then continued for a bachelor's degree. At one point, DeJesus says, he was working three jobs while taking 22 credits worth of classes.

Among those jobs was a part-time position in the College's admissions office. Through a career fair at the College, DeJesus also secured a position as a trainee maintenance technician with Delta Air Lines.

"If not for my foundation and training at Vaughn, it would have been difficult for me to be selected for the position at Delta," DeJesus says. "Life would have been very hard for me without Vaughn College."

Ultimately, DeJesus hopes to work as a safety inspector for the Federal Aviation Administration. 

He became a United States citizen in January 2010, and earned his master's degree in airport management in 2012. 

"I really want the skies to be safe," DeJesus says. "That's why I want to work for the FAA. I want to make sure the planes you fly are safe from point A to point B, and that the people who work on them are properly qualified."

View All Spotlight Stories

news

NEWS

November 22, 2014

Second Open House Draws Record Crowd

More than 260 Students in Attendance

November 21, 2014

Speakers on Campus at Vaughn Share Experience and Insights

Management Series hosts John Allen and the Honorable Chris Hart

November 15, 2014

More than 250 Prospective Students Attend Vaughn's Open House

Standing Room Only at First of Two Fall Open Houses

November 12, 2014

Arts and Sciences Professor to Hold Education Workshop

Workshop Designed to Assist High School Instructors Teaching Calculus

November 10, 2014

Vaughn College takes First Place at Fall Robotics Challenge

Crowd Gathers in Hangar to Watch Event

November 04, 2014

Vaughn College Robotics Club to Host Fall Challenge

Robotics Club to Host Challenge for Local High Schools and Colleges

View All News