Landing a career in a field that offers job security, transferability and longevity in a top-trending market is every student’s dream, and the very essence of being futureproof. Vaughn College has captured this notion by providing students the education and opportunity of today, so they can engage in the careers of tomorrow.

What it means to be futureproof

As one of the country’s premier aviation institutions, Vaughn graduates have a competitive edge to obtain jobs in the industry’s hottest markets. Vaughn’s career placement rate speaks for itself―with an impressive 97 percent of the College’s graduates securing jobs, 82 percent of those in a related field or continuing their education within one year.

Futureproof careers at Vaughn

Here is a snapshot of Vaughn’s academic programs and a peek into some futureproof careers the College has to offer:

Pilot or flight instructor

The worldwide pilot shortage is projected to reach crisis levels, with the industry seeking approximately 117,000 new pilots over the next 20 years and a staggering 637,000 new pilots worldwide, according to the Boeing Pilot Outlook. This astounding statistic literally positions Vaughn aviation graduates in “the pilot’s seat,” as pilots and flight instructors will be in high demand for the next 20 years and beyond.

Mechanical engineer

The new age of manufacturing and technology is keeping engineers in high demand within a realm of industries. According to U.S. News and World Report, mechanical engineers rank second among the best engineering jobs, with the need of over 14,000 new positions to be filled over the next six years. The engineering and technology programs at Vaughn offer a range of studies that are laser-focused on today’s most sought-after careers. Students seeking a bachelor’s degree in engineering can chose among three programs: electrical engineering, mechanical engineering and mechatronic engineering—which encompasses the three disciplines of computer programming, electrical engineering and mechanical engineering. For students geared more toward technology, Vaughn offers four bachelor’s degree programs in the fields of engineering and technology, including mechanical engineering technology (aeronautical), mechanical engineering technology, computer-aided design (CAD), electronic engineering technology (avionics) and electronic engineering technology (general electronics). In addition, Vaughn offers three associate degree programs in the engineering technology field, including aeronautical engineering technology, animation and digital technologies, and electronic engineering technology avionics.

Airport management

Conveniently adjacent to New York’s LaGuardia Airport, Vaughn provides an unsurpassed learning environment for airport management students. The airport management degree program prepares students for the various functional areas of aviation and business management. These include airport management, airport operations, aviation regulations, environmental issues, economics, accounting, finance, public relations and planning. For students who are looking to further their education, Vaughn offers a unique master’s degree program to take their airport management degree to the next level.

Aircraft technician

As air travel remains―at unprecedented levels―the preferred method of transportation, the demand for aircraft technicians continues to skyrocket. Boeing forecasts the industry will need as many as 679,000 new technicians worldwide by 2035 to maintain and repair aircraft, making this a strong, futureproof career. Graduates of Vaughn’s Aviation Training Institute (ATI) have landed rewarding careers with major commercial and cargo airlines, as well as The Port Authority of New York and New Jersey and the Metropolitan Transit Authority, among other well-known companies.

The careers of tomorrow begin today

It’s never too late to become futureproof. Vaughn College opens doors to the future by providing students the opportunity to reach their goals and fulfill their dreams.

Sending your child off to college is one of life’s most memorable moments. Helping them choose the right college, however, can be a challenging decision.

College tours play a major role in the decision process when selecting the best college for your child. Physically walking the campus, touring the buildings and speaking to administration and faculty representatives can give students and parents a true feel for the college.

We realize you may not be able to visit every college on your list, so we’ve put together some helpful information to help you narrow your choices and decide which colleges to check out and which questions to ask once you’re there.

Let’s start with some tips for a successful college tour:

Plan early:

Students, get a head start by touring colleges in your sophomore or junior years in high college. Transfer students should plan on touring colleges at least one semester prior to applying. The earlier the better.

Schedule a tour:

Many colleges have set times for tours and prefer that you make appointments ahead of time. Call the colleges you plan on visiting and schedule a tour date and time with them before you arrive.

Plan your trip:

Most college visits require a road trip, so map out the best routes to take and book accommodations early. Hotels fill up quickly during college tour dates. If you’re considering out-of-state colleges, it’s a good idea to plan family vacations in or near those locations to make the most of your time and resources.

Entrance essays:

If your choice colleges require an entrance essay, choose your topic and begin drafting it early. This will give you plenty of time to streamline your writing and craft a powerful essay.

Talk to students and other parents:

You just might get your best feedback from talking to students (and their parents) who are already attending the college. Ask them questions like, “Why did you choose this college?” and “What do you like and not like about it?” These students can be your best resource.

Tour the residence halls and explore off-campus housing:

Most college tours include a sneak peek into the residence halls. Don’t be shocked when you see the small living spaces. Campus living may be your first taste of independence, so embrace it by making it your home away from home. Although freshmen are encouraged to live on the campus, it’s always a good idea to ask about any additional housing options associated with the college.

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