Are you looking for a fun and exciting way to spend your summer while preparing for a successful college career? Vaughn College is excited to announce a new six-week “Propel Forward Summer Institute” where students will learn to fly drones and prepare for a successful college experience in engineering and technology, management or aviation. You can even earn college credit and have a blast doing it. And the best part—the program is totally free!

About the program

The program was created to introduce high school students to drone technology and remote pilot operation while also providing extra support in mathematical skills to help them get on course for college success. Plus, it’s a great opportunity to explore the possibilities of a futureproof career in engineering and technology, management or aviation—all in a fun, engaging, in-person setting on Vaughn College’s campus in New York City. Please note that COVID-19 vaccination is strongly recommended in order to fully participate in the program.

Propelling your future to new heights

A career in engineering and technology, management or aviation can take your future to new heights. And what better time to start preparing for an exciting future than by spending this summer at Vaughn? You’ll experience college life on our state-of-the-art campus, which is steeped in aviation history and designed with the very best hands-on technology. Here’s a snapshot of what you’ll experience:

  • The program centers on drone technology, remote pilot operation and college-readiness skills with some brushing up on your math skills—which is an important part of being successful in any career.
  • Learn from top professors who have real-world experience in their fields, which will give you the inside track on career outlooks, industry know-how, current trends and the skills required for success in the field.

Your daily schedule

From Mondays through Thursdays, students will take their required classes, which will prepare them for a high-flying experience on Fridays. Students can return home on weekends. Here’s what you can expect:

Monday through Thursday—8 a.m. to 3 p.m. (academic classes)

Students will meet for breakfast at 8 a.m. All students will be taking the Drone Laws and Remote Pilot Certification course and one of three math courses offered to assist their career aspirations and to help them succeed in college. Evening activities will take place in Vaughn’s residence hall.

Friday—9 a.m. to 2 p.m. (activities day)

Students will meet for breakfast at 9 a.m. Then, let the fun begin! Students will practice flying drones, compete with fellow classmates and prepare for the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) exam. They will engage in instructional and fun activities that are centered on social skills, study habits and college life.

What you need to know

Who can attend?

Rising high school seniors and recent graduates who are 16 years of age or older.

Where is it located?

The program will be held on the Vaughn College campus, located in Flushing, New York. Students will stay in Vaughn’s residence hall for FREE Monday through Friday (meals included) and return home on weekends.

When does it happen?

The six-week program begins on Monday, July 12 and runs through Friday, August 20.

What is the cost?

All costs are covered!

Why is the program free?

Programs like this are funded by the Cares Act, along with grants from the United States Department of Education which have a goal of helping students whose education was impacted by the pandemic.

When is the deadline to register?

The registration deadline is July 2. Space is limited. Register today!

Signing up is easy! Here what you need to do:

  1. Show us how this program gets you excited about college and your future in aeronautics by posting a 30-45 second video on Facebook or Instagram that’s tagged @vaughncollege. Tell us all about why you want to be a part of Vaughn’s “Propel Forward Summer Institute.”
  2. Submit your application HERE. You can also send an email to if you have any additional questions.

This summer program can set you on a fast-track towards attending college and graduating with not only a degree, but a career in your field. We are so confident that you’ll achieve success and graduate with a futureproof career that we actually guarantee it.