More than 175 prospective students and their families filled Vaughn College’s hangar for the College’s second spring open house event on Saturday, April 8. The open house is a day filled with exciting hands-on experiences and informative introductions to the College’s offerings in the fields of engineering, technology, management and aviation. More than 330 students attended the combined spring events.

The morning began with a welcome from Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo, who highlighted the achievements of current Vaughn students and the College’s track record of student achievement, including the recent study published in The New York Times that recognized Vaughn as having the highest upward mobility rate among 2,137 colleges in the US.

“We feel that you’ll find this is a campus that is very invested in your success,” said DeVivo.

Guests were then led to academic sessions that laid out Vaughn’s degree programs, raffles for a free flight lesson and a $1,000 scholarship, and hands-on experiences that give guests a deeper understanding of Vaughn’s next generation approach to education. Students and their families could also spend time with admissions and financial aid counselors, and were welcome to apply to the College, having their application fee waived as guests of the event.

Vaughn College’s focus on student success allows graduates to enter the workforce at a time when industries are experiencing exciting growth. Aviation giant Boeing forecasts a need for 1.5 million pilots and technicians by 2035. In addition, Vaughn’s mechatronic engineering bachelor’s degree program, one of only four ABET-accredited programs in the nation, combines the fields of mechanical, electrical and computer engineering into one immersive degree, allowing graduates an added advantage when applying for jobs.

It’s no wonder that 98 percent of Vaughn graduates are employed or continuing their education within one year of graduation, 81 percent in their field of study.

“The goal of the open house is to show prospective students how Vaughn can prepare them for that next chapter in their lives,” said Celso Alvarez, associate vice president of enrollment. “This event marks the first step in the journey to their first class, their first internship and ultimately, a successful career.”

Vaughn College will host its next open house events in the fall. Information on the College’s offerings is always available on the website, at






Left to right: Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo welcomes prospective students to Vaughn’s open house; Paolo Adragna ’18, left, instructs a guest during the aviation department’s immersive flight simulator experience; Associate Professor Dr. Shouling He, left, introduces students and their families to the mechatronic engineering program.