More than 250 prospective students were on campus at Vaughn College for the institution’s first open house of the fall season on Saturday, November 12. Visitors from as far as Connecticut, Massachusetts, New Hampshire and even the British Virgin Islands joined Vaughn students, faculty and staff for an introduction to the College’s programs and facilities.

“My goal is to be a professional pilot,” said Tyler Jezak of Dracut, Massachusetts. “And I think Vaughn is the place to help me on that career path.” Vaughn offers a bachelor’s degree in aircraft operations, as well as degree programs in engineering, engineering technology and management.

Following introductions from Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo and Vice President of Enrollment Services Ernie Shepelsky, visitors were shown a video highlighting some of Vaughn’s successful students and alumni, and were given tours of the campus before meeting with faculty members to learn about the academic programs.

“The open house is a fantastic opportunity for students to see what they’ll be learning at Vaughn, and who they will be studying with,” said Assistant Vice President of Enrollment Celso Alvarez. “It also allows parents to experience the small student to faculty ratio, and to learn about career service support including  internship opportunities and hiring fairs that assist students in obtaining employment.”

In the afternoon, guests attend immersive experiences that allow them to further understand the programs Vaughn has to offer. These experiences include rides in Vaughn’s flight simulators, introductory lessons in the mechatronic engineering laboratories, and a demonstration of Vaughn’s jet engine test cell.

“I love that this has been a hands-on experience,” said Renee Jezak, Tyler’s mother. “The faculty has answered all of our questions, and the academic programs are excellent. I feel very confident sending my son to learn here.”

Students are also given the opportunity to speak with admissions and financial aid representatives at the event, and if they choose to apply on-site, will have their $40 application fee waived.

Vaughn College will host its next open house event on Saturday, November 19. Register at


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Left: Prospective students meet with representatives from Vaughn’s various clubs and on-campus activities; Right: Tyler Jezak of Dracut, Massachusetts, with parents Renee and Joe at Vaughn’s Open House on Saturday, November 12.