Prospective Students Gather at the First Fall 2018 Open House at Vaughn College
On Saturday, November 10 more than 270 prospective students and their families filled the William R. DeCota hangar for the first of its fall open house sessions. The day was crisp and bright, the perfect climate to hear from College representatives about the forecast for a futureproof education at Vaughn College.
The program began with a welcome from Celso Alvarez, assistant vice president of enrollment who recognized the veterans in the audience, noted Vaughn’s US News rankings as a top college for veterans and a top regional north college for the ninth year in a row. He also thanked the parents in the audience for supporting their children on their academic journey.
President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo spoke next about internship opportunities with various industry partners, the high employment placement rate for Vaughn graduates, and the Vaughn Guarantee—the repayment of one year of federal Direct undergraduate student loan payments if eligible students have not found employment one year after graduating.
After the introductory session the attendees went to academic sessions to learn about offerings in aircraft operations, air traffic control, engineering, airport management and more. Following the sessions guests returned to the hangar to learn about campus life offerings including student clubs and organizations, financial aid, the admissions process and participate in a scholarship raffle.
Kent Ramnarace Singh brought his son from Trinidad to the open house. Ramnarace Singh had participated in Vaughn’s annual summer international internship program with the University of West Indies on aviation management in 2012 and had fond memories of the College. “I loved the facilities, the lectures and the instructors at Vaughn and thought it would be a good institution for my son Kyle to attend,” he said. Kyle agreed, was accepted to the College and will be starting the aviation maintenance program in January 2019.
Left to right: Kavesh, Kyle and Kent Ramnarace Singh toured the campus and aviation maintenance laboratories at Vaughn.