Vaughn College welcomed back the University of West Indies on Tuesday, June 21 and hosted graduate students from the island of Trinidad and Tobago. Twenty-one total students participated in the summer international internship program and during their time in New York worked on cultural knowledge of the United States, professional knowledge of the US National Airspace and management strategies of airlines and airports.
The objective of the international program is to introduce students from Trinidad and Tobago to higher traffic United States terminals to supplement their education. The University of West Indies is now offering security operations, aviation law and ethics in their curriculum.
During the program, students visited Westchester County Airport and received guest lectures from Oswin Moore, Vaughn trustee and president and chief executive officer of AvPORTS, Stephen Ferguson, assistant airport manager at Westchester County Airport and Derek Colbert, wildlife biologist, United States Department of Agriculture. The itinerary also included tours of the JetBlue terminals at John F. Kennedy International and LaGuardia Airports. The “Aviation in the Caribbean Region” panel discussion covered the airline industry, airport development, regulatory issues and their impact on the aviation industry.
“This is an opportunity of a lifetime for these students,” said Wendy Francette-Williams, chief executive officer of Grenada Airports Authority. “Thanks to the program, students return home with exposure to business models of airport planning, and international management strategies.”