The sudden drop in temperature didn’t stop more than 220 prospective students and their families from shuffling into the William R. DeCota Hangar at Vaughn College for its first fall open house session on Saturday, November 9. Students who visited heard about Vaughn’s futureproof degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation.

The day began with welcome remarks from Vaughn College President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo and Associate Vice President of Enrollment Celso Alvarez. The attendees were introduced to the College’s various academic programs, the student’s on-campus experience and further highlighted Vaughn’s Futureproof Guarantee.

“Vaughn is so confident in the value of the education we provide that if an eligible student is not employed full-time in their field of study, or continuing their education one year after graduating, the College will reimburse up to one year of federal, direct undergraduate student loan payments,” said Alvarez. More information about the Vaughn College Guarantee is available here:

Students and their families were given in-depth presentations on the degree offerings and met with faculty from the diverse academic programs. The groups toured the campus, residence hall and library in addition to visiting Vaughn’s flight and air traffic control simulator labs.

“I learned a lot of new information about airport management and air traffic control that I wasn’t aware of before,” said Jessica Wills of Downingtown, PA. “Speaking to a working air traffic controller at Vaughn shed a lot of light on the job and I’m even more excited about starting the program now.”

“It’s nice to see that Vaughn works to help students succeed,” said Jessica’s father Bill. “It feels like everybody at Vaughn is here to ensure that the students do well.”

Student representatives from professional organizations, clubs, and athletic teams at the College were available to meet with attendees and discuss campus life from the current student’s perspective.

After touring and learning more about Vaughn’s academics and offerings, prospective students and their families were invited to meet with admissions and financial aid representatives to help them to complete or better understand the application process. Workshops were set in place to help navigate attendees to address their inquiries. Furthermore, students who applied at the open house were able to have their application fee waived.

Vaughn will host its next open house on Saturday, November 16. To sign up for the next fall open house session, visit!

Celso Alvarez, associate vice president of enrollment, welcomes students and their families to Vaughn’s fall open house on Saturday, November 9.


Jessica Wills, center, traveled from Downingtown, PA with parents Beverly and Bill to learn more about Vaughn’s offerings in airport management and air traffic control.