Teaching and Learning Center


At Vaughn, we want to do all we can to make your first year here–and your entire college experience–a successful one. To help achieve this goal, we recently opened a comprehensive Teaching and Learning Center (TLC) in the center of our campus.

In addition to serving as home to such academic support services, here you’ll find a quiet place to study… a welcoming environment where you can collaborate with faculty or fellow students, and an open door when you need some extra help. Come to the TLC for:

  • Peer Tutoring is the extra support you may need during your academic tenure at Vaughn. Whether it is assistance with one concept or difficulty throughout the semester, peer tutors who are upper-class students and who have successfully passed the course in which you are experiencing difficulty are available in the TLC Monday through Friday 8 a.m. to 7 p.m. and Saturdays 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
  • Study Space, where individuals and small groups can go to work on group projects, or cram for that all-important exam.
  • Student Advisement Center is the place where you will go to register for courses and throughout the semester when you need guidance about your degree program.
  • Writing Lab is where you can build your writing skills with help from Vaughn faculty, student tutors and professional authors who share their thoughts, ideas and tips.

Just about whatever you need to succeed, you’ll find it at Vaughn.


The following programs are housed within the center:


Academic Resource Center (ARC)

The Academic Resource Center (ARC) offers a variety of services, including peer tutoring, computer tutorials, audio/video aides, reference textbooks, English as a Second Language (ESL), and a quiet study area. These services help students improve academic performance and supplement their education. All Vaughn College students are encouraged to take advantage of the support services available at the ARC in our Teaching and Learning Center.

Assessment Center

The Assessment Center handles the testing and placement of all incoming students in cooperation with our Admissions office. Appointments for taking the Accuplacer test for English and math course placements are made through academic support services.

Aviation Outreach Program (AOP)

This program aims to increase the number of prepared students that enter college and improve participation and performance, specifically in mathematics, science and technology. Community involvement, networking and outreach are a vital part of the program.

Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP)

Vaughn participates in the New York State Education Department’s Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP). The HEOP program at Vaughn is jointly supported by the College and the New York State Education Department. This program has been designed for educationally and economically disadvantaged New York state residents who otherwise might not be able to attend college. HEOP provides several academic and financial support services to assist students. These services include the summer immersion program, tutorial services, counseling services and financial assistance. To find out more, email HEOP@vaughn.edu or call 1.866.6VAUGHN, ext. 160.

Peer Tutoring Program

Vaughn students who need tutoring in various subjects have the option of turning to their peers for extra help. Peer tutors work with their fellow students on a one-to-one basis at a mutually convenient time. Periodic meetings are held between the student and the director of the ARC to track the student’s progress and the overall effectiveness of the tutorial program.

Quick Start Pre-Freshmen Summer Immersion Program

This is an intensive, six-week summer program to introduce pre-freshmen to fundamental math, science, technical and aviation-related concepts.

Student Advisement Center (SAC)

An integral part of the academic support services at Vaughn, the Center is committed to fostering a SMART (Standardized Method of Advising, Retaining and Training) driven environment that will enable our student body to flourish academically, personally and professionally. The SAC is designed to provide students with practical solutions, from the point of admission to graduation, for achieving academic success and maintaining matriculation.

Upward Bound Program

Upward Bound is a federal TRIO program funded by the US Department of Education, which is distributed to institutions through competitive grants. TRIO programs help students overcome social and cultural barriers to higher education. Upward Bound serves disadvantaged, first-generation and low-income high school students and is designed to motivate high school students and help them gain important skills necessary for success beyond high school. This program encourages and addresses the needs required to successfully complete high school and post-secondary education. Upward Bound is the type of program that will provide academic, social and cultural experiences during the high school years, which will greatly increase the probability of students enrolling in college and graduating from college.


Members of the faculty and staff conduct mini-lectures (workshop formats) geared towards the student and college life throughout the academic year. These lectures are not a part of the general curriculum. They cover topics such as studying effectively and time management.

Writing Lab

Build your writing skills with help from Vaughn faculty, student tutors and professional authors who share their thoughts, ideas and tips. Learn research techniques, attend workshops on a variety of writing topics, or get some help editing a paper or essay.