Vaughn’s Open House Highlights Advantages of A Futureproof Education

Aviation Department Chair Dr. Pete Russo discusses Vaughn College’s offerings with prospective students and their families.

On the second of Vaughn College’s fall open house, more than 230 prospective students and their families came to campus to hear about Vaughn’s futureproof offerings and guarantee. The day began in the William R. DeCota hangar where Celso Alvarez, assistant vice president of enrollment welcomed the crowd and gave a preview of what the day would hold.

Next in line was Vaughn’s President Dr. Sharon B. DeVivo who highlighted the College’s vision of providing a transformational education that creates a lifetime of opportunity for every student and explained Vaughn’s guarantee.

Vaughn College Technology Department Chair Dr. Hossein Rahemi discusses Vaughn College’s offerings with prospective students and their families.

“Vaughn is so confident that we prepare our students for employment, that if a student is unemployed one year after an active job search in their field, Vaughn will reimburse eligible students for one year of their federal Direct undergraduate loan payments.”

Attendees were shown a video highlighting student accomplishments gained through internships at top companies like Rolls Royce and NASA that often led to employment offers before graduation. Groups were then broken up to go on campus tours and hear from the engineering, technology, management and aviation departments about the program offerings at Vaughn and what they could expect on their academic journey at the College. Club and activities representatives were also on hand to answer questions about life at Vaughn and admissions and financial aid representatives were available to answer questions about enrollment.

“Today is all about exploring and finding out if Vaughn is the right fit for you,” said DeVivo. “Spend the time to talk to professors and students who are enrolled here to help you make your decision.”


Amanda Camacho, a student from Glendale attended the open house because she is interested in the aeronautical design aspects of mechanical engineering. She was impressed that Vaughn had many engineering resources and state-of-the-art laboratories that the City University of New York (CUNY) and New York City College of Technology (City Tech) don’t have. Her mother, Donna Oliva was impressed with the College as well and really liked the fact that students are leaving with job offers prior to gradation.

According to Camacho, “I love that fact that Vaughn is local; I won’t have to go to another state to the get the education I’m seeking. This is a place I can see myself growing and becoming a professional.”


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