Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is a private specialized Aviation and Engineering college located adjacent to LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States.
In 1947, Charles S. ï¿½Caseyï¿½ Jones, a pioneer aviator and aviation company executive, foresaw the need for highly trained technicians to design, build and service aircraft and engines. George A. Vaughn Jr. and Lee D. Warrender joined with Casey Jones in founding the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics, the predecessor of the Academy of Aeronautics, and as of September 1986, the College of Aeronautics. Effective September 1, 2004, the Board of Regents of the State of New York approved the institution changing its name from the College of Aeronautics to Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology. Founding Mayor Fiorello Henry La Guardia laid the cornerstone of the Academy building in 1940, shortly after the opening of LaGuardia Airport. Mayor LaGuardia wanted an aviation school to teach and train young people in the Aviation technologies at his new airport. At the time, his friend and flying comrade of World War I, Charles (ï¿½Caseyï¿½) S. Jones, was operating the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics near Newark Airport. In early 1940, the mayor convinced Casey to establish a school near LaGuardia airport, across the Grand Central Parkway. It was founded by Jones, a well known racing pilot of the 1920s, George Augustus Vaughn, Jr., second ranking ace of WWI, and Lee D. Warrender, an aeronautical engineer. The Casey Jones School educated and trained 20,000 men and women who supported the nationï¿½s successful air effort during World War II. Following WW II, the Casey Jones school was consolidated with the Academy of Aeronautics, and returned to the civilian aviation industry. In the fall of 1964, the Academy of Aeronautics conferred associate in applied science degrees for the first time, and, in 1969, the Academy was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1996, the College completely revised its curriculum offering, resulting in nine new academic programs, including for the first time, the bachelor of science and an associate degree in flight.On May 5, 1998, a state-of-the-art 35,000-square-foot addition to the building complex was completed. It includes a 65-foot observation tower providing a spectacular view of the runways at LaGuardia airport. Expansion In the fall of 1964, the Academy of Aeronautics conferred associate in applied science degrees for the first time. In 1969, the Academy was accredited by the Middle States Association of Colleges and Schools. In 1996, the College completely revised its curriculum offering, resulting in nine new academic programs, including for the first time, the Bachelor of Science and an Associate's degree in flight. On May 5, 1998, a state-of-the-art 35,000-square-foot (3,300 m2) addition to the building complex was completed. It includes a 65-foot (20 m) observation tower providing a spectacular view of the runways at LaGuardia airport. In 2010 a 126-foot (38 m) mural depicting early aviation that had been painted by Aline Rhonie Hofheimer in hangar F at Roosevelt Field was transferred to Vaughn and will be displayed following renovations.
Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology is dedicated to providing a distinctive education to a diverse population of students. Our mission is to create an environment that cultivates personal growth and leadership in preparation for successful careers. Vaughn College is committed to: Maintaining a culture of excellence that is conducive to learning, which enables students, faculty and staff to achieve their fullest personal, professional and career potential. Providing students with the theoretical knowledge and practical skills they need to achieve professional success in their chosen careers, integrating technology into academic programs while emphasizing communication and analytical skills. Instilling in our students the professional and civic values that will make them outstanding contributors to society; educating students about how to be responsible citizens, whose integrity, personal values and high ethical standards will be emulated within the community. Ensuring academic excellence by recruiting and developing an outstanding faculty and instructional staff, encouraging the pursuit of research and other professional development activities that extend the body of scientific knowledge and its practical application to societal and industrial needs. Serving the industries that employ our graduates by providing an innovative curriculum responsive to changing needs, covering a broad spectrum, from leading-edge certification and training to baccalaureate aviation, management, engineering and engineering technology degree programs. Providing an administration that is responsive to the daily and long-term management issues that ensure an environment of excellence in learning. Welcoming men and women from all racial, cultural, ethnic and religious backgrounds to join our students, faculty, staff and trustees in support of the vision and mission.