Vaughn College Partners with Delta Air Lines to Meet Demand for Aviation Maintenance Professionals

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Program will link Vaughn students with working professionals and give them hands-on experience with operating procedures and tools.

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Delta Air Lines has announced a strategic partnership with Vaughn College to enhance the aviation maintenance training and opportunities for the College’s Aviation Training Institute (ATI) students. The program will link Vaughn students with working professionals and will give them experience with real-time operating procedures and tools. At the completion of the program, Vaughn students will be ready to enter various highly-specialized positions in aviation maintenance operations.

The ATI offers a Federal Aviation Administration (FAA)-approved program that prepares graduates for the FAA’s Airframe and Powerplant (A&P) exams. FAA-certified technicians are responsible for maintaining aircraft and making sure that they are ready to fly. Students are able to complete the program in as few as 16 months, obtain their A&P certificates and enter a field with great growth and income potential.

Boeing’s 2017 market outlook predicts a need for more than 640,000 aviation technicians worldwide between 2017 and 2036, due to industry growth, the retirement of the current workforce and advances in aviation technology. In an effort to meet that demand, Delta has partnered with Vaughn College and 40 other institutions around the United States to train students in all aspects of aviation maintenance, from basic repairs to more complex processes.

“The ATI provides our students with a strong base knowledge of what they’ll be doing when they enter the workforce,” said Domenic Proscia, vice president of training at Vaughn. “Delta’s partnership provides our students a deeper understanding of how these machines operate and hands-on experience that ensures they’ll know how to keep them running smoothly.”

“This partnership is going to be a great enhancement for our students, in terms of their education and their career prospects,” said Fredrick Parham, associate director of the Aviation Training Institute. “Delta’s program is going to provide Vaughn students with cutting-edge tools and experiences that will set them apart and put them on a path toward continued professional growth.”

Vaughn College has a long-standing reputation for student success. Ninety-seven percent of Vaughn graduates are employed or continuing their education within one year, 82 percent in their field of study. In 2017, Vaughn was named number one in upward mobility in a study published by The New York Times and was the best at moving students from the bottom 40 percent to the top 40 percent in income and demonstrated the power of a Vaughn degree.

Founded in 1932, Vaughn College is a private, four-year college that enrolls more than 1,500 students in master’s, bachelor’s and associate degree programs in engineering, technology, management and aviation on its main campus in New York City and online. The student-faculty ratio of 14 to 1 ensures a highly personalized learning environment. Ninety-eight percent of Vaughn College graduates are placed in professional positions or choose to continue their education within one year of graduation. They work in 20 countries and all 50 states. The institution serves many first-generation college students and is recognized by the US Department of Education as a Hispanic-Serving Institution. For more information, visit

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