Vaughn College of Aeronautics and Technology (formerly known as the College of Aeronautics, previously the Academy of Aeronautics and founded as the Casey Jones School of Aeronautics) is a private specialized aviation and engineering college located adjacent to LaGuardia Airport in East Elmhurst, Queens, New York, United States. It was founded in Newark, New Jersey in 1932, and moved to New York City in 1940. The college's most recent name change, to honor a founder, was on September 1, 2004.
The Aviation Training Institute at Vaughn offers the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) Airframe and Power plant maintenance certificate. Vaughn is the only college in New York to offer the engineering program Mechatronics, developed at MIT. It is believed that Vaughn College has strong relations with aerospace industries like Northrop Grumman and Lockheed Martin. Vaughn College has an enrollment of almost 1500 students, and offers bachelor's and associate degree programs in Engineering, Engineering Technology, management, and Aviation. The college offers a master's degree in Airport Management. A large new classroom & administration building was completed in 1998, and the college’s first residence hall with a capacity of 200 beds, was completed in 2007.
Vaughn provides learning opportunities inside and outside the classroom. From clubs and activities to internships, site visits and more, students have an opportunity to build a resume while attending college. Vaughn's smaller size enables faculty to remain engaged in the intellectual development of their students, and its active alumni network and location in the heart of the New York metropolitan area provide ample opportunities for internships and post-graduate employment. Nearly 93 per cent of graduates are employed within six months of graduation.