Students Plan To Transfer To Other Schools
The end of the flight operations program at Daniel Webster
College in New Hampshire may be a cause for sadness, but it might
not have seemed that way Friday night when more than 40 students of
the soon-to-be-history flight training program got together for a
candlelight vigil at the program's home.
The students who gathered at the Nicholas N. Tamposi Aviation
Center reportedly were laughing as they tried to keep their candles
lit, and shouted out the types of planes taking of and landing
Still, students are unhappy the program is ending. “The
flight program is the backbone of our college,” said
sophomore Travis Fitzgerald. “Aviation is a part of our
heritage. It’s part of who we are. This college was our home,
and the sad thing is, we didn’t get a say about
anything,” he told the Nashua Telegraph.
The vigil was organized by Fitzgerald, who is in the school's
Homeland Security Program, along with Aviation Management student
While somewhat lighthearted, the vigil was also seen as a
protest against the schools new owners, ITT Educational Services,
about how the decision to close the flight training program was
Other protests are planned. Students were reportedly organizing
through Facebook to picket a campus visit by candidates for a
permanent replacement to interim president Nadine Dowling,
accompanied by ITT president Kevin Modany. Some students say they
will stay with DWC, though, because of the atmosphere afforded by
the close-knit college community.
While Dowling has said the other aviation programs at the school
would be continuing, one student's parents who contacted the school
to inquire about switching to aviation management was reportedly
told that program was also no longer accepting new students. That
has left many questions about the future of any of the aviation
programs at Daniel Webster College.
Many of the students are considering transferring to other
flight operations programs around the country.