Daniel Webster College in New Hampshire has announced it is
ending its flight training program, and is not accepting any new
students. College President Nadine Dowling said that the schools
Aviation Management and ATC curricula will continue to be
The 92 students currently enrolled will be allowed to complete
the program, according to New Hampshire television station WMUR.
Those who had enrolled for next fall have been notified of the
Dowling said that the decision was entirely financial. She said
the program was expensive to maintain, and that the ROI to the
college after graduation was low. She said the college had
discussed ending the flight instruction program before the
struggling school was bought by ITT last year.
The New Hampshire Union Leader reports that many students
immediately began contacting other schools to inquire about
transferring to other programs. Greg Poulin, 19, of Manchester,
summed up the situation by saying "Nobody wants a diploma from a
school that doesn't exist."
Other students expressed concern that the instructors for the
program would immediately begin searching for new positions,
leaving the school without enough qualified instructors. "(W)e know
they can't just sit around here twiddling their thumbs. They have
to take care of themselves and their families," said DWC student