The Atmospheric Sciences program at Lyndon State College will be awarded the 2016 New England Board of Higher Education (NEBHE) Vermont State Merit Award at an award ceremony March 4 in Boston.
“We are very proud of this award,” said Lyndon President Joe Bertolino. “LSC’s atmospheric sciences program has evolved to be one of the top programs in the nation. This award speaks to the caliber of the program’s students, faculty, and alumni as well as the excellence of the program itself.”
Students choose among concentrations in broadcasting, national weather service/military, private industry, and climate change. The rigorous and modern curriculum makes Lyndon State a leader in New England and around the country in undergraduate meteorology/atmospheric sciences education.
Experiential learning is a tenant of a Lyndon education, and atmospheric sciences students exemplify that, with more than 90% completing an internship or some form of work experience prior to graduation. Student meteorologists forecast from the on-campus TV studio for Lyndon’s award-winning journalism program. Others perform research at NASA on land surface characteristics or forecast at many of the National Weather Service (NWS) Offices.
The Atmospheric Sciences program has consistently produced some of the most sought-after meteorologists in the country, with Lyndon graduates working in more than 25% of all United States TV markets. Today, the majority of Lyndon graduates are hired as TV Meteorologists or as meteorologists/scientists in the private industry. It is estimated that on any given day of the year, nearly 30% of the US public may receive a weather forecast from a Lyndon alum.
Lyndon Atmospheric Sciences students have pursued advanced degrees at over twenty different graduate schools, including Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Colorado State University. They have been employed at over twenty different private companies, from Applied Weather Technology to Weather Services International.
Each year, NEBHE presents Regional Excellence Awards to individuals and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership on behalf of higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity, and State Merit Awards to honor the innovative work of organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state.
Since 1955, the New England Board of Higher Education has promoted greater educational opportunities for the residents of New England. Their core functions include programs and services focused on cost savings and affordability and college access and success. They also provide policy leadership on key issues related to education and promote dialogue, research and analysis, and best practices related to education and the New England economy.