- Associated Press - Sunday, January 17, 2016

LYNDON, Vt. (AP) - The New England Board of Higher Education is honoring Lyndon State College’s program in atmospheric sciences.

The program will receive the Vermont State Merit Award at a ceremony March 4 in Boston.

Each year the board gives out state merit awards to honor innovative work or organizations, institutions or individuals in each New England state. It also presents regional excellence awards to people and organizations that have shown exceptional leadership in higher education and the advancement of educational opportunity.

“We are very proud of this award,” Lyndon President Joe Bertolino said. “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 pick concentrations in broadcasting, national weather service/military, private industry, and climate change. More than 90 percent of atmospheric science sciences students complete an internship or some form of work experience before graduating, the college said. Student meteorologists forecast from the on-campus TV studio and others do research at NASA on land surface characteristics or forecast at National Weather Service offices, the school said.

LSC said it produces sought-after meteorologists with graduates working in more than a quarter of all US television markets.

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