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Student Transition and Resource Training Program (START)

Tamara Mariotti and student meeting

MVCC's Summer START program will be held on four different dates;

August  14, or 23, 2018 on the Utica Campus

To view the START Brochure


The Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) START program is tailored for students with learning differences who experience difficulty with organization, attention, time management, and prioritizing tasks. At MVCC, we recognize challenges at the college level arise not from a lack of academic abilities, but because of individual differences in independence, work load, and self-management required in a college environment.

This one-day workshop, free of charge offers a unique opportunity for students to begin their freshman year with increased confidence and self-awareness.

Why Start?

The START program offers a unique experience for first time college students. Participants will not only begin their freshman year with increased confidence and self-awareness but are better equipped to persist through their respective academic program.

Additionally, this workshop offers parents a dedicated session to learning more about MVCC Office of Accessibility Resources as well as community resources.

START Program Participants focus on these areas:

  • Studying Techniques
  • Taking Notes
  • Advocacy Skills
  • Memory Recall
  • Utilizing Resources/Asking for Help
  • Time Management/Organization
  • Student Services specific to Students with Disabilities
  • Assistive Technology and Applications

Assistive Technology at MVCC

Assistive technology is any type of device or software which makes the learning process equally accessible to those with disability. Some assistive technologies include:

  • Screen Readers
  • Voice recorders
  • Applications (smart phone/tablet apps)
  • Alternate format text

Who Should Apply for START?

START is geared to accommodate those with learning differences which impact social or academic areas. Learning differences include reading/writing comprehension, processing, AD/HD, or ASD. Students with a documented disability who fall under either of the categories below are encouraged to apply:

  • Students who are accepted and/or planning to attend MVCC in the fall 2018 or Spring 2019 semester
  • Students entering 12th grade who are college bound

Please fill out the required START application below and mail, fax, or email it by July 31st, 2018.  There is limited space so please consider submitting it at your earliest convenience.  For questions please call the MVCC Office of Accessibility Resources at 315-792-5644

Click on Link for Application here: START Application 2018


2018's START program will be held August 14, or 23, 2018 at MVCC, Utica Campus.

Complete the START program application,

Mail it to:
Mohawk Valley Community College
Office of Accessibility Resources
1101 Sherman Drive
Utica, NY 13501

Fax to: 315-731-5868

Attach it in an email to:



ADA/504 Coordinator
Jimsak Daoreuang, Director of Accessibility Resources
Phone: 315-731-5813

Utica Campus
Office of Accessibility Resources
Daniel Boggs, Testing Accommodations Specialist
Payne Hall Room 104H
Phone: 315-792-5644
Learning, Autism & ADHD Disabilities:
Katelyn DiCastro, Transition Support Specialist
Phone: 315-792-5413
Other Disabilities:
Tamara Mariotti, Coordinator of Accessibility Resources
Phone: 315-731-5702
Rome Campus
Student Services Office
Plumley Complex 102G
Phone: 315-334-7709

Michelle Luvisi
College Services Associate -
Disability Support
Phone: 315- 334-7744