Since 1946, Mohawk Valley Community College has provided opportunities for affordable education to students in the Mohawk Valley region. Founded in 1946 as the New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences at Utica, MVCC was the first community college established in New York State. As a diverse institution with a global view, MVCC also offers career, transfer and transitional education, programs for personal and cultural enrichment, and supports community and economic development.

MVCC has more than 40,000 alumni all over the world. We are proud of our alumni. Here are some of their stories:


Rick Short '81        Photo of MVCC alumnus Rick Short, Class of 1981

Rick Short, corporate associate vice president and senior director of marketing communications at Indium Corporation, is also a social activist who supports and promotes education, engagement, and modeling the way to improve the Mohawk Valley and the lives of those in it. He strives to build up others so they can achieve their full potential.


MVCC alumnus Steve SmithSteven Smith '07

Steven Smith, an art director based out of Los Angeles, specializes in creating posters and concept art for production studios in the film and video game industries for clients including Warner Bros., Universal Pictures, Focus Features, Sony Pictures, Netflix, Hulu, and Showtime. He got his start in college right here at MVCC and says the experience set him up for success at his transfer school and in his career.


Dr. Marshall JonesMVCC alumnus Dr. Marshall Jones 1962

Dr. Marshall Jones ’62 is now a General Electric engineer who holds more than 50 U.S. patents and is recognized as one of the foremost authorities in the field of laser material processing. In 2017, he was inducted into the National Inventors Hall of Fame for his pioneering work on industrial lasers, joining the ranks of innovation giants such as Nikola Tesla, Thomas Edison, and the Wright Brothers. His story is one of perseverence and and determination, as he encountered many obstacles on his path to success.


Story Archives 

Rafael Ortiz '16

Jesse Brookstein '01

Ibrahim Rosic '03

Michelle Roberts '04


Ashley Waldron '10

Mark Montgomery '98

Pawsansoe Bree '13

Vita Watson '95

Apex Auto Magazine Team

Victor Lenuzza '92

Selma Mujevic '07

Hermin Garic '13

Rosemary Fuoco '79


Adnan Huric '13

Philip Domenico '72

John Coleman '13

Karen Korotzer '89

Leon Etienne '04

Lindsey Geary '03