MVCC Alumni Stories and Profiles

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: 


Jolene DiBrango '89 Alumna Jolene DiBrango

Jolene DiBrango '89 was the first in her family to graduate from college when she received her associate degree from MVCC in 1989, and she says her experience here is what put her on the path to becoming a middle school teacher and an advocate for education, which led her to her current role as executive vice president for the New York State United Teachers (NYSUT).  


Christopher Crolius '78 Alumnus Christopher Crolius standing in front of MVCC sign

Architect Christopher J. Crolius '78, a principal and co-founder of MARCH Associates Architects and Planners PC in Utica, plays an active role in all aspects of the firm’s operations, taking a hands-on approach to all projects, including some on MVCC's campuses. He was named the winner of MVCC’s 2019 Alumni of Merit Award.  

Jim Fiore '77 Jim Fiore

MVCC Professor Jim Fiore ’77 is somewhat of a pioneer when it comes to Open Educational Resources. Frustrated with the high costs of textbooks for college students, he makes the materials for his classes accessible online and free to download. So far, Fiore has published 12 OER titles, with more in the works.


MVCC Alumni Story Archives 

Rick Short '81

Steven Smith '07

Marshall Jones '62

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