MVCC Alumni Stories

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

Alumnus of Merit Troy Little ’96 Image of Troy Little, closeup, smiling

Retired New York State Trooper Troy Little has capably guided MVCC’s Law Enforcement programs through nearly a decade of redesigns and occasionally tumultuous changes in the world of policing — a role he says is the culmination of a lifelong dedication to serving his community. And his proactive work has put the College's Law Enforcement programs at the head of the class. "We were a little bit ahead of the curve with dealing with some of the issues when it comes to equity, racial justice, and diversity, because that’s just part of what’s key to me."

Taryn Rackmyer ’18, ’19 Image of Taryn Rackmyer

Taryn Rackmyer came to MVCC as a first-generation college student with no real expectations of what life would look like after she earned her degree. “I certainly would never have imagined I’d have my dream job at 22 years old,” says Rackmyer, who is now working as a budget analyst for the New York State Senate. “I really can't say enough good things about MVCC. The applied learning experiences I participated in gave me the tools and connections to launch a successful early career that followed me to Albany.”

Kofi Antwi ’10 Image of Kofi Antwi

Kofi Antwi ’10 is a writer, poet, and educator who teaches English in the Syracuse School District and at Utica University. His debut poetry book, “Tidal Wave,” was published by Kattywompus Press in 2020 and is still getting a lot of attention and praise. Antwi also does frequent reading events for his poems, many of which are inspired by his Ghanaian heritage, his experiences growing up in Brooklyn and Staten Island, Black identity, and hope. 

Sharon M. Kaelin '92 Image of Sharon M. Kaelin

As part of MVCC's 75th anniversary celebration, alumni were invited to enter an essay contest expressing how MVCC has impacted their lives. We were thrilled to hear from Sharon M. Kaelin '92, who shared her experience as an adult learner in her contest-winning essay. "MVCC really stepped up to make the transition as easy as possible," she wrote. "The teachers, counselors, and staff all went the extra mile. I found that I really enjoyed learning." Click here to read her story.

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