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Alumni Stories

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:

Rafael Ortiz, MVCC alumnusRafael Ortiz '16, Cybersecurity

Rafael Ortiz '16 turns hardship into hope, transfers to Ivy League school after graduating from MVCC.







MVCC alumnus Jesse Brookstein close upJesse Brookstein '01, Graphic Design

Jesse Brookstein '01 took his interests in marketing and craft brewing and opened a brewery in Colorado.








Ibrahim Rosic '03, Electrical Engineering Ibrahim Rosic

Ibrahim Rosic '03 understands the importance of a strong support system and strives to make all feel welcome at MVCC's Learning Commons.







MVCC alumna Michelle Roberts with a messenger birdMichelle Roberts '04, Graphic Design

Award-winning branding strategist Michelle Roberts realizes Hallmark dreams with Messenger Birds.