On Point for College

Services provided by On Point for College include:

  1. Access – helping students to enroll in college, apply for financial aid, and prepare to begin college;
  2. Success – helping students to stay in college, including providing support with transferring colleges and accesses on and off campus resources;
  3. Career Services – helping students and graduates prepare to transition to meaningful careers that leverage their skills and educations through internships, networking opportunities, job fairs, resume and cover letter coaching, and more.

On Point for College alumni include doctors, lawyers, police officers, firefighters, photojournalists, television producers, teachers, accountants, actors, non-profit directors, On Point for College employees, nurses, and more!

The majority of On Point for College students are:

  • First-generation college students (over 90%)
  • Low-income students whose families believe college is financially impossible
  • High school graduates or GED recipients who didn’t go to college immediately out of school and now have no access to the guidance and support services available to current students
  • Young adults who have no parent in their lives (30% of our students), including those who are homeless, aging out of foster care, and refugees
  • Adults who have been involved with the court system, who are in recovery, or who are seeking a new path

With On Point’s support, our students are beating the national average for freshman-to-sophomore-year persistence rates—not just for low-income students, but for all students.

Child Care

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA)

  • Head Start: Helps to create healthy development in low-income children ages 3 to 5. Programs offer a wide variety of services that depend on a child's and each family's heritage and experience to influence all aspects of a child's development and learning.
  • Early Head Start: Promotes healthy prenatal outcomes, promotes healthy family functioning, and strengthens the development of infants and toddlers beginning as young as newborn infants.

Cornell Cooperative Extension Child Care Council

  • The Child Care Council helps to connect parents with New York State-regulated child care programs in Herkimer, Madison, and Oneida counties. Additionally, the Council offers information on child care subsidies including through the Department of Social Services (DSS), Women and Children (WIC), and for child development, discipline, early intervention, etc.  

Neighborhood Center

  • Provides licensed care for children 6 weeks to 12 years old.

Thea Bowman House

  • Provides licensed care for children 18 months through 12 years old, including an afterschool program for teens ages 13 to 16 and wraparound daycare.


  • Early Childhood Direction Center: Provides information pertaining to services and programs for children from birth to age 5 with special needs or suspected developmental delays.

Senior Programs

Mohawk Valley Community Action Agency (MVCAA)

  • Foster Grandparents Program: Program is open to people ages 55 and older to act as mentors, tutors, and caregivers for at-risk children and youth with special needs.

Office for Aging and Continuing Care

  • Support services for seniors and their families


  • Adult and senior services including day services, in-home independent and direct care, and family support services

Mohawk Valley Health System

  • Senior Network Health: Alternative to traditional nursing home care