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MVCC awarded $5,000 from Berkshire Bank to support Young Entrepreneurs Academy

Jun 15, 2017

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MVCC awarded $5,000 from Berkshire Bank to support Young Entrepreneurs Academy

On June 15, the Mohawk Valley Community College Foundation, Inc., received a $5,000 check from Berkshire Bank to support the College’s Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) program.

Jennifer Hunt, commercial administrative assistant, and Matthew Nicholl, vice president of business banking, from Berkshire Bank presented the check to Frank B. DuRoss, vice president for community development and executive director of the MVCC Foundation, Deanna L. Ferro-Aurience, director of development, Susan Lincoln, YEA! program coordinator, and Kristen Skobla, director of Community and Workforce Development.

The funding will support MVCC’s YEA! program, an innovative afterschool program that takes students in grades six through 12 through the process of starting and running their own real businesses. Students work in close cooperation with local business leaders, community members, and educators to develop ideas and goals, write business plans, pitch to potential investors, obtain funding, develop their brand identity, and more. The program’s ultimate goal is to help students embrace their passion, energy, creativity, and talents, launch a venture, and develop a stronger and more diverse small business community in the region.

“The Young Entrepreneurs Academy is an outstanding program to develop the next generation of business leaders in our region,” DuRoss said. “In the past five years, we’ve helped dozens of the Mohawk Valley’s young people to create and launch their own businesses in industries ranging from technology to fashion to local foods and more. Just last month we graduated our YEA! Class of 2017 and provided start-up funding to help them launch 13 brand new businesses in the community.”

For more information about or to register for the YEA! program, please call 315-792-5300 or visit mvcc.edu/cced. Office hours are from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday. All MVCC non-credit instruction is completely self-supporting, including indirect costs, and requires no public funding.

For more information:
Center for Corporate & Community Education
Academic Building Room 154
315-792-5300