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MVCC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education receives CEANY awards

Nov 20, 2018

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MVCC’s Center for Corporate and Community Education receives CEANY awards

Mohawk Valley Community College’s Center for Corporate and Community Education, which provides lifelong learning and professional training to 7,900 people in the surrounding region every year, received several awards from the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) at its annual conference in early November.

MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner won the award for Outstanding Continuing Educator. This award recognizes an individual who has made exemplary contributions to the general field of continuing education on a state, national, or international level. The focus of this recognition is on contributions of a general nature that extend beyond CEANY activities.

“Having the support of our president has been instrumental in increasing the impact of our work in this region,” said Franca Armstrong, associate vice president of Workforce Development and dean of the Rome Campus at MVCC. “We’ve been able to greatly expand our offerings to the community through leisure learning, camps for kids and teens, and professional development training in large part to his dedication to our commitment to being this community’s college.”

The CCED team as a whole won the Exemplary Marketing Program Award for their work in using data analytics to better market their programs to local consumers. Over the past few years, CCED has looked at data to increase enrollment. The award recognizes innovative and effective programming and marketing activities that contribute to the field of adult and continuing education. Each award winner reflects three themes: Innovation, Quality and Effectiveness, and Contribution to Adult or Continuing Education.

Michelle Truett, who has taught classes as part of MVCC’s Young Entrepreneur’s Academy (YEA!) program since 2012, won the Outstanding Continuing Education Instructor award for making exemplary contributions in support of teaching continuing education students and programs.

MVCC student Tonya Smith won the Region East Charles Burns Outstanding Adult Student Award for achieving excellence by demonstrating persistence, drive, and success in overcoming obstacles to achieve her educational goals. Regional winners also receive a $1,000 scholarship. Smith is a veteran and is the only female in MVCC’s Remotely Piloted Aircraft Systems degree program.

“Tonya has shown enormous growth since the day she enrolled, never letting obstacles derail her from completing her degree,” said Rosemarie Pastorella, student veteran specialist in MVCC’s Veterans Education Services. “Her determination to thrive in a non-traditional occupation is to be commended.”



  1. MVCC President Randall VanWagoner and Coordinator of Adult Learner Services Janet Visalli present Tonya Smith with a $1,000 scholarship check for her CEANY award.
  2. MVCC President Randall VanWagoner accepts his CEANY award.
  3. Michelle Truett, instructor in MVCC's Young Entrepreneur's Academy! program, accepts her CEANY away.



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