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Rome Futures Academy launched

Leaders of the City of Rome, the Rome Community Foundation, Rome City School District, and Mohawk Valley Community College today announced the launch of the new Rome Futures Academy summer program, an initiative to help incoming ninth-graders prepare for success in Rome schools on their way to college readiness.

The Rome Futures Academy is free for participating students, whose skills may have been sufficient to pass middle school but will not meet the requirements of high school, and will give priority to serving students from low-income families. Participating students will attend a four-week summer camp in the mornings, Mondays – Thursdays, July 16 – Aug. 9, at MVCC’s Rome campus. Students can choose from two career tracks, health care or information technology, with a special focus on career development and literacy. The hands-on program features fun projects, activities, and field trips that will help students explore their chosen career track.

“The partnerships that support this program will provide students with a meaningful experience that makes learning relevant and fun by showcasing career opportunities here in the Mohawk Valley,” says Randall J. VanWagoner, Ph.D., president of Mohawk Valley Community College.

The Rome Futures Academy is designed to help participating students build self-esteem and self-confidence; improve reading, writing, and communications skills; develop problem-solving and critical thinking abilities; enhance their computer learning; find out about jobs and learn more about specific career paths; understand the link between school and future employment; learn more about education, training, employment, and life choices; and work as a team with peers and share responsibilities. Transportation is provided. Students should check with their guidance counselors to see if they are eligible.

The project builds upon Rome’s long-standing connections with MVCC as the college’s top dual credit partner and the school district that produces more MVCC Presidential Scholars than any other school district in Oneida County.

“The MVCC Rome Futures Academy is a shining example of how schools and community colleges can partner to ensure high school students graduate ready for college or careers,” says Rome City School District Superintendent Jeffrey P. Simons.

“The Rome Futures Academy is another outstanding program geared toward providing students with some academic help in literacy, goal-setting, and emergent thinking regarding possible future careers in health care and information technology,” says Richard E. Quest, Ed.D, dean of MVCC’s Rome campus. “Providing students with an opportunity to explore careers that are available, lucrative, and local is the foundation of creating a knowledgeable, contributing citizenry that fits with the mission and vision of Mohawk Valley Community College and its educational and business community partners.”

The Academy is an alliance among MVCC, the Rome schools and other partners. It is made possible by a significant grant from the Rome Community Foundation. The investment in Rome-area students is part of MVCC’s $7 million Challenge and Opportunity major gifts campaign.

“The Rome Community Foundation is very pleased to provide financial support for the implementation of MVCC’s Rome Futures Academy,” says David C. Grow, president of the Rome Community Foundation. “We applaud Mohawk Valley Community College for developing this innovative plan, which not only seeks to address the literacy needs of Rome area youth, but also will help them develop career interests, particularly in the fields of healthcare and information technology.”

For more information about the Rome Futures Academy or to register, contact MVCC at 315-792-5300 or visit