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MVCC WORKS

MVCC works is a set of innovative programs and partnerships to support positive community change. With community in its name, MVCC takes its role as a community hub seriously.

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Challenges

Workforce demands are growing more intense and complex. Oneida County’s economic development priorities include the proposed $480 million hospital in downtown Utica, the emergence of the Unoccupied Aerial Systems, continued growth of the cybersecurity sector anchored by the Air Force Research Lab, and the growing needs of the advanced manufacturing sector. There is a need to build a workforce pipeline that creates competitive advantage and programs that align with workforce needs.

 

Solutions

  • PTECH – Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) is a strategic partnership with OHM-BOCES and local employers that offers an integrated high school and college curriculum.
  • Upward Bound – A federally funded educational opportunity outreach program in partnership with Utica City School District and T.R. Proctor High School for students from underrepresented populations in grades 9-12.
  • GearUp – Utica GearUp is a federally funded partnership between MVCC and other local organizations that provides supports for high school students.
  • The Science Technology Entry Program (STEP) serves students in grades 7-12 that are under-represented by encouraging them to consider careers in STEM fields and health and licensed professions.
  • Math Corps – Designed to enhance mentorship, enthusiasm for, and understanding of mathematics concepts in youth.
  • The SUNY Apprenticeship Program helps identify particular workforce needs and skills gaps to be filled through the registered apprenticeship program, and discuss how employers can become sponsors. This program blends work and classroom experience, creating a career path for young men and women throughout New York State.
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Challenges

The Mohawk Valley Region is home to several underserved populations. Homeless shelters for women and children are almost non-existent; more than 2,500 individuals are released from a correctional facility each year; hundreds of military veterans return to the area; several non-profits provide services to a growing population of individuals with developmental disabilities – all of whom are in need of additional education and training.

 

Solutions

  • College-Community-Connection (C3) – The C3 program is an on-campus access point to community based services and resources for low-income students in need of wrap-around services and resources.
  • Educational Opportunity Center (EOC) – YouthBuild – The EOC is located in the heart of Utica as a community outreach facility that provides ESL and TASC programs, as well as housing the YouthBuild program that provides carpentry and life skills to out out of school youth ages 18 – 24.
  • Adult Literacy Education (ALE) grant – MVCC provides an English for Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL) program that focuses on improving the English skillls of its participants while also developing employment skills that will benefit students professionally and socially.
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Challenges

The Mohawk Valley region ranks last in the nation for the total amount of venture capital and annually ranks in the bottom tier for the number of new business startups. As of 2014, no visible elements of a support ecosystem for startups were evident in the region. There are more than 6,000 small businesses in the Mohawk Valley, covering a vast spectrum of firms from neighborhood coffee shops and homegrown construction businesses to specialized tech firms and nonprofit service providers.

 

Solutions

  • thINC – MVCC’s thINCubator is the hub of the new business startup ecosystem in the region. The thINCubator has served over 70 companies since its launch in 2013, supporting students and community members in developing and launching new ventures to revitalize the local small-business community.
  • YEA! - The Young Entrepreneurs Academy (YEA!) takes local students in grades six through twelve through the process of starting and running real businesses over the course an academic year.
  • Commercialization Academy – MVCC is a key partner in the Commercialization Academy competition, which works with entrepreneurs to tap into available technology patents, concepts, and intellectual property.
  • Downtown Challenge – MVCC is a key partner in the local Community Foundation’s Downtown Startup Challenge, an annual contest awarding funding to entrepreneur teams with an innovative business concept to revitalize the downtown areas of Utica and Rome.
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Challenges

With student debt at an all-time high, everyone is concerned about whether time and money spent on education translates to improved outcomes. Data on outcomes of specific demographics and programs has become a dominant theme in the community college sector. Our goal is to continue supporting such efforts, using data to help tie the knowledge and skills to improve career trajectories and to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for all students.

 

Solutions

Mohawk Valley Community College attracts a very diverse set of students in terms of age, race and ethnicity, ability, and career aspirations, preparing them to further their education and achieve their professional dreams.

MVCC offers degrees, certificates, and non-credit training in a variety of fields that cover high-demand and emerging workforce sectors like Healthcare, Nano/Mechatronics, Unoccupied Aerial Systems (UAS-Drones), Cybersecurity, The Advanced Institute for Manufacturing (AIM), and Data Analytics as well as the skilled trades that support our community infrastructure.

The College, which spans two campuses - one in Utica and another in Rome - offers 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full and part-time students. MVCC also serves another 6,000 people through its corporate and community education programs, and its campuses welcome more than 50,000 people annually for community events.

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Challenges

According to Census figures, the number of people who identify themselves as Asian, black, mixed race and Native American all increased between 2000 and 2010. Additionally, the arrival of a large number of immigrants since the 1990s has shifted the region’s demographics. According to the Mohawk Valley Resource Center for Refugees, one quarter of Utica's population is represented by refugee families, with over 20% of the population over the age of 5 speaking a native language other than English.

 

Solutions

  • Diversity and Global View (DGV) – To raise student awareness of the increasingly diverse and globalized environment, all students must fulfill the Diversity and Global View requirements for graduation.
  • Cultural Series – Bringing world-class lectures, concerts, comedy, theatre, and more to the entire community, serving over 8,000 guests annually, enriching the college and the greater community.
  • Community Meetings and Events – MVCC hosts and coordinates meetings and events for more than 60 different community groups, with an approximate annual attendance figure of more than 40,000 people.
  • Center for Leadership Excellence – MVCC and Leadership Mohawk Valley have joined forces to develop the Center for Leadership Excellence (CLE) and address the region’s need for effective, equipped, and engaged community leaders. CLE will develop a robust community reservoir of talent and expertise that can effectively address public challenges.
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