Immediate Release

Thursday, October 25, 2007 

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Picente Given Special Award by MVCC Alumni

Mohawk Valley Community College President Randall VanWagoner, along with members of the MVCC Alumni Association, presented Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., with an award today, honoring Picente’s achievement as the first MVCC graduate to serve as Oneida County Executive. The ceremony took place at the County Executive ’s Office in Utica .

            “Honoring our County Executive is not only important and appropriate for all that he has accomplished, but is also symbolic of what is possible for anyone who graduates from MVCC,” said Dr. Randall J. VanWagoner, President.  “Our college is centered on the mission of offering choice, opportunity and hope to all who desire a college education.”

Picente, a 1984 graduate who majored in criminal justice, said he appreciated the college’s honor. “ Mohawk Valley Community College fills a very important niche in this region,” Picente said. “For students coming out of high school, adults looking for a new and better direction, or the next generation of skilled workers looking for the right training they need to get ahead., MVCC provides the education and training that opens the doors to success.  At a personal level, MVCC gave me the opportunity to take my life in a different direction, and started me on the road to public service and government. What MVCC did for me then, it does every day for hundreds of students.”  

MVCC counts some 30,000 alumni since its founding in 1946, as New York State ’s first community college.