Given Special Award by MVCC Alumni
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
’s Office in
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.”
a 1984 graduate who majored in criminal justice, said he appreciated the
college’s honor. “
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
counts some 30,000 alumni since its founding in 1946, as
’s first community college.