Picente: MVCC March 28 Open House Features Training for Recovery and Beyond

As training money from the federal stimulus package opens new possibilities for Mohawk Valley workers looking for the skills that will be in demand when the economy recovers, Mohawk Valley Community College is offering area residents an opportunity to learn about exciting programs that can be the first step in a new career.

MVCC’s annual spring Open House at its Rome campus will feature a first look at a wide range of training opportunities and new funding options available through the American Reinvestment and Recovery Act. The Open House, which will be held from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., will offer information from MVCC faculty, Working Solutions representatives, employers and others to help area residents learn about options and programs that can help them learn skills in emerging as well as existing careers.
“MVCC has a very proud heritage as being the leader in helping the people of our region develop the skills that will help them out of hard times and prepare them for the future,” said Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr., the first Oneida County Executive to be a graduate of MVCC. “This is a time of economic transition, and I encourage Oneida County residents who want to be on the leading edge of change to look a the options the college has to offer, because through the Workforce Investment Board and Oneida County Workforce Development, there are funding options available now that can help people afford the training they want and need.”
MVCC President Randall Van Wagoner said the college is focusing on cutting-edge training programs in addition to its traditional broad range of options. “Some of MVCC’s strongest programs, such as our CNC Machinist training, provide skills that are in demand today by our manufacturers, and that will be in even greater demand as the economy revives and we see the need for manufacturing the components that will go into renewable energy operations,” he said. “We have an outstanding success story in our Aircraft and power plant program that is helping Empire Aero become such a regional success story. Our HVAC courses – which are in a major area of job growth -- are being revamped to ensure that the latest in green techniques are being incorporated so that our graduates have the skills they need for the future.”
Alice Savino, Executive Director of the Workforce Investment Board, said the WIB is using new funding from the Recovery Act to help area residents be prepared for the future. “MVCC has some great programs that will allow students to use this slower economic time as a time of preparation so that when the economy revives, they are ready with the skills that ill prepare them for high-growth sectors.”
Savino noted that MVCC, the WIB and local employers have excellent partnerships that help ensure that students who complete training programs are able to find work in the region.
Information will be shared on local hiring trends, short-term skills training, academic programs, and ways in which economic stimulus funds can combine with other sources of financial aid to pay tuition.  Also available will be information on support services, scholarships and campus tours.
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