Monday, August 15, 2011

New Year Energy

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Hi! I’m Randy Van Wagoner, I’m the president of Mohawk Valley Community College, and this is my first vlog, so thanks for watching.

You know it’s the start of a new school year, and that’s got me really excited about everything going on here at the college. At MVCC, our mission is to promote student success and community involvement through a commitment to excellence and a spirit of service. And that mission drives our operation every day. You know things are tough with the economy and that’s driving an unprecedented number of individuals to our front door, and we’re doing everything that we can to help.

We maintain our commitment to a comprehensive mission where we’ve got college prep classes, like ESL, Math, English, Reading and Chemistry. But we also have the long-standing career programs, upon which this college was founded 65 years ago. In addition, we’ve got our transfer programs that lead students to the highest institutions around the country. Those programs provide students choice at a time when choice is probably … we don’t have all the choices we need or nor do we want. So those programs are here, they’re coupled up with wraparound services, advising, counseling, free tutoring, our learning center is packed with students studying together, seeking help in and outside their classes.

And our clubs and organizations, we have more than 50 student clubs and organizations that allow students to get involved, recognizing that more or just as much learning goes on outside the classroom as it does inside the classroom.

So as we look to the new year, we have a lot of new initiatives under way, the Jorgensen Field House will be opening early this fall, just creating a lot of excitement here at the college, at both our Utica campus, as well as our Rome campus, and additional locations around the county that we’ve been reaching out to over the past few years, offering both credit and non-credit classes, so no matter what your experience is in the coming year, whether it be enrolling in a credit program or just picking up a non-credit class here at the college, I hope you’re as excited as I am about the new year. So thanks again for watching, and I hope to share even more information with you throughout the year. Thanks.

If you have any questions or comments on this vlog, please contact me at presblog@mvcc.edu.