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Instructional Programs


The Institute opened in October 1946 with a single program, in Retail Business Management. (This was said to be the first program of its type in New York State.) Among the courses in the retail program: Merchandise Display Techniques, Better Selling for Salespeople, Show Card Writing, Silk Screen Process Techniques, Simplified Record Keeping, , Job Instructor Training, Job Method Training, Home Furnishings, and Human Relations Training. The first classes were only during the day – but on opening day it was projected that evening and extension courses would follow – perhaps as soon as January 1947. It was also planned to have classes conducted in Utica store, and to have itinerant instructors go to various places in the state.


In addition to the retail business management program, the State Education Department called for programs in mechanical, electrical and textile technology in Utica. Textile Technology program was established to serve employees in Mohawk Valley textile firms; program announced January 6, 1947. At the time, approximately 27,000 Mohawk Valley residents were employed in the textile industry. (When these plants moved south, many of those who lost their jobs were retrained at the college for work in the community’s emerging light metals and electronics industries.)

Mechanical Technology classes were begun on January 1, 1947. The technology classes were on the third floor (rented) of the Munro Building on State Street. Much of the laboratory equipment came from World War II surplus. Textile and Electrical Technology students were first accepted in September 1947. (Another report indicates that Mechanical and Textile were started in January 1947, and Electrical Technology was started in January or September 1948)


(From Second Annual Report, September 25, 1948) – “The courses in Textile Technology were offered for the first time in October 1947 with very little equipment on hand. In the past year the following machines have been se up and used:
10 Hand Looms
1 Chenille Weft Loom
1 Chenille Rug Loom
1 Cotton Loom
8 Hand Knitting Machines
1 Flat Knitting Machine
In addition to the above the following machines have been contracted for and will be set up this year:
1 Rayon Loom
1 Cotton Loom
1 Cotton Card
1 Drawing Frame
1 Roving Frame
1 Spinning Frame
1 Winder
1 Sample Wood Card
4 Ribbers-Knitting Machines
2 Circular Knitting Machines
The Textile Testing Laboratory has been set up and was used to a limited extent last year. The following equipment has been installed:
Scott Tensile Testing Machine
Taber Abraser
Conditioning Oven
Balance Scales
Twist Counter

December: a new textile testing laboratory was opened. Machines tested the strength and wearing qualities of sheets, stockings, pillow cases, tablecloths, and other items, ripping them apart. After testing, it was possible to tell how much pull a fabric can stand, how much it weighed, how many times its threads were twisted, whether the material would shrink or fade, how much starch there was in it, and how it would hold up under heavy use and frequent washing. A “fadometer” exposed colored fabrics to arc light; in 4 2/3 hours, fabrics were exposed to the equivalent of six hours of direct sunlight. Another machine revolved cloth samples, rubbing them against emery wheels, to determine durability.


Eighty-seven students in a Window Display class under the direction of instructor Willard Sauter trimmed 35 windows for local merchants.

(“National Stationer”, June 1949) - “The New York State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences, in Utica, New York, is one of the few schools in the country where a student may receive training for a career in retail business management. We are quite proud of the fact that one of our members, Vernon R. Evans, President of the Vernon R. Evans Company, Utica, is Secretary of the Board of Trustees of the Institute.
The brochure on Retail Business Management training includes some major points on what a career in retailing offers:
A Profession – Retailing is one of the oldest occupations and one of the newest professions… there is now greater need for training to enter the retail field than ever before.
Permanence – There will always be a retail industry. The daily needs of all people must be provided and the retailer is necessary to supply their wants.
Many Different Positions – All store jobs are not behind the counter. There are as many as 200 different jobs to be filled in large stores. Regardless of the size of the store, most of these jobs must be performed.
Members of the faculty interview students at the time of application to become acquainted with their qualifications, aptitudes and interests. The high school record, the work experience, the results of aptitude tests and the class work at the Institute are all considered in recommending students for placement. The Institute operates a Placement Office for its graduates and all alumni may use the services of this office without charge.”


(March 19, 1950, Utica Newspapers) – “Tech Students To Get Degrees Under Ruling – Students graduating from the State Institute of Applied Arts and Sciences here may soon be getting degrees instead of diplomas as a result of a change in roles just approved by the Board of Regents.
The change authorizes degrees of associate in arts and associate in applied science to be granted at the conclusion of approved courses of study that are at least two years and less than four years in length.
Dr. Algo Henderson, associate commissioner of education in charge of higher education, said however, the Regents’ action was only the first step required before the state institutes would be given degree granting powers.
The Department will draw rules and qualifications setting the standards for the degrees, he explained. Then particular courses will be reviewed to see whether they meet the standards
The amendment also makes it possible for junior colleges and technical institutes other than those operated by the state to qualify for degree granting powers….”

(Undated – Utica Newspapers) – “Institute to Award Degree to Graduates – This week Paul B. Richardson, director of the State University of New York Institute of Applied Sciences in Utica, received official word from Associate Commissioner Caroll V. Newsom of the State Education Department in Albany that the Utica Institute is now eligible to grant a two-year degree.
The degree will be given to all SUI students graduating this June.
The letter reads as follows:
‘I am very happy to inform you that upon the occasion of the March meeting of the Board of Regents, your institution received authority to award the degrees of Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Applied Science (A.A.S.). May I congratulate you upon this step, which undoubtedly will enhance the educational prestige of your institution and your graduates.
Letters of registration that will now be sent to you from the department will take into consideration this new grant of authority.’
Although the SUI has authority to grant the degrees of Associate in Arts (A.A.) and Associate in Applied Arts (sic) (A.A.S.), Richardson said that at present the institute will grant only the latter degree. The degree will be given to those who successfully complete their training in Retail Business Management, Textile, Electrical, and Mechanical Technologies.
The authorization was given by the Board of Regents which authorized the State University of New York to grant the degrees.
Also granted the authority were the other 10 institutes in the State University system and two new community colleges in the state. …
The institutions affected… are the Agricultural and Technical Institutes at Alfred, Canton and Morrisville (all founded in 1908), Cobleskill, founded in 1911; Delhi, founded in 1915; Farmingdale, founded in 1916, and the five Institutes of Applied Arts and Sciences, in Brooklyn, Buffalo, Utica, White Plains, and Binghamton, all founded in 1946.


The Textile Technology program was discontinued, as many of the area’s textile manufacturers left the area.


(Utica Newspapers, Oct 10, 1953) – “Institute Given Authority To Grant New Type of Degree – The Mohawk Valley Technical Institute has been authorized by the State Education Department to grant degrees of Associate in Applied Science to all evening and extension students who complete accredited courses…. Previously the AAS degree had been available only to students in regular daytime division….”


First students accepted into new programs in Advertising Design & Production and Banking, Insurance & Real Estate.

1957 – First graduates in Advertising Design & Production (17) and Banking, Insurance & Real Estate (9)


Engineering Science program initiated with initial enrollment of 24. (Initially called Engineering Physics)

Also Secretarial Science.


Civil (Engineering) Technology program initiated in Continuing Education Division. (became part of “day program” in 1964) (Another report says it started in Continuing Education in 1961, and became part of the day program in 1962??)

First graduates of Engineering Science program. Of nine male grads (from a starting group of 24), five were admitted to Clarkson, one to SUNY College of Environmental Science & Forestry in wood products engineering. And one was considering transferring to SUNY Oswego or Ohio University. Another accepted a position as a physicist with Sandia Corporation in Albuquerque, New Mexico, and another accepted employment as a research technician with an unidentified firm in New Hartford. Cornell, Syracuse, RIT and several mid-western colleges had also agreed to give transfer credit to MVTI grads in Engineering Science. The five who transferred to Clarkson were Robert Pinkos, New Hartford; David Luther, Richard Moldt and Ronald Edwards, all of Utica, and Douglas MacDonald, of Deansboro. Carl S. Golas of Utica, was to transfer to Syracuse University. Robert Torres of Utica, was to go to Albuquerque. W. Carol Erickson was to work in New Hartford. John Mondi, as of May 27th, had not decided between SUNY Oswego and Ohio State.


(10-22-63, Utica Observer-Dispatch) – “MVCC Weighs Liberal Arts Program - …Payne, and MVCC trustees, don’t come right out and say they’d like to have a liberal arts program. But more than a page of the most recent annual report are devoted to the question.
The annual report said the issue of liberal arts is ‘perhaps the most important question before the trustees and sponsors.’ It noted that the state had recommended liberal arts programs for all the public two-year colleges (except the Fashion Institute of Technology).
Locally, there had been some feeling that liberal arts courses at MVCC would duplicate, or compete with, Utica College. Without mentioning Utica College, the MVCC report said:
‘Many school officials, students and parents believe strongly that low-cost liberal education should be made available at MVCC. Others point to the existence of such opportunities in the private colleges of the area, and believe that these institutions are meeting the needs….’
So far, the issue has been handled this way: The board of trustees asked the MVCC staff to survey high school juniors, counselors and principals on their opinion on whether liberal arts are needed at MVCC. Survey results are being studied by the trustees.
The idea of a two-year nursing program raises a touchy issue with a good many medical people who believe that it takes at least three years to training registered nurses.
Each local hospital now conducts its own three-year program, but there is a continual shortage of registered nurses. … MVCC’s position on the issues is: ‘There is some evidence that indicated the need for a two-year degree program in nursing. Community groups are currently considering the question…and if the need for such a program is clearly indicated the college will consider the feasibility of launching the program. By the fall of 1963, the college will be in a position to offer many of the basic courses included in a nursing curriculum.
On the possibility of establishing a four-year engineering school, MVCC trustees and Payne said they were not interested. (A four-year engineering school has been talked up from several quarters recently as a means of attracting industry.)”


The Boards of St. Luke’s Hospital and Faxton Hospital in Utica asked MVCC to establish a two-year Associate degree program in nursing, and the College was working to meet the request, with September 1965 as a target starting date. Each of the hospitals discontinued its own school of nursing at that time. There was skepticism from some that the college’s two-year program would be effective; hospital-based programs had been three years in length. (October 1964)

(October 9, 1964, Utica Newspapers) – “Hospitals Urge 2-Year MVCC Nurse School – Establishment of a two-year school of nursing at Mohawk Valley Community College and the phasing out of their own three-year schools has been proposed by the boards of two Utica hospitals, their presidents announced yesterday.
Emil Hill of Faxton Hospital and Lawrence K. Dugan of St. Luke’s-Memorial Hospital Center, who announced the proposal, said the move would be part of a national trend in the decrease in the number of three-year schools and an increase in the number of associate-degree programs.
The proposal was made by a joint committee of representatives of the two hospitals after a two-year study and was approved by the boards.
The medical staffs of both hospitals also have approved the proposal.
The schools at the two hospitals would remain in operation at least three years, to complete the study programs of all students currently enrolled.
Each hospital conducts is own program, and in the last 12 years students from both hospitals have taken courses at Utica College equivalent to a year of college credit.
Hospital officials said Utica College had been approached about handling a new two-year program, but the college said such a course would not fit in with its program.
Commenting on the proposal, Utica College President J. Kenneth Donahue said yesterday:
‘Utica College has cooperated with the three-year diploma programs from a conviction that 30 hours of college study built into a three-year hospital-centered training program is educationally and professionally desirable.
‘However, as a member of the Board of Trustees of St. Luke’s-Memorial Hospital Center, I know that the two-year program has been a subject of intense research and concern, and is considered to more nearly offer a solution to the problems of these two hospitals.’
The proposed two-year program still must win approval from some government agencies and must be established by Mohawk Valley Community College to the satisfaction of all parties. The timetable calls for the acceptance of the first class at MVCC next fall.
Under the program, the complete educational program would be the responsibility of MVCC, including all phases of student life such as housing and advising.
The cost to the students would be about the same, hospital officials said, even though students would have to pay for their housing. They would receive one-third of their tuition cost from the state and one-third from the county.
The bedside clinical experiences would continue to be given at the two hospitals, but graduates would receive a MVCC associate degree rather than a hospital diploma.
Hospitals then would establish intensive in-service training programs to provide associate-degree graduate nurses with additional clinical experience.
One of the main aims of the change is to educate a larger number of bedside nurses than hospital programs now are able to provide.
A two-year program is approved by the National League of Nurses, and the New York State Board of Regents has encouraged placing nursing schools in control of educational institutions.
The present St. Luke’s-Memorial School of Nursing began operation with the merger of the two parent hospitals in 1950, and is the outgrowth of the old St. Luke’s Hospital School, founded in 1888, and the Utica Homeopathic (Memorial) Hospital School, founded in 1899.
The Faxton Hospital School of Nursing was established in 1892.
Under the proposals the schools would be phased out with the class that entered this fall and was to graduate in 1967. Mohawk Valley Community College would accept its first class in the fall of 1965...”

The State University Trustees approved the Nursing program in December 1964.

Civil (Engineering) Technology moved from Continuing Education Division to “day program.”

(April 30, 1964, Utica Observer-Dispatch) – “MVCC Mulls Art, Science Degree Plan – The trustees of Mohawk Valley Community College said today that MVCC would continue to offer terminal two-year programs and programs for students who intend to transfer to four-year colleges, but does not intend to become a four-year college itself.
Rudolph A. Schatzel, chairman of the trustees, said that MVCC had changed from its original single purpose of terminal programs, which it had when it was Mohawk Valley Technical Institute, to include transfer programs.
Now, Schatzel said, about 25 per cent of MVCC graduates transfer to four-year schools. Most of these go to engineering schools, some to teachers’ colleges and some to liberal arts colleges.
Schatzel said he did not foresee the proportion of transfer students growing beyond 35 per cent of the MVCC student body… If the need manifested itself, he said, the college might institute a program leading to the degree of associate of arts and sciences. Now the college offers only an associate of applied science. …
Both Schatzel and the trustees’ statement emphasized that MVCC should not be converted to a four-year college and recommended that ‘if an additional public higher level education institution is needed in Central New York, it be established as a separate college.’ ”


Liberal Arts & Sciences program initiated as a day-time program, designed as the first two years of a four-year Bachelor’s degree program. Courses included mathematics, science, languages, social sciences, history and literature. MVTI was one of only four NYS community colleges (of 28) that did not have such programs. (The others were Erie County Technical Institute, New York City Community College of Applied Arts & Sciences, and Fashion Institute of Technology.)


The debate about whether nurses should be trained in hospital settings or college continued to rage. The NYS Nurses Association issued a plan to transfer all nursing schools to institutions of higher learning. Following are excerpts from an article on the proposed change from the Observer-Dispatch on February 4th, 1967:
“Some of the most strenuous exceptions to the plan were voiced by Dr. Newton J. Bigelow, director of the Marcy State Hospital, who said he was ‘very much opposed’ to the idea,’ even adding he thought it ‘just plain nonsense.’
‘Wherever diploma programs have been given up, the number of nurses has gone down,’ he said.
He also deplored that nursing programs in institutions of higher learning emphasized theory and not practice. In the Middle Ages, he said, medical students migrated from the universities to the hospitals to make their training more practical.
The reverse trend, he says, is ‘anachronistic.’
Dr. Bigelow said nursing associations nationwide have managed to ‘liquidate’ nursing schools at mental institutions in all but two states – New York and New Hampshire.
This, he said, has lead to severe shortages of nurses at mental institutions in many states, whereas in New York, with 18 nursing schools operated by the Department of Mental Hygiene, the situation was much better.
He added that 60 per cent of the nurses trained at a department facility remained there to work, and hat presently here were 1,300 student nurses in training at the 18 state facilities.
An opposing view of the association’s proposal also was taken by area hospital nursing school administrators, including Sister Amata, director of St. Elizabeth’s School of Nursing.
St. Elizabeth’s is presently building a large addition to its nursing school. When it is completed in 1968, the capacity of the school will be increased to 184. Enrollment now is 100 student nurses.
Sister Amata said that the associate degree nursing programs ‘have not stabilized.’
She added: ‘Their attrition rate of 44 per cent nationwide is well above that of the hospital diploma programs, and the graduates score well below the diploma and baccalaureate graduates in the state board exams.’ …
Sister Amata said the transfer plan would compound the present nursing shortage. Fewer girls would enter the nursing field is training were given only at colleges, she believes. ..”


The Medical Assistant and Police Science programs were initiated by the Division for Continuing Education.

In the fall semester, the College’s Liberal Arts & Sciences program was added to evening offerings, according to an announcement by Acting President Robert D. Larsson. Previously the program had only been available through daytime classes.


The College offered 13 two-year degree programs, nine career programs and four transfer programs. A new program was Police Science, later renamed Criminal Justice.


A new degree program in Accounting was announced in April 1970, to begin in the fall.

The MVCC Nursing program received a ten-year accreditation from the National League for Nursing in September 1970. The Department also received a five-year accreditation from the New York State Education Department. (September 1970)

MVCC offered its first courses in the arts in September 1970, new daytime courses in music, fine arts and film through its General Education Department. Albert Johnson, previously an Assistant Professor of Music at the University of Minnesota, would teach one course in the development of musical perception and a three-course sequence in music theory, and would begin the organization of choral groups at the College. Steven Mocko, a member of the MVCC faculty since 1967, would teach courses in fine arts and film. The fine arts courses would cover painting, sculpture and architecture. (September 1970)


A new certificate program in blueprint reading was introduced through the Division for Continuing Education. The 20-week program included fundamentals of reading and interpreting architectural plans. (September 1971)

Police Science added to “day program,” from Continuing Education Division where it began in 1968.

The College offered a total of 14 Associate degree programs. Ten were career programs, including but not limited to advertising design and production; banking, insurance and real estate; retail business management; secretarial science; a new accounting program; civil technology, mechanical technology, electrical technology… and others.


In June 1972, Utica funeral director John L. Matt proposed that MVCC offer an associate degree in mortuary science.

MVCC initiated a new program in September 1972, a degree program in Science Laboratory Technology, designed with cooperation of government and industrial laboratories. Students would receive a general background in biology, chemistry, physics and mathematics, and specialized knowledge in operation of chemical and biological instruments. Graduates would be experienced in chromatography, spectroscopy and microscopy. (September 1972)

MVCC received approval by the SUNY Board of Regents to launch a new program in Human Services, as a part-time program in the Division for Continuing Education, with plans to expand it into a full-time day program in fall 1973. . The A.A.S. program offered options in mental health, mental retardation, social welfare and child care. Graduates would be prepared for employment in occupational therapy, social service, child care, recreational therapy and mental hygiene therapy. The program was planned with cooperation from officials at Utica State Hospital, Marcy State Hospital, Rome State School, House of Good Shepherd, and the Oneida County Department of Social Services, in response to their expanding needs for human services personnel. (College news release, October 31, 1972)


In January 1973, the College considered adding a program in mortuary science, as did HCCC. MVCC’s was to be a complete program, not requiring transfer, while HCCC’s was to be a one-year program with transfer to the Simmons School of Embalming and Mortuary Science in Syracuse. Utica undertaker John Matt proposed the program at MVCC. Three area state institutions had promised that the college could use unclaimed cadavers for the program, and the Utica State Hospital had offered its morgue for use as a laboratory or storage. (The program was not developed.)

MVCC was chosen by Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute in March 1973 as one of the first 10 institutions to bestow the annual Engineering Science Medal, was had been recently established by RPI as a recognition of achievement for students enrolled in two-year engineering science programs. MVCC engineering science student Lee Roland Track was selected at the College’s first recipient of the Engineering Science Medal. In addition to the Medal, honorees were eligible for a scholarship if they chose to continue their education in the engineering sciences at RPI. (March 1973)

MVCC was granted approval by the State University of New York Board of Trustees to launch two new degree programs, entitled Electrical Service Technician and Building Trades. The Electrical Service Technician Program would be offered on a part-time basis through the Division of Continuing Education. It includes options in air conditioning and refrigeration, appliance servicing, electrical maintenance technician, electro-mechanical, and radio and television repair. Building Trades was also offered through the Division for Continuing Education, and was intended for persons already enrolled in apprenticeship training programs, supplementing their work experience with a curriculum tailored to their needs. (November 1973)

A new certificate program in Surveying Technology was introduced in Fall 1973.


MVCC began offering a new Associate in Science degree transfer program in Business Administration, and an Associate degree in Individual Studies in September 1974.
The Individual Studies program was offered on a part-time basis through the Division for Continuing Education. Working with an advisory committee, students would design a curriculum to meet their specific goals, including courses from a variety of departments. Depending on the courses selected, the degree could be Associate in Arts, Associate in Science, Associate in Applied Science.

The College created the Language Institute, offering instruction in French, Spanish, Italian, German, Arabic, Dutch, Latin, Polish, Portuguese, Japanese and Yiddish.


MVCC revamped its language program with the creation of the Language Institute. In addition to standard offerings in French, German, Spanish, Italian and Russian, the institute offered special purpose programs for medical personnel, police officers, businessmen, musicians and travelers. Also featured are several seldom-offered courses such as Japanese and Dutch, along with English as a second language, and Saturday morning courses for children. (September 1975)

In September, 1975, the first classes were held in a new Associate degree program in Surveying Technology, created at the request of the NYS Land Surveyors Board. After four years of acceptable experience, graduates would be eligible to take the NY State Land Surveyor’s Licensing Examination. Specialized courses in the program included drafting, geology, soils investigation, water supply and drainage, roadway planning and design and photogrammetry.

A new Associate in Applied Science degree program in Fire Protection Technology was offered through MVCC’s Division of Community Services. It was designed to prepare students for a career in fire prevention, fire fighting and fire investigation. Instruction was to begin in January 1976. Specialized courses were to include building construction, medical emergency technician, chemistry for hazardous materials, fire fighting tactics, fire protection systems, fire causes and detection, and fire department organization and administration. (November 1975)

With the Fall 1975 semester, the College introduced a one-year certificate program in Medical Office Practice, as well as Associate degree programs in Building Management & Maintenance, Drafting Technology and Manufacturing Technology.


Three new Associate degrees began at MVCC in September 1976. The new programs were Manufacturing Technology (AOS), Drafting Technology (AOS) and Building Management & Maintenance. The name of the Retail Business Management and Banking, Insurance & Real Estate Department was changed to the Business Management Department. (September 1976)

The number of Associate degree programs stood at 21.


(Utica Observer-Dispatch- September 4, 1977) – ”Car Dealers, MVCC Training Program Set” – Cars are becoming more complicated, say the men who sell them.
Because they want to give their customers better servicing, the Central New York Automobile Dealers Association, along with Mohawk Valley Community College, will begin a three-year auto mechanics apprenticeship program.
It is expected the program will produce better mechanics, save car owners money, cut costs for the dealers and improve efficiency, Ed Blask, association president, said.
Black said Lothar Stahlberg, owner of the Datsun Auto Plaza, will be chairman of the steering committee for the project. Blask said it was felt Stahlberg could bring expertise to the program because he was involved in an apprenticeship program in his native Germany.
‘We hope to end up with a better trained technician holding an associate degree in automobile technology. He will be an employee trained in every facet of the business with the exception of sales,’ Stahlberg said.
‘These people are going to be the future key personnel in the dealerships,’ Stahlberg added.
The program will include practical experience and classroom study. Each apprentice will work for one of the association members for 40 hours a week and attend classes, at his own expense, two nights a week for three years.’

(March 9, 1977, The Daily Press) – “MVCC Approved Fine Arts Plan – A fine arts program to be operated in conjunction with the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art was approved yesterday by the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees. …
The faculty and equipment would be supplied by MWP, which will also charge a fee to the students, as is the current policy at the school of art.
(MVCC President George) Robertson said MWP was interested in the program because the school of art currently has no power to issue college credits for its classes. The graduates of the new program, Robertson said, could go on to receive Bachelor of Fine Arts degrees.”

(May 11, 1977, Rome Daily Sentinel) – “College to serve food program here – A new food service program in Rome, leading to an associate degree in occupational science (sic), was approved Tuesday by the Mohawk Valley Community College Board of Trustees.
Three certificate programs – baking, chef training and catering – will be offered at the college’s Rome Extension Center beginning in the fall of 1978.”

December 21, 1977 – College officials officially signed an agreement with the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art to jointly offer a Fine Arts degree program. Students would take MWPI courses in design, drawing, painting, graphic arts, sculpture and ceramics, three days a week. Two days a week they would be at MVCC for classes in English, social science, history and physical education. They would receive their Associate degree from MVCC.


In January 1978, the College received a grant of $74,570 under the Vocational Education Act to begin a new program in food service at the Rome Extension Center. The courses of study were proposed and approved at the urging of local restaurant and hotel operators, Griffiss Air Force Base officials, and health care and educational institutions. Most of the funds were to be used for equipment.

Data Processing was added as an Associate degree program, with business and mathematics options. Word Processing option added in Secretarial Science program. Media Marketing & Management added as option in Advertising Design & Production program. Certificate programs added in Office Practice and Community Residence Management. The Media Marketing & Management program was established at the request of the New York State Advertising Managers Bureau. The Community Residence Management program was a response to the NYS Department of Mental Hygiene’s patient release policy, which advocated small group home living situations for patients who were formerly institutionalized. A Word Processing option in the Secretarial Science program was added in Fall 1978, along with a one-year Office Practice Certificate program. (June 1978)

In June 1978, the Board of Trustees approved a new one-year certificate program in Community Residence Management.

In July 1978, the College announced an Associate Degree Apprenticeship program, offered in cooperation with the Central New York Automobile Dealers Association. It was a three-year program, part of a National Automobile Dealers Association initiative to attract and retain a quality workforce. It combined on-the-job training with the theory and science of a college degree in automotive technology. The program was administered by the MVCC Division of Community Services. Applicants had to take a mechanical aptitude test and an employment interview with one of the participating dealers, as well as the usual college admissions process. They would work as full-time paid employees, and attend classes two or three evenings a week.


(January) – The Board of Trustees approved a new one-year certificate program in Solar Energy Technology, to train students as technicians in research labs, installers and repairers of solar energy systems and assistants to designers and architects of solar energy projects.

(March) – Trustees approved a new degree program in Recreation Leadership, to be available in Fall 1979.

(August 19, 1979) – The Observer-Dispatch reported that the College would begin a pre-environmental science and forestry program in the fall, in conjunction with SUNY ESF. Students at MVCC would follow prescribed courses of study depending on the ESF curriculum they wished to pursue on transfer. Curriculum choices includes chemistry, forest biology, forest engineering, paper science and engineering, wood products engineering, resource management and landscape architecture.

The newspaper also reported new programs in media marketing and management and welding technology.

The media marketing and management program, a two-year Associate degree program, was to train students to sell advertising space in newspapers and magazines, and advertising time on radio and television. The program was begun at the encouragement of several media organizations that also supported the new effort financially. They included the New York State Daily Newspaper Publishers Association, the New York State Daily Newspapers Advertising Managers Bureau, the Gannett Foundation and several local newspapers, including the Utica Observer Dispatch and Daily Press, the Rome Daily Sentinel, and the Amsterdam Recorder.

Welding technology, a two-year program leading to an AOS degree, was an outgrowth of the College’s certificate program in welding.


The College introduced a new Certificate Program in Communication Skills. (This program was discontinued in 2003 due to lack of enrollment.)

A degree program in Fire Protection Technology was created; it would be deactivated in 1985 due to low enrollment.

In September 1980, the College added an A.A. program in Liberal Arts & Sciences: International Studies, with sequences of specialization in business, humanities and social sciences.


Students in the College’s Solar Energy Technology certificate program began conducting free energy audits in public buildings in seven New York Counties. The audits were part of a state-wide Energy Audit Service administered under a New York State Energy Office contract with the SUNY Research Foundation. (This certificate program was discontinued in __)

A two-year degree program in Solar Technology was introduced in September 1981. (A certificate program had begun in 1979.) Its official name was Air Conditioning Technology-Solar Option.


In September 1983, the Solar Energy Technology program received initial accreditation from the Accreditation Board for Engineering & Technology. (September 1983)


A Trades Institute was created. It included programs in Construction Trades, Welding, Refrigeration/Air Conditioning & Heating, Carpentry & Cabinet Making, Basic/Commercial Industrial Electricity; Appliance Repair, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning; and Small Engine, Motorcycle, Snowmobile and Outboard Engine Repair. It was headquartered at the Rome Campus, and was headed by Harold Schecter. Enrollment was open to anyone over the age of 16. A high school diploma was not required. These courses were not transferable to any degree programs.

A Certificate program in Sales Territory Management was introduced in the Business Management Department.


Two programs were deactivated because of low enrollment: an Associate degree program in Fire Protection Technology, and a solar energy option in the Air Conditioning Technology program. The Fire Protection Technology program had been created in 1980.


The College introduced a new degree program in Chemical Technology, a revision of the former program, Science Laboratory Technology.


MVCC and the Riverside School of Aeronautics initiated a new jointly-sponsored program to prepare individuals for careers in aircraft maintenance. Students started with Riverside’s diploma program, and FAA certification as airframe and powerplant mechanics. This is followed with an additional year of full-time study at MVCC, leading to an Associate degree in Aircraft Maintenance: Mechanical Technology. The MVCC portion is also open to graduates of other federally approved schools of aeronautics. The program was announced in a news conference at the Riverside Airport in Marcy. Taking part were Gordon Newall, president of the Riverside School of Aeronautics, Gloria Santucci, the schools’ director, MVCC President Michael Schafer, Vice President for Instruction Thomas Brown, and Professor John McMillan, head of MVCC’s Mechanical & Civil Engineering Technology Dept.


In 1988, the College changed the name of its Associate degree program in Secretarial Science to Office Technologies, and added certificate programs in Mechanical Drafting and Architectural/Civil Drafting.


A new Associate degree in Photonics was offered for the first time in the Spring 1989 semester. It had been developed in conjunction with the Rome Air Development Center, where photonics research was carrier out for the Air Force, with the General Electric Company, and the SUNY Institute of Technology, which was initiating 3rd and 4th year courses. (In Feb. 1991, the NY State Photonics Development Corporation had been formed, with George W. Hippisley as the executive director, and offices at the MVCC Rome Campus. By 1993, the instructional program had been suspended due to low enrollment.)

A new Associate degree program in Restaurant Management was introduced, designed to prepare graduates for middle management positions in the restaurant industry. The program combined food preparation skills with information on business practices and supervisory management. (October 1989)

A new A.A.S. degree in Applied Arts-Arts & Crafts was approved by the State Education Department in May 1989. The college’s plan was to begin offering the program at the Rome Campus in Fall 1990. It included new courses in basketry, fiber arts (weaving), leatherwork, watercolor and oil painting as well as courses in human services in psychology – it was intended to prepare people for jobs in therapy involving arts and crafts, at nursing homes, senior citizen centers, hospitals, and arts and crafts centers. It was actually Spring 1992 before the first courses were offered at Rome.

In the fall semester, the College introduced a new robotics option in the electrical service technician program.


MVCC’s photonics curriculum received a boost with announcement of a $35,213 equipment grant from the National Science Foundation. The funds were to be used to purchase fiber optics equipment. The program was associated with the Rome Air Development Center, at Griffiss Air Force Base, the Air Force’s lead research facility in the then-new technology of photonics. Photonics was expected to have major long-term impacts on the communications and information management industries. (August 1990)

Beginning with the fall 1990 semester, MVCC students were required to complete a more stringent general education component in A.S., A.A., and A.A.S. degree programs. The new requirements were designed to stress critical and analytical thinking and historical background of the subject. (September 1990)

A new Associate degree program in Liberal Arts & Sciences- Nutrition & Dietetics was introduced in 1990.

Also introduced in 1990 was an A.S. degree program in Health Studies-Radiologic Technology. The program was open for students who had already completed an accredited program in medical radiography, such as that offered at St. Elizabeth Hospital in Utica. MVCC equated such instruction and certification to one year of transfer credit, and provided an additional 34 credit hours of instruction leading to the Associate degree.

(Feb 7, 1990, Observer-Dispatch) – “MVCC plans change in curriculum rules – A major change in Mohawk Valley Community College’s general education requirements – designed to broaden the education of every student – will be considered next week by the school’s Board of Trustees.
General education includes the liberal arts, mathematics, and social and natural science courses a student must take aside from the requirements in their particular field of study….”


In September 1991, MVCC and the Rome Laboratory at Griffiss Air Force Base signed a Cooperative Research & Development Agreement. The agreement gave MVCC students and faculty members access to sophisticated lab equipment at the Air Force facility for course work and experimentation, particularly for photonics – which involved the use of light photons to transmit, store and management information. (September 1991)


Approval was received for a new degree program in Chemical Dependency Counseling, to be administered by the Human Services & Psychology Dept.

(November 11, 1992, Observer-Dispatch) – “MVCC, M-W-P to merge art schools – The Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute and the Mohawk Valley Community College yesterday agreed to merge programs as a way to offer the best of both worlds to their students.
The board of trustees at MVCC agreed the community college would provide services to art students at the institute, including collecting tuition, processing financial aid and issuing ID cards. MVCC will pay the institute a rental fee for M-W.P facilities and a flat rate per section for courses taught at M-W-P. The community college will be able to claim state aid for the rental costs and the increase in students.
The Munson-Williams-Proctor School of Art at Mohawk Valley Community College will begin accepting students with the fall class of 1993….”


MVCC received approval for two new programs related to the hotel/motel industry, an A.A.S. program in Hotel Technology/Meeting Services Management, and a certificate in Hotel Technology/Front Office Technology, reflecting growth in the tourism industry in the Oneida-Madison Counties area. Based at the College’s Rome Campus, the new curricula would become part of the College’s Hospitality Programs. (June 1995)

In June 1995, the College announced creation of a new certificate program in Coaching. The program would help individuals meet State Education Department Temporary Licensing requirements for coaching in public schools. The program was created at the request of schools seeking ways of recruiting and developing qualified coaches for over 200 junior and senior high schools in Section 3 of the New York State Public High School Athletic Association.

In December 1995, MVCC and SUNY Oneonta announced a new jointly administered program in elementary education, leading to the Bachelors’ degree. The program was introduced in response to research which discovered a significant demand for such a program in the Oneida-Herkimer-Madison Counties area. Students would be accepted simultaneously by both institutions, taking the first two years of courses at MVCC, then choosing whether they wished to take the third and fourth years at MVCC, Oneonta or some combination of both.

In December 1995, the College announced creation of a new one-year certificate program in Case Management, to prepare students to work with individuals in the social services system, the elderly, children in foster care, the developmentally disabled, mentally ill, persons with problems related to alcohol or drug abuse, and some in the corrections system. The primary role of case managers would be to serve as advocates to help individuals receive appropriate services. The program was housed in the Human Services & Psychology Dept.

(June 12, 1995 – Associated Press) – “State ends aid for courses for inmates – After years of paying for the college education of convicted criminals, New York has finally eliminated financial aid for state inmates under Gov. George Pataki’s newly-adopted state budget.
The state Legislature approved the Republican governor’s bid to eliminate Tuition Assistant Program grants for inmates during the adoption of Pataki’s $63.7 billion budget last week.
Coupled with the recent elimination of federal Pell grants for prison inmates, the new state policy virtually ends higher education programs in the state’s correctional facilities.
‘A majority (of the public) feels that people who are locked up for a variety of crimes should not be receiving college aid,’ Jim Flateau, spokesman for the state Department of Corrections, said….
Opponents of financial aid for inmates say it’s not fair that prisoners get to go to college free, while law-abiding citizens have to struggle to pay for their own way through college.
But at least one advocate for prison inmates predicts the move will backfire.
‘What we will probably end up with is a group of people who will be getting out of prison and will be committing more crimes,’ said William Gibney, managing attorney for Prisoners Legal Services.
Gibney maintains that without the ability to further their education, many inmates will be unable to get jobs after they leave the prisons, and the person could fall back into a life of crime….” (The move impacted MVCC, which had instructional programs at state prisons in Marcy and Rome.)


The Advertising Design & Production Department changed its name to the Graphic Communications Department. The Advertising Design & Production Program was also renamed Graphic Communication, with options in Graphic Design, Illustration, Graphic Arts Technology.

The College introduced a certificate program in Machinist Technology.


The College introduced a new Associate degree program in Environmental Analysis-Chemical Technology and degree and certificate programs in Professional Pilot. The pilot training programs were developed and operated jointly with KeyFlite Academy of New Hampshire, with flight training based at the Oneida County Airport.


(from College news release, Jan. 6, 2000) – “MVCC Offers Training Program for Rail Freight Conductor Jobs in Northeast – Mohawk Valley Community College has begun providing a five-week training program preparing individuals for possible employment as railroad trainmen/freight conductors. Projections call for several hundred students to complete the program at the MVCC Rome Campus during 2000.
The training, while non-credit in nature, is intensive, running eight hours per day Monday-Friday. Applicants who meet stringent entrance requirements and remain in the program into the third week will be interviewed for possible employment by CSXT, which recently took over Conrail lines throughout the Northeast. CSXT training materials are used in the program, and instructors are on loan from the rail carrier.
Job openings are anticipated at freight yards in Cleveland, Ohio; Buffalo, Rochester, Dewitt and Selkirk, NY; Worcester, Framingham and Boston, Massachusetts; and South Kearney, New Jersey. Both men and women may apply for the positions, which may have starting salaries as high as $30,000.
Applicants should be aware that the positions also involve strenuous physical labor and occasionally hazardous situations, frequent absences from home, irregular shifts, two-hour notification on work schedules, and around-the-clock work in all weather conditions.
A probation period is also required before permanent hire.
The five-week instructional program includes such topics as railroad basic safety, terms and definitions, railroad components, mechanical makeup of railroad cars and locomotives, and the role of the railroad trainman in switching and movement of trains.
Also covered will be relevant computer skills, proper use of tools and signals, radio communications, handling of hazardous materials, speed and car placement requirements, and compliance with federal regulations. The instruction will also deal with proper train building and movement, customer communication, proper billing for railroad services, reporting forms and procedures, and on-board computer techniques….”

The College partnered with C1 Professional Training of Indianapolis to offer a tractor trailer driver training program at the Rome Campus. Later, they changed the partner to Sage Technical Services.

An Associate degree program in Medical Assisting was approved.

In June, 2000, the use of human cadavers was introduced into human anatomy and physiology classes, under an agreement with the SUNY Upstate Medical University in Syracuse. Professors Perrotti, Drogo and Jubenville of the Life Science Department oversaw this development. (see related news article below)

(June 16, 2000, Utica Observer-Dispatch) – “Cadavers enhance MVCC course – Anatomical studies made more real – Students at Mohawk Valley Community College have long dissected cats in classes to learn about human anatomy.
But beginning next week, MVCC students will get to study the real thing – human corpses.
Nearly two years in the making, MVCC now is certified to house human cadavers for health education. The first three bodies arrived June 6.
‘I’m just so excited,’ said Bill Perrotti, a professor in the Life Science Department who has worked extensively to bring the cadavers to MVCC….
He said the program is highly unusual because only two other community colleges in the state offer students some sort of exposure to cadavers, and MVCC would be the only community college that lets students due the actual dissection.
‘In fact, few four-year colleges offer any students (let alone first or second year students) this type of exposure,’ Perrotti said.
The cadavers will be used in human anatomy and physiology courses beginning in the fall. Students may be nursing, pre-med, preoccupational therapy or other health or medical students.
This summer, eight to 12 students will dissect the cadavers to prepare them for the classes. …
The cadavers are kept in a new laboratory, part of MVCC’s $21 million construction and renovation.
Students will be able to see the effect of aging and disease on the body, not possible with cats or fetal pigs, which are euthanized when young and healthy, Perrotti said.
The corpses were donated to the Central New York Anatomical Gift Program at the Upstate Medical University Hospital in Syracuse. The program will donate cadavers to MVCC on a yearly basis, and MVCC will return the bodies to be buried…
The cadavers were all donated by the individuals to further the education of physicians and health care personnel, Perrotti said.
The cadavers have been embalmed and are in a cooler so they could be kept for much longer than two years, but typically families want the bodies returned in a year or two to be buried, said Robert Jubenville, head of the Life Science Department….
MVCC officials said being respectful to the cadavers is a priority.
‘This is serious work,’ said Life Science professor Sam Drogo. ‘We look at this as a gift. The people have donated their bodies so people can learn.’
Maturity, professionalism, and respect are imperative, according to the course policies for the summer course. Students who don’t consistently act respectfully toward the cadavers will be removed from the class, the policies state.
The arrival of the first three corpses was done in a respectful manner. They were brought in by funeral directors last week at night, well after classes had ended for the day, so as not to draw extra attention.
Perrotti took an anatomy course in Syracuse with first-year medical students to prepare for the MVCC course and noted the students there held a memorial service for the cadavers, and invited the families of those who had donated their bodies.
Perrotti said such a ceremony is not now planned at MVCC, though it is a possibility depending on student reaction….”

In the fall of 2000, the College began instruction in its own fine arts program, following the dissolution of a partnership with the Munson-Williams-Proctor Institute School of Art, which had affiliated with the Pratt Institute.


A Fiber Optics option was added to the Electrical Service Technician degree program. The program reflected increased use of fiber optic lines in telecommunications, including local and long-distance telephone carriers, and the cable television industry, and an anticipated need for trained technicians as a result. The program was designed to prepare students to install, maintain and repair fiber optic systems in residential, commercial and industrial applications.

The College introduced new certificate and A.A.S. programs in Web Site Design & Management, and an A.A.S. program in Emergency Medical Services/Paramedic, a cooperative effort with Faxton-St. Luke’s Healthcare and the SUNY Institute of Technology at Utica/Rome.

A new Clinical Allied Health Care certificate was introduced, with specializations available in medical claims management, medical transcription, medical coding and health unit coordination.

(From College news release, May 14, 2001) – “Oneida County, MVCC, KeyFlite Academy Announce New Professional/Private Pilot Training Programs: Instruction at Oneida County Airport – Oneida County Executive Ralph Eannace, Jr., joined officials from Mohawk Valley Community College and KeyFlite Academy today at the Oneida County Airport to announce the creation of three new aviation-related MVCC programs. The programs include extensive flight instruction, to be provided at the Oneida County Airport by KeyFlite Academy. The new programs include two Associate’s degrees, in Professional Pilot and Private Pilot (Associate in Applied Science), and a Certificate in Professional Pilot….”


The instructional partner for the pilot training programs introduced a year earlier was changed to Richmor Aviation, when Keyflite Academy suddenly closed its doors.

The Respiratory Care program changed from a certificate program to an Associate degree program.

The College introduced a new AAS program in Digital Animation, within the Art Department, and a new AAS degree program in Semiconductor Manufacturing Technology, in the Engineering Technologies & The Trades Dept.

The College introduced an English as a Second Language certificate program, allegedly the first of its kind in the nation.


Two certificate programs were discontinued. Communication Skills was discontinued because of low enrollment (it had been created in 1980). Respiratory Care was discontinued because it had been replaced with an associate degree program.

The College initiated an Associate degree program in Liberal Arts & Sciences: Public Policy.


The Banking & Insurance program was renamed Financial Services Management, to more accurately describe the courses in the curriculum as well as the business career opportunities for graduates. It also reflected recent changes in the financial arena, as activities in banking, insurance, investment firms and other financial service organizations increasingly overlapped. (November 2004)

A new certificate program in Forensic Photography was introduced.

A new Associate in Science degree program in Liberal Arts & Sciences: General Studies/Psychology was introduced as a transfer program.

In May, 2004, the New York Association for Pupil Transportation announced the development of a new Certificate program in School Transportation Management, in conjunction with MVCC. The program would be offered statewide completely on-line.

In December 2004, the College and the Resource Center for Independent Living in Utica received a $260,000 grant to develop an Associate degree program in Educational Interpretation that would train sign language interpreters for local school districts. The grant was awarded by the National Technical Institute for the Deaf at the Rochester Institute of Technology.


The Nursing curriculum was expanded to the Rome Campus in Fall 2005 (announced July 12th) under an agreement with Rome Memorial Hospital. The expansion, to accommodate up to 50 students, was designed to assist the Hospital in meeting an ongoing shortage of nurses. Renovations to create a nursing lab cost the College approximately $25,000. The Hospital contributed $162,000, to be paid over five years, to fund one of the program’s instructors (July 2005)

The college introduced Associate degree programs in childhood education and adolescence education, designed to prepare graduates to transfer into related programs throughout SUNY


In fall 2006 a new certificate program in airframe and powerplant mechanic was scheduled to begin at Griffiss Business & Technology Park (Building 221). Oneida County had made the building available, and invested $2 million in renovations. In April 2006, FedEx had donated a retired Boeing 727 airplane for use in the program.

Also in 2006, approval was received from SUNY and State Education Department for a dental hygiene program to be offered at the former Griffiss AFB dental clinic. The program was officially offered by SUNY Canton, but with assistance from MVCC. Congressman Sherwood Boehlert played a major role n making in clinic building and equipment available, and secured additional startup funds.

The Health Information Technology/Medical Records program was renamed Health Information Technology to conform with national accreditation policies.