MVCC forges leadership program

MVCC President Randy Vanwagoner (left) and LMV Board of Directors President John Matthews.

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Leadership Mohawk Valley (LMV) and Mohawk Valley Community College recently announced that the two organizations have partnered to create more community leadership impact opportunities.

The announcement was made in the Information Technology Building lobby on MVCC’s Utica Campus by LMV Executive Director Ann Rushlo, LMV Board of Directors President John Matthews, and MVCC President Randall VanWagoner. As part of the partnership, LMV offices will move to the College’s Utica Campus within the Center for Corporate and Community Education.
“Leadership skills are not limited to the board room — we need engaged leaders in every seat in the classroom, in our urban neighborhoods, and in our elected positions of power locally, regionally, and beyond,” Matthews said. “Earlier this year, we were approached by Randy VanWagoner, who proposed the idea of LMV joining forces with MVCC, which already had several excellent leadership programs in place. … We see these programs being in perfect harmony with LMV’s existing strategic mission, which ultimately made it a smart decision for us to connect our core strengths to see what our collective approach to leadership in the Mohawk Valley can produce.”
“We’ve all experienced the difference leadership can make at an organization, a community, or even a family, and that’s why this partnership, this strategic alliance, is so significant,” VanWagoner said. “But today is not just about partnership — it’s also about networks. Bringing together the vast alumni network of Leadership Mohawk Valley with the capacity and connections of MVCC creates tremendous potential for expanding programming and impact in the community in regard to the leadership development of this region.”
LMV is a 10-month leadership program that develops a knowledgeable group of people, preparing them to be leaders in the community and shape its future. It provides experience in group dynamics, team leadership, presentation skills, and professional and personal growth. The program was created in 1990 as a joint effort of the Herkimer, Utica (now Greater Utica), and Rome Chambers of Commerce and area business leaders, in response to a need for greater community leadership, civic responsibility, and community trusteeship. To date, the program has graduated almost 1,000 community leaders.
As a diverse institution with a global view, Mohawk Valley Community College provides opportunities for affordable education, with support from Oneida County and the State of New York, and offers career, transfer and transitional education, programs for personal and cultural enrichment, and supports community and economic development.
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