HAPPY DAY — Mohawk Valley Community College dedicated its revitalized Rome campus last February, completing a $30 million overhaul of the buildings and grounds. Helping cut the ceremonial ribbon were, from left: George Green, JMZ Architects; MVCC Board of Trustees Chair William Calli Jr.; Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr.; Jack Plumley, former county executive; college President Randall J. VanWagoner; Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi; Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo; state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo; Rome campus Dean Franca Armstrong; and Greg Benincasa, H.R. Beebe Construction and MVCC Alumni of Merit (Photo submitted)
Update ushers in new era for MVCC’s Rome campus
Mohawk Valley Community College held a ribbon-cutting event a year ago in the Plumley Complex atrium on the Rome campus, 1101 Floyd Ave., to formally mark the completion of the $30 million modernization that began in June 2015.
Area dignitaries attended and spoke at the event, including MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner, MVCC Board of Trustees Chair William Calli Jr., state Sen. Joseph A. Griffo, Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente Jr., Rome Mayor Jacqueline M. Izzo, county Board of Legislators Chairman Gerald J. Fiorini, and Rome campus Dean Franca Armstrong.
“There are two things that shape everything we do at MVCC: access and excellence,” said Armstrong.
“The fact that this campus exists reflects the commitment of this college and the leadership of Oneida County, both present and past, to ensure the people in central and western Oneida county have a college campus within reach.”
Jack Plumley, former county executive and the building’s namesake, also said a few words about the importance of this project.
“No one can do a project like this alone,” he said. “This is a combined effort of some of the most dedicated individuals,” he said. “This college is one of the finest economic forces we have. Education is absolutely critical to the success our community.”
Components of the project, which was funded by Oneida County and New York state, included:
• Expanding the Plumley Complex by 48,000 square feet with two wings on either side;
• Updating classroom space with modern equipment to allow for expansion of educational interpreting, surgical technician, unmanned aerial systems, cybersecurity, and STEM programs;
• Merging the library and learning center into a learning commons, which features four group study rooms, a conference room, a computer lab, math and writing labs, a testing center, and tutoring stations;
• Adding a dining room, and updating the kitchens and cooking labs to be state-of-the-art for the hospitality programs;
• Adding a 120-person community event room; and
• Improving the parking and quad areas, and the building entrances.
The Rome campus consists of the John D. Plumley Science and Technology Complex. MVCC also operates the Aviation Training Center at Griffiss International Airport and is a partner with SUNY Canton in the Dental Hygiene Training Clinic at the Griffiss Veterans
The campus offers a wide range of services and many of MVCC’s associate degree programs can be completed in their entirety in Rome.
In addition, the MVCC Cultural Series brings films, lectures and performances to Rome community audiences.