MVCC to cut ribbon Friday on addition

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A ribbon-cutting event to mark the completion of Mohawk Valley Community College’s $30 million renovation at its Rome campus will be held Friday at 10 a.m. in the Plumley Complex Atrium at the 1101 Floyd Ave. campus.

The $30 million renovation began in June 2015.

Attending and speaking at the event will be MVCC President Randall J. VanWagoner; MVCC Board of Trustees Chair William Calli Jr.; state Sen. Joseph Griffo, R-47, Rome; Assemblyman Anthony Brindisi, D-119, Utica; Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr.; Rome Mayor Jacqueline Izzo; Oneida County Board of Legislators Chairman Gerald Fiorini; and Dean of the Rome campus Franca Armstrong.

Among steps in the renovation project, which was a collaboration with Oneida County and the state:

• Expanding the Plumley Complex by 48,000 square feet with two wings on either end;

• Updating classroom space with modern equipment to allow for expansion of educational interpreting, surgical technician, unmanned aerial systems, cybersecurity, and STEM (science, technology, engineering, math) programs;

• Merging the Library and Learning Center into a Learning Commons, featuring 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.

Community tours will be available for seeing the updated campus, on Feb. 14 at 3 p.m. and Feb. 16 at 5:30 p.m. Feb. 16.

Tours will leave from the Plumley Complex Atrium, just inside of the main entrance.

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