UTICA — Mohawk Valley Community College will receive $250,000 in state funding to fully modernize public safety services at the Utica campus.
Assemblyman Anthony J. Brindisi, D-119, Utica, made the announcement on Friday at the campus’s expanded public safety facility, saying the funding enabled the college to completely rebuild its Utica public safety facilities adding an expanded dispatch room; separate offices for supervisors and officers; improved accessibility; and new flooring, walls, and locker rooms with showers.
The renovated facility will provide optimized space for essential functions, as well as improved lighting.
“One of the most important amenities any educational institution should offer is a secure campus students feel comfortable at. Through this grant, MVCC will provide public safety services in a facility designed for operating efficiency with improved accessibility for the public that will serve the college and the community for many years to come. This strong commitment to public safety will ensure that MVCC continues to grow and add to the quality of life here in the Mohawk Valley,” Brindisi said.
“I would like to thank Assemblyman Brindisi for securing the funding to make Mohawk Valley Community College’s Utica campus a safer place for students and the community,” Oneida County Executive Anthony J. Picente, Jr. said.
“These improvements will modernize the public safety services of the college and further modify its standing as one of the premier higher learning institutions in the Northeast.”
MVCC President Dr. Randall VanWagoner added “On behalf of Mohawk Valley Community College, I would like to thank Assemblyman Brindisi on his continued dedication to the community and his efforts to secure the funds needed for these improvements. Understanding the importance of community, we appreciate the partnership to create and sustain a safe environment.”
VanWagoner says the mission of MVCC’s Department of Public Safety is to serve and protect the students, staff and faculty of the college, striving to provide an atmosphere where diverse social, cultural, and academic values can continue to prosper.