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The Telegram
  • MVCC wins Herkimer BOCES Outstanding Community Partner Award

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  • HERKIMER — Donating an airplane on long-term loan wasn’t the only thing Mohawk Valley Community College did to help Herkimer-Fulton-Hamilton-Otsego BOCES launch its new aviation maintenance program.
    MVCC also helped establish the program’s curriculum and an articulation agreement allowing Herkimer BOCES students to transition into MVCC’s aviation program and a career in the industry.
    For those reasons, Herkimer BOCES has named MVCC as the recipient of the Herkimer BOCES 2014 Outstanding Community Partner Award.
    “This would not have been possible without the support of Mohawk Valley Community College,” said Roberta Matthews, Herkimer BOCES director of academic services, in a news release.
    Herkimer BOCES announced MVCC as the award winner during the 2014 BOCES annual meeting on April 4. Also during the meeting, the Central Valley Academy Chamber Choir performed, Herkimer BOCES culinary and hospitality students prepared and served food, BOCES District Superintendent Mark Vivacqua addressed local school administrators and board members and candidates for the BOCES Board of Education about their qualifications.
    Walter Constantini, director of the airframe and powerplant program at MVCC, and Franca Armstrong, executive director of community and workforce development at MVCC, accepted the award on behalf of the college.
    “We’re honored — absolutely honored,” Armstrong said in the release.
    The new BOCES program, called “aviation maintenance general,” will take flight at Herkimer BOCES in the 2014 - 2015 school year. It will prepare students to potentially go into MVCC’s airframe and powerplant technology program and could lead to employment at airplane maintenance companies such as MidairUSA and Premier Aviation at the Griffiss Business and Technology Park in Rome.
    The employers at Griffiss are always asking Constantini when his next class graduates and if the class is full of students, he said.
    “We need people, and we need them desperately,” he said.
    It used to always be that students around here gradate and move out of the area, he said.
    “We don’t have to do that anymore,” he said.
    The BOCES aviation program will be for seniors only next school year. The course is aimed not only at students interested in aviation maintenance, but also those interested in mechanics or basic electricity.
    Students will gain exposure to subject areas found in the Federal Aviation Administration’s required aircraft maintenance training curriculum, maintenance documentation, introduction to aircraft flight controls and aircraft physics of flight, weight and balance.
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