MVCC Education Outreach Center to offer eight-week anti-gun violence course


UTICA — Mohawk Valley Community College’s Education Outreach Center will offer an eight-week Empowerment Program, funded by the Anti-Gun Violence Grant, beginning Thursday, March 3.

The course runs from 5 to 6:30 p.m. Wednesdays and Thursdays at the EOC, 524 Elizabeth St., Utica or via Zoom for unvaccinated students.

Students will receive a stipend for attending.

Throughout this program, staff from the Education Outreach Center will assist students in developing skills needed to live an empowered adult life, including de-escalation, decision making, positive parenting, conflict resolution, and self-esteem. 

For more information or to sign up for the course, contact YouthBuild Program Specialist Sharmayne VanDyke at 315-731-5873 or visit

Mohawk Valley Community College, established in 1946, is New York State’s first community college with a mission to provide accessible, high-quality educational opportunities for everyone.

As the community’s college, MVCC is committed to student success through partnerships, transfer and career pathways, and personal enrichment, according to the college announcement.

With campuses in Utica and Rome, MVCC is a primary provider of college education, offering 90 degree and certificate options for its enrollment of 6,000 full- and part-time students.

MVCC also serves an additional 6,000 people through its corporate and community education programs, and its campuses welcome more than 50,000 people annually for community events.

To learn more about MVCC and its programs, visit  


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