Ted Kennedy

Craryville, NY

#1 Jan 25, 2014
If HCCC was located in any other location would the name be changed?(Ilion College, Frankfort College, Mohawk College, Little Falls College) this is a county college not a village college. How many other county colleges in the state are not referred to with "county" in the name? Seems to be an affront to the rest of the county taxpayers.
Sammy

Fort Plain, NY

#2 Jan 25, 2014
Ted Kennedy wrote:
If HCCC was located in any other location would the name be changed?(Ilion College, Frankfort College, Mohawk College, Little Falls College) this is a county college not a village college. How many other county colleges in the state are not referred to with "county" in the name? Seems to be an affront to the rest of the county taxpayers.
What?
Sarah P

Syracuse, NY

#3 Jan 25, 2014
you can put lipstick on a pig, but at the end of the day, it is still a pig
resident

Holyoke, MA

#4 Jan 26, 2014
Changing the name won't do anything but misrepresent the fact that it's a community college that gets funds from Herkimer County. This attempt to cover up the fact in order to try to look better on paper is the same kind of coverup and deceit that has been going on at HCCC for years. And to think our taxpayer money was wasted by the Herkimer County Communtiy College board at the request of the HCCC president is disgusting. Thank God she will retire and leave.
resident

Holyoke, MA

#5 Jan 26, 2014
By taxpayer money being wasted I mean they hired a consulting firm to see how they can improve their image, and that firm came up with this idea.
Dave

Herkimer, NY

#6 Jan 26, 2014
They need to bring back the fireworks. They could ask for small donations all over the valley, all year round to offset the cost.
resident

Herkimer, NY

#7 Jan 26, 2014
True. Instead of trying to separate themselves from the community they should embrace the community and actively participate in it.
MVCC East

Rome, NY

#8 Mar 4, 2014
UTICA, N.Y.(WKTV)-- Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente put a bold proposal on the table at his State of the County speech Tuesday.

He's suggesting a merger between two local community colleges, Mohawk Valley Community College and Herkimer College.

"A merger of MVCC and HCCC would show not only our boldness of thought, but our disregard to the notion of the impossible. At the very least we owe it to our tax payers, our constituents and our students to see if it can work," said Picente.

Herkimer and Oneida Counties are already partners in many ways- they share a water authority, a solid waste authority and participate in two-county planning. When it comes to further consolidation, Picente says no area should be considered off limits.

The colleges are only about 15 miles apart, and offer similar courses, and Picente believes intersecting interests should be met with an intersecting approach.

At this time, Herkimer College is also searching for a new president. Picente is suggesting to use this time to search for a new model as well.

Chairman of the Herkimer County Legislature Vincent Bono commended Picente's proposal.

"We may be able to start with sharing a president- something as simple as that is the start and then from there we can build on that. And again we need a catalyst and Anthony's been very good we talked about it a few months ago and I told him our doors are open and we're willing to do that," said Bono.

Bono did say there would be many obstacles and questions to consider- such as merging curricula, unions and examining the debt that would be incurred. But, he said this is the right discussion to be having and says they should also consider consolidating other facets of county government such as public safety and department of public works.

Still no word on how the respective colleges feel about the idea.

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