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Oneida County, MVCC partnership provides trades experience for students

By Eric Reinhardt


Students from the masonry and carpentry program at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) lay down the framework for new concrete sidewalks at Murnane Field in Utica. Their work is part of a partnership between MVCC and Oneida County. (Photo provided by Oneida County).

UTICA, N.Y. — Carpentry and masonry students at Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC) will help make improvements to Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field in Utica.

Their work is part of an MVCC partnership with Oneida County, per an Oneida County news release.

A group of 20 students from MVCC’s carpentry and masonry program recently began laying the framing for concrete sidewalks within Murnane Field’s grounds. The students should complete their work in November and will continue to work on other projects at the stadium over the next several semesters.

Those projects will include tile work, upgrading the existing dugouts, and building an enclosed batting cage.

Students in the one-year certificate program get applied training in construction-trades techniques including foundation work, flatwork, brick work, block work, rough framing, and roofing, window, and door installation, Oneida County said.

“With all of the growth that is occurring throughout Oneida County right now, this type of mutually beneficial relationship gives these students the chance to prepare to take advantage of the multiple opportunities that will be presenting themselves in the form of major construction projects,” Oneida County Executive Anthony Picente Jr. said in the release. “And it gives us the added benefit of saving our taxpayers money while making vital improvements to a county facility that is an integral part of our community. This is exactly the kind of creative partnership that continues to move this county forward.”

Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field is currently home to the baseball teams of MVCC, T.R. Proctor High School, and the Utica Blue Sox of the Perfect Game Collegiate Baseball League. It also hosts multiple baseball tournaments, the most recent of which was the American Legion Junior Tournament in July.

“This stadium is a tremendous asset to our community and an outstanding addition to our quality of life,” said Frank DuRoss, VP of community development at MVCC, who serves as a board member for the Oneida County Sports Facility Authority. “Donovan Stadium is the first impression many young athletes and their families have of Oneida County and we at the Sports Authority take that impression very seriously. That is why we are investing in upgrading the facility and this partnership is a perfect way to do just that.”

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