Barnes and Noble Fundraiser

Stop by Barnes & Noble on Thursday, December 15, 2016 to support the Literacy Coalition with your purchase.

Where: Barnes & Noble, 4811 Commercial Dr. New Hartford

  • 10am: See The BOCES Rome ACCESS Site ESL Class perform!
  • 11am: Experience a music and literature performance
  • 1pm: Participate in a Children’s Hour with songs and guitar accompaniment
  • 2pm: Local Magician to perform
  • 4pm & 7pm: Enjoy performances from the Jr. B Sharp group
  • 5pm: Book reading

If you would like to volunteer, please contact:

Visit BN.COM/bookfairs to support us online from 12/15/16 to 12/20/16 by entering Bookfair ID 12049656 at checkout.


EZ Read Community Bookshelf Event

When: 11/19/2016 11AM-4PM

Where: Veteran’s Outreach Center, 726 Washington St. Utica

Help us to sort out boxes of donated books for our community bookshelves! Meet at 11 inside the main doors of the Veteran’s Outreach Center. The book storage room is a large, dusty, and often chilly room, so please dress accordingly.

If you’d like to volunteer, just stop on by! If you have any questions, please contact:

On Point for College Annual Celebration

Join us for On Point for College Utica’s Annual Celebration Dinner!

6-9 pm, Thursday, November 10th, 2016
Daniele’s Banquet Specialists
8360 Seneca Turnpike
New Hartford, NY 13413

Purchase tickets or help sponsor the event here.


Youth Mental Health First Aid Training

Youth Mental Health First Aid (YMHFA) is a program that teaches family members, friends, school personnel, social service and agency staff, and neighbors how to recognize and help a youth who may be developing a mental health problem or experiencing a mental health or substance abuse crisis. You can help those in need!

Many of the most common mental health disorders begin during adolescence.  The importance of identifying and addressing mental health issues during this 12 to 18 year-old life period cannot be overstated.  This training provides information on identifying the signs and symptoms of mental health disorders/crises in youth, as well as risk factors and protective factors for this population; utilizing effective approach and communication skills; and connecting youth and families to available professional and community resources.

With Project AWARE grant funding through the U.S. Substance Abuse and Mental Health Services Administration, Madison-Oneida BOCES is proud to present:

Youth Mental Health First Aid (an 8 hour course) August 17, 2016

Madison-Oneida BOCES, TriPlexus Building, Seminar Room
4937 Spring Road
Verona, NY 13478

  • Lunch will be at least 30 minutes. Bring your own if you choose, a refrigerator and microwave are available.
  • Sign in will begin at 7:50am, instruction begins promptly at 8:00am.
  • Instructors are certified by the National Council on Behavioral Health.

To Register:
Call Lisa Seitz, Madison-Oneida BOCES at 315-361-5759 (leave message if necessary) or email

You will receive a registration confirmation; that is necessary to attend.

*Registration limited to 30 persons each session.
*Training is offered at no charge to participants.

Aug 17 2016 YMHFA Flyer

Summer Learning Day

Summer Learning Day is July 14th!

Attached are social media ideas from the National Summer Learning Association. This is a fun, easy way to participate in the Summer Learning Day, even if you don’t have an event planned.

For additional communication tools check out the NSLA Toolkit: Summer Learning Resources


2016 Social Media Blurbs

College Completion Conference

Hosted by On Point for College

Friday, July 15, 2016 9:30AM-3:30PM at MVCC

$25 Registration (scholarships available); Continental breakfast and lunch provided.

Register online:

View flyer for more information: College Completion Conference Flyer

On Point for College Celebration Dinner

Join On Point for College for their Celebration Dinner! An evening for you to learn how On Point for College in Utica has helped over 700 first-generation youth get to college, thrive there, and succeed… all in its first three years!

On Point for College Event


Women’s Employment & Resource Ctr. offers free training

WERC in Utica is offering free Customer Service and Professional Pathways training this fall. See attachments for more info.



Funding headed to UC, Utica Rt. 5S project and Roosevelt Park project

Philip A. Vanno

Posted by the Utica Observer Dispatch Aug. 20, 2015 at 9:26 PM

As if finding out General Electric and AMS will be bringing almost 1,500 nano jobs to the region wasn’t enough, the Mohawk Valley’s Capital for a Day event closed with several more announcements that will also have a big impact.

Led by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul, state and local officials recapped the region’s monumental day Thursday afternoon at the Radisson Hotel-Utica Centre and announced the following:

* Utica College was awarded $500,000 for its business school in downtown Utica that will bring 400 students to the area daily.
* $9 million will be given to the redevelopment of Utica’s 5S Corridor that is slated to get underway in 2017.
* The state purchased 1,130 acres of land in Oriskany for $10 million that will be used to further develop the New York Sate Preparedness Training Center.
* $2 million was awarded to the Roosevelt Park project that will bring 50 affordable housing units to the Cornhill section of Utica.
* Herkimer County Community College was given $1 million for a workforce development program that partners them up with the state Power Authority to train students to become professionals in the field of energy.
* $9.4 million will be dedicated to flood prevention projects on streams in Oneida, Herkimer and Montgomery counties.

“This is a revolutionary change for the greater-Utica area and the region,” Utica Mayor Robert Palmieri said. “What has happened today is a transformation that I, in my lifetime, have not seen. The people of this region have hope and that hope was wrought today. I can’t express how happy I am not only for myself and my city, but for all the people who put in this blood, sweat and tears for all of these years. Today is the day that we celebrate as one.”

Cuomo: $3.5B Nano deal will change Utica ‘for generations to come’

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced GE and Austrian company AMS will both be coming to Marcy, bringing roughly 1,500 additional jobs and billions of dollars in private investment to Nano Utica.

Original Article By Observer-Dispatch
Posted Aug. 20, 2015 at 11:28 am
Updated Aug 20, 2015 at 6:24 PM

Gov. Andrew Cuomo today announced GE and Austrian company AMS will both be coming to Marcy, bringing roughly 1,500 additional jobs and billions of dollars in private investment to Nano Utica.

That brings the total investment in the Marcy facilities to more than $3.5 billion, and puts the total expected jobs at 2,500, officials said.
GE will invest $200 million in the project and bring 470 jobs to Quad-C.

Chip manufacturer AMS will invest $2 billion in the first phase of its involvement and bring at least 1,000 jobs to the area.

“I can count on one hand how many time I’ve been at events I believed were truly transformative and historic … this is one of those moments,” Cuomo said during the 11 a.m. news conference.

AMS is a multinational corporation based in Austria that creates high performance sensor solutions. Its initial $2 billion will support the creation of a 360,000-square-foot wafer fabrication facility in Marcy, with construction expected to begin next spring

At least 700 full-time jobs and at least 500 additional support jobs are expected over time, a news release stated.

GE Global Research, meanwhile, will expand its New York operations to be the anchor tenant at Quad-C on the SUNY Polytechnic Institute campus.

According to a news release from the governor, nearly 500 jobs are expected to be created at Quad-C in the next five years, and another 350 will follow in the five years after that.

In total, the release said, plans for Nano Utica include the addition of more than 4,000 jobs by 2025.

“This is a transformative moment that will make a difference in peoples’ lives in the Mohawk Valley for generations to come,” Cuomo said in the release. “Over the past few years, we have worked to reverse the negative and invest in Upstate New York – and today we’re taking another huge step forward. … The Mohawk Valley is beginning an economic revolution around nanotechnology, and I am excited to see the region take off and thrive, both today and in the years ahead.”
As part of the announcement, Cuomo talked about the area’s history of manufacturing, and how GE had left the area once before, in part due to the state’s former taxation and regulation policies, he said.

“I went to GE and said, ‘You were right. I understand why you left … but we’ve changed,” Cuomo said.

The O-D reported last month that Austria-based AMS had signed a deal to open a chip fabrication plant somewhere in upstate New York, but officials at the time would not confirm that it was coming to the Marcy site.

At that time, the company stated it would rent its facility for a period of 20 years and that the fab is expected to become fully operational by 2017. AMS “also plans to establish a design center at the Tech Valley location with a focus on advanced wafer scale packaging,” according to the original news release.