MVCC Center of Excellence for Leadership Wins CEANY Award

UTICA – The Center for Leadership Excellence at Mohawk Valley Community College, as well as the Griffiss Institute, have won the James C. Hall Program: Outstanding Business / Organization Collaboration award as part of their Summer Professional Development Institute, which aims to train leaders ready to make an impact as they enter the workforce.

The award was presented at the James C. Hall Exemplary Program Awards Ceremony Nov. 18 at the Continuing Education Association of New York (CEANY) Annual Conference in Saratoga Springs.

Through the Griffiss Institute Internship Program, interns who are currently undergraduate and graduate students at 81 colleges and universities across the country are connected to summer employment at the Air Force Research Lab.

As these individuals progress through their internship, the Griffiss Institute promoted the Summer Professional Development Institute and called on CLE to facilitate trainings in which students sharpened their personal brand and skills. in public speaking, developed tools to engage audiences and networked with innovators and regional influencers. learn first-hand the important role leadership plays in community development and economic and workforce development.

“The GI Internship Program is firmly committed with AFRL to develop and diversify the talent pool with the best and brightest minds for the advancement of the future scientific and technical workforce,” said Jennifer McCullough of GI, who, along with Tiffany DeLuca, runs the Internship Program. “Strong leadership is a key skill that the Department of Defense and other employers are looking for, and our partnership with MVCC CLE allows our interns to excel in this set of leadership skills. “

Thanks to the work of the Griffiss Institute, eight of the interns over the past three years have received job offers and have moved to the Mohawk Valley or been retained in the area instead of leaving their hometown in search of a job. career. after graduation. This greatly increases the leadership capacity of the local workforce and contributes to the economic development of our community, officials said.

“We are honored that this partnership is recognized for its excellence, just as we were honored when the GI chose CLE to provide leadership training to better prepare interns for entry into the workforce,” said Kristen Skobla, Executive Director of CLE.

“We applaud the Griffiss Institute’s commitment to attracting and retaining the best talent and taking deliberate steps to diversify the regional STEM workforce. This exceptional partnership is the result of our shared commitment to the Mohawk Valley. CLE and IM share the belief that leadership development is crucial to creating an organization where staff are prepared to effectively lead teams, weather crises and adapt to change, transforming our community one organization at a time. .

As winners of this award, the CLE and the GI will present their program at the CEANY 2022 annual conference.

The Griffiss Institute (GI) is a non-profit STEM talent and technology accelerator for the United States Department of Defense and an international network of academic, government, and industry partners.

Since 2002, the GI has served the Directorate of Information of the Air Force Research Laboratory (AFRL / RI), the Mohawk Valley region and the United States, providing various teams with development programs of talents and technologies that lead the country in terms of technical and economic impact. Dedicated to bringing teams and technologies together to solve complex national challenges, IM is proud to build its international network from its headquarters at Innovare Advancement Center in New York’s scenic Mohawk Valley. To learn more about the Griffiss Institute, please visit

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