Mohawk Valley Community College has partnered with a local manufacturer to give students an opportunity to gain valuable experience as interns in the private sector.

Through the partnership with Briggs & Stratton in Sherill, students enrolled in MVCC’s welding certificate and degree programs gained real-world experience as interns this fall, working side-by-side with Briggs & Stratton employees.

The last day of instruction was followed by the first day of work for some due to Briggs & Stratton extending offers of full-time employment to a few students.

Briggs & Stratton currently has upwards of 100 unfilled positions, and the impending move of production jobs from Wisconsin to Sherrill will further increase the company’s demand for a skilled workforce in advanced manufacturing.

“We take immense pride in producing the highest quality lawn mowers and we are fully cognizant that our employees are essential for our continued success,” said Erin Zuck, Human Resource Manager at Briggs & Stratton. “We firmly believe that this partnership with Mohawk Valley Community College’s welding program will create a consistent pipeline of skilled workers to fill the needs of our manufacturing operation.”

Tim Thomas, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs at MVCC, added, “This partnership is evidence of the College’s ability to quickly respond to workforce and industry demands, and it’s an outcome of Briggs & Stratton’s expanding operation and recent economic development successes.”

MVCC offers a one-year certificate in welding and an AOS degree in welding technology. The program prepares students for actual welding work, or for positions as welding inspectors, welding laboratory technicians, or welding supply and equipment sales representatives. For more information on the programs, 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. With campuses in Utica and Rome, MVCC is the region’s 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.

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