(WKTV) - New students at Mohawk Valley Community College were asked to sign a pledge Tuesday saying they will succeed in school.
According to MVCC President Randall VanWagoner, Oneida County lags behind in state and national averages for college graduation. Tuesday's pledge is designed to change that statistic.
A national honor society facilitates these events at community colleges nationwide. this is the third time MVCC has participated, and the effort appears to be paying off.
"It's one thing to commit to yourself, your family," said VanWagoner. "But it's another thing to be part of an academic community of learners that are committing to completing their college degree and committing to the faculty and staff to support them."
The students walked away from today's event with a card they can stick in their wallets to remind them to be engaged both in the classroom and in the community.