Oneida County and Mohawk Valley Community College are teaming up to provide carpentry and masonry students with valuable hands-on experience making improvements at Donovan Stadium at Murnane Field.

County Executive Anthony Picente and MVCC President Randall VanWagoner announced the partnership on Thursday.

Students in the college's masonry and carpentry program will be laying the framing for part of the stadium's renovation project.

"MVCC is fortunate to be able to partner on this great project," said VanWagoner.  "It's a unique opportunity for MVCC students to not only learn their craft and prepare for future employment, but also to use their skills for the betterment of our community by helping to upgrade an asset like Murnane Field. This is applied learning in action and underscores MVCC's commitment to positive community change."

Twenty students began laying the framing for concrete sidewalks this week.

That work is expected to be completed in November, but the students will continue to work on other projects at the stadium over the next several semesters.

photo courtesy of Oneida County Executive's Office