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Alum Holly Young standing with Professor Benny Hunziker

Cultivating Knowledge

Originally from the Corning area, Dr. Holly M. (Preston) Young earned an Associate’s degree in Math and Science from CCC in 1998 before pursuing a Marine Biology degree at the University of North Carolina at Wilmington (UNCW). Upon earning her Bachelor’s from UNCW, she was awarded an internship at the National Oceanic & Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) facility in Beaufort, NC. 

She moved back to Corning after completing the internship at NOAA and worked as a research technician at Corning Incorporated. Holly was then offered a research assistant position at Harvard Medical School and lived in Cambridge, Massachusetts, for three years prior to attending graduate school at Penn State University in State College, Pennsylvania, where she earned a Master’s degree in Biology and a Doctorate in Kinesiology. 

Named in honor of Corning Community College’s first President, Dr. William L. Perry, this award serves to recognize an alumnus whose career has cultivated knowledge and contributed to a greater understanding of the world at large. As a tenured associate professor at Keuka College, Holly does just that. She teaches Anatomy & Physiology and Applied Anatomy for the Occupational Therapy Division. Her current research interests include exploring the use of technology to measure body joint range of motion, and she recently presented her research at the American Occupational Therapy Association annual conference in Philadelphia. Her career path in the sciences has been diverse and rewarding, and the foundational knowledge she learned at CCC helped fuel the passion necessary for a successful science career. 

Holly resides in Keuka Park with her husband, Brett.

In 2017, Holly was awarded the Perry Education Professional Award from CCC.