Title: Education Educator (Retired)
Company: Utica College
Location: Whitesboro, New York, United States
Vincent J. Cattat, PhD, retired Education Educator at Utica College, has been recognized by Marquis Who’s Who Top Educators for dedication, achievements, and leadership in education.
Dr. Cattat’s father owned Utica Metal products and had many workers in his company. As he got older, he decided that he didn’t want to go to college because he wanted to work for his father. His father had people apply for jobs there, and Dr. Cattat would always ask them why they didn’t go to college. The applicants always said it was because they thought they couldn’t do it. At that time, Dr. Cattat wasn’t interested in going to school either, but the more he started talking to them, the more he started helping them, and he could see that if people push themselves they are capable of doing what they think they aren’t able to do. This led Dr. Cattat to decide to go to college and he ended up earning a BA, MA, PhD and a MBA in college. After college, SUNY Cortland certified him in special education, school psychology and as a school counselor. He was also certified in administration by the state of New York.
The highlight of Dr. Cattat’s career is his students coming to him after they have graduated for advice. He goes to the same three restaurants in town and the waiters and hostesses ask him for advice. They want to go to college and want to know how they can do that or they want to go but their parents can’t afford it and Dr. Cattat helps them or has their parents call him to help them find a way. Dr. Cattat started his career with Utica Public Schools as a special education teacher in 1970. He held that position until 1975 when he became a counselor until 1980. In 1980, he became an assistant superintendent at Camden Community School District, where he remained for five years. From there, Dr. Cattat took on the role of administrator for the Frankfort Schylar Community School District and he remained there until 2003. In 2003, he became an adjunct professor at Utica College and held that position until he retired in 2017.
As a testament to his success, Dr. Cattat received a Lifetime Achievement Award from Utica College in 2012. He has also been listed in the 64th, 65th, 66th, 67th and 68th edition of Who’s Who in America.
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