December Business of the Month is…

Advanced Atomization Technologies, LLC 

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that Advanced Atomization Technologies, LLC is the December “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

Back row, left to right: Dave Overholt, General Manager, Jeremy Gerevics, Leadership Black Belt Mfg. Tech Front row left to right: Blair Bacher, Human Resource Team Leader, Eric Neyts, Operations Leader, Brooke Rourke, Human Resource Specialist.

Back row, left to right: Dave Overholt, General Manager, Jeremy Gerevics, Leadership Black Belt Mfg. Tech Front row left to right: Blair Bacher, Human Resource Team Leader, Eric Neyts, Operations Leader, Brooke Rourke, Human Resource Specialist.

Advanced Atomization Technologies, LLC, (AA TECH) located in Clyde, NY is an aircraft engine parts manufacturer.  A joint venture between Parker Aerospace and GE Aviation formed in 2012, AA Tech employs approximately 350 skilled assemblers, technicians, engineers, and other professionals in the production of advanced fuel nozzles and related products for GE Aviation.  In October the company announced plans to expand and update its manufacturing facility and office building to accommodate an increased demand for work with plans to hire 80-100 additional team members over the next five years.

Throughout this process AA Tech has been working with Finger Lakes Works to assist with recruiting efforts by posting its openings with the Finger Lakes Works Job bank.  Human Resource Specialist Brooke Rourke has recently joined Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (FAME) and is active on the Pipeline committee.  AA Tech has also participated on Employer Panel Presentations providing important information to high school counselors and teachers regarding the career opportunities that exist in advanced manufacturing.

“The FLWIB is excited to partner with AA Tech as they expand their facilities in Clyde and continue to develop their advanced manufacturing workforce.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.

Spotlight On…

The Young Family

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Every year the men of the Young family volunteer to help out at the Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! career exploration event for area high school youth and this year was no exception! With veteran Heavy Equipment Coordinator, Brian Young (Director, Ontario County Workforce Development) called out of town for business, Brian’s family members grabbed their hardhats and jumped in to keep things running smoothly for the 600+ high schoolers in attendance that day.

Coordinating the 29 pieces of heavy equipment and multiple outdoor exhibits was Brian’s nephew, Tim Young, with assistance from Brian’s son, Grant Young, brothers Paul and Kevin Young, and Brian’s father, Jerry Young!( as seen in photo)

Thanks to the Young family for being an important part of the volunteer team for Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! We appreciate their hard work and dedication in introducing skilled trades careers to Finger Lakes youth.

Spotlight On…

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Congratulations to recent graduates of the Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES Nursing Assistant program.  Instruction was provided on-site at Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation, Waterloo, NY,  through a unique partnership with BOCES and the healthcare facility.  Congratulations to all!

FAME Annual Event

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Driving a New National Skills Policy:

How Local Partnerships like FAME Are Making a Difference!   

January 28, 2015 – 4 to 6:30 p.m.   REGISTER NOW!
The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME) is pleased to present Mr. Andy VanKleunen of the National Skills Coalition (Washington DC) at its annual industry/education event on January 28, 2015 at Monroe Community College. Mr. VanKleunen will discuss key workforce topics, including the new WIOA(Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funding that has been restructured to favor sector partnership strategies. This is particularly relevant for New York State, since it is forecasted to be an ‘early implementer’ of WIOA.
Event location details:
Monroe Community College, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Warshof Conference Center, Monroe A and B, 1000 E. Henrietta Road, Rochester, NY

Parking: M and M1 lots

Online event registration now available!

Event pricing:
FAME members:
$25 per company (up to 5 attendees)

Non-FAME members: $25 per person

Regional educators: FREE (must pre-register)

Event weblink:

http://www.nyfame.org/FAMEVanKleunenEventJan28_2015.asp

Thank you to our event sponsors!

Interested in sponsoring this event? Click here!

This event is being hosted by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.

The Herman Trend Alert

The following “Trend Alert” is a direct result of Ms. Gioia’s visit to the Finger Lakes on October 22nd. The Exploring program offers so much for young people in our area! Read on for more information.

November 19, 2014

Exploring What Works in Workforce Development

There is a quiet revolution happening in communities around the world. Workforce and economic developers, school administrators, and forward-thinking corporate executives are collaborating to help youth choose the “right” careers for them. One of the best solutions we have encountered is called “The Exploring Program”. This program offers a model that may be copied for young people around the world.

Sponsored by the Boy Scouts of America and the Seneca Waterways Council, The Exploring Program is operated for middle and high school youth in the Greater Rochester/Finger Lakes region of New York in the United States. Exploring is a career-education program that allows students to learn more about particular careers through a series of hands-on activities led by working people. Through Exploring, young people mature and prepare themselves to become responsible and caring adults.

Local community organizations initiate an Explorer post by matching their people and program resources to the interests of young people in the community. The result is a program of activities that helps youth pursue their special interests, grow, and develop. Exploring programs are based on five areas of emphasis: career opportunities, life skills, citizenship, character education, and leadership experience.

Everyone wins with Exploring. The youth win because they gain career information, insight into their future vocations, plus they enjoy a sense of acceptance and belonging to the “right” group. They participate in adult-like activities, having practical, real, and meaningful hands-on experiences in safe environments. It also keeps them involved in positive youth activities, avoiding negative behaviors. Finally, they have opportunities to try leadership roles and develop their skills, not to mention their chances to develop career and personal skills.

The company’s employees benefit as well. Because they are “teaching” young people, they gain greater job awareness, they develop their own leadership and problem-solving skills, and they enjoy the opportunity for greater community involvement.

Finally, the organizations benefit in many ways. Companies develop team-building attitudes within their companies. They have the opportunity to interpret adult occupational roles for youth, while preparing young adults for transition from school to work. The companies demonstrate their visible commitments to the welfare of their communities. In these days of workforce shortages, their biggest win is that they are having opportunities to influence young people to choose them for their first employers, and to ensure their own success into the future by creating this valuable pipeline.

Wise employers, large and small, will do everything they can to reach out in their communities to create programs like this one where everybody wins.

For more information go to www.SWCexploring.org, or call the Exploring division at: 585-244-4210.

Copyright 1998-2014 by The Herman Group, Inc. — reproduction for publication is encouraged, with the following attribution: From “The Herman Trend Alert,” by Joyce Gioia, Strategic Business Futurist. 336-210-3547 or http://www.hermangroup.com. The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc.”

The November Business of the Month is…

CNC TECHNICAL SERVICES of VICTOR, NY!!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that CNC Technical Services is November’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

(from left) Kathy Bailey, Business Services Representative from Finger Lakes Works – Ontario County, Kevin Lootens, President of CNC Technical Services, Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the FLWIB, and Brian Young, Director of Finger Lakes Works – Ontario County.

(from left) Kathy Bailey, Business Services Representative from Finger Lakes Works – Ontario County, Kevin Lootens, President of CNC Technical Services, Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the FLWIB, and Brian Young, Director of Finger Lakes Works – Ontario County.

Originally providing field service for various CNC machine brands back in 2003, CNC Technical Services quickly branched out to provide preventative maintenance and other supplementary services. In 2008, they ventured into the parts business, providing new and exchange parts for the majority of the CNC milling and turning equipment on the market today. Being able to offer parts, service, and technical support on a multitude of CNC equipment, they quickly grew their customer database to the current level of nearly 600 customers.  In order to support this growth, company president, Kevin Lootens, accessed Finger Lakes Works Job Bank to help with recruiting and the On the Job Training program to help train the company’s workforce. “It has been a great resource for us;” says Kevin “We have filled positions within our organization with applicants through Finger Lakes Works, which has been vital for our sustained growth”.

In addition to CNC Technical Services, Kevin is also the President of the Technical Career Training Institute (TCTI). Along with Vice-President Bob Sciscento, they became a member of the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (FAME) and have worked closely with Finger Lakes Community College, assisting them with their Mechatronics training program, which gives job seekers the required skills for the advanced manufacturing field. “From the very first meeting it was evident that Kevin had a passion for developing a pipeline of skilled workers not only for his business but for the advanced manufacturing sector as a whole.” said Mike Manikowski, Ontario County Office of Economic Development. The FLCC program has been running at the facility since September and is scheduled to graduate its first class in December.

“The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is fortunate to have a partner with the energy and enthusiasm Kevin has.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB. “We look forward to continuing this partnership as we work together to close the skill gaps that exist in our local workforce.”

Spotlight On…

Rayburn Masonry

Floyd Rayburn of Rayburn Masonry in Canandaigua, is an exhibitor who instructs the students in how to lay brick and concrete. Every year the Rayburn Masonry staff assist student participants in constructing a permanent masonry project that is donated to the Rodman Lott and Son Farms in thanks for the use of their buildings and grounds for the event. This year the students built a semi – circular, brick flower garden wall that the Lotts will enjoy for years to come.  Floyd laments that he cannot find enough interested applicants to fill his company’s mason and apprenticeship positions. He explains that he exhibits at “Finger Lakes Works. .. with their hands!” to introduce young people to career opportunities in the masonry field. Thank you to Floyd and his staff for your donation of time, energy, supplies, and knowledge every year. We couldn’t do the event without dedicated exhibitors like you!

Pictures of this years structure built by Rayburn Masonry and area high school students:

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Finished Product:

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Projects by Rayburn Masonry and area high school students at Lott Farms from previous years:

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The above photo was taken of the Lott family in front of their farm. The planter in the picture was one of Rayburn’s structures built for “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” 

October Business of the Month is…

RODMAN LOTT & SON FARMS of Seneca County!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Rodman Lott & Son Farms is October’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’ contributions to the community and to the local economy.

(from left) Ben, Ralph, Shirley, Tara, Rodman & Blake Lott receive the award.

(from left) Ben, Ralph, Shirley, Tara, Rodman & Blake Lott receive the award.

Rodman Lott & Son Farms, owned and operated by Ralph, Shirley, Rodman and Ben Lott, has been in business since 1980 and farm over 3,500 acres of mostly soy beans and corn. For the last nine years Rodman Lott & Son Farms has also hosted the annual career exploration day known as “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” organized by the FLWIB.  This event provides hands-on activities for high school students to learn about Middle Skilled jobs in the Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing fields.  Over the years, “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” has grown into an event that schools and businesses look forward to annually. This year’s event hosted 635 students from 30 schools. Forty-three exhibitors representing businesses, training providers, community based organizations and government agencies were also in attendance providing information, equipment, and hands-on activities.

“The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is very proud of the partnership with Rodman Lott & Son Farms that has developed over the years. We are very grateful for the use of their land and facilities to hold our event.  It is a great venue and the students always enjoy it.   It is a great example of how businesses can work with the FLWIB to benefit local students while supplying a pipeline of workers for the future” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB. “We look forward to continuing this partnership.”