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“Optimize Your Future” featuring Joyce Gioia

Our October 22nd event will be held at the Ramada Inn, Geneva Lakefront featuring Ms. Joyce Gioia. There are still opportunities to sponsor this event! THERE ARE ALSO SPECIAL DISCOUNTS ON TICKETS UNTIL SEPTEMBER 12TH!! Don’t miss out!

******CLICK HERE TO REGISTER AND/OR SPONSOR THIS EVENT!!******

Joyce Gioia

Ms. Joyce Gioia is an award-winning marketing strategist who will be speaking to the topic of generational diversity in the workplace, as well as future trends in the economy and workforce development.

Sponsored by: Seneca County IDA, Workforce Development Institute, Ontario County IDA, Canandaigua National Bank, Wayne County IDA, Assemblyman Brian Kolb

September Business of the Month is…

INDIAN PINES FARM MARKET of PENN YAN, NY!!

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

Indian Pines Farm Market stand is a small, family operated business located in Penn Yan that quietly makes a big and lasting imprint on Yates County youth. The location has hosted a fruit stand for many years, but has been under its current ownership since 2005. Since that time Indian Pines Farm Market has employed up to 4 youth each year as part of the Summer Youth Employment Program. This is not just an employment opportunity, but a life and learning opportunity for those lucky enough to work there.

Loree Martin, Yates County Youth Counselor presents the award to Lonnie Jones, Owner of Indian Pines Farm Market.

Loree Martin, Yates County Youth Counselor presents the award to Lonnie Jones, Owner of Indian Pines Farm Market.

The business owner Lonnie Jones works to mentor these youth and give them as many different experiences as possible. While working at the stand, the youth are given the opportunity to take on both front end and back end responsibilities. They are given customer service experience as well as an opportunity to interact with and serve the public. Expectations are defined and supported on a daily basis. Youth become familiar with local produce and are able to answer questions concerning varietals, uses, preparation, or whatever people may think to ask. They are able to run the cash register and make change. They operate the scale and weigh out individual orders.

In the back end of the operation, youth are exposed to packing, packaging, quality control and again weights and measurements. They know how to store and prepare items for sale. They keep the shelves and coolers stocked and appealing to customers.  They learn responsibility and lifelong skills that will contribute towards future successes in education and employment.

The fruit stand employs six full time employees, and offers fresh local fruits and vegetables, flowers, perennials, as well as small trees and shrubs. Gardening needs such as mulch or potting soil can also be purchased. Fresh baked goods, such as cookies, pies and breads are always available. Indian Pines Farm Market offers a large selection of local jams and jellies, salad dressing, marinades, honey, coffee and cheese. The store is always well stocked with whatever is in season, including greenery in the winter months, and is clean and consistently friendly.

One youth is typically hired on after the summer season ends, making the transition from employment program participant to employee. It’s a win/win situation for everyone involved!

“We are happy to highlight and recognize Indian Pines Farm Market for working so closely with the community’s youth as they transition to the world of work.” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.

September Board Meeting

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. invites the public to attend the September 2014 Full Board Meeting.

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

Time: 8:30am

The Ramada Inn – Geneva Lakefront

 Please RSVP with your attendance to the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board by September 15, 2014.

For more information please call, 315-789-3131.

Spotlight On…

THE 9TH ANNUAL “FINGER LAKES WORKS…WITH THEIR HANDS!” EVENT

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Finger Lakes Works…with their hands! is our annual Skilled Trades and Advanced Manufacturing career exploration event. Every year several hundred students and school personnel from all area high schools and BOCES districts attend this exciting event. More than 50 businesses, trade unions, colleges and organizations will provide hands on demonstrations and activities for the students including welding, pole climbing, nail driving competitions, engineering skills, bricklaying, electrical wiring, the actual operation of heavy equipment and much, much MORE!

In addition to Careers in Construction and Skilled Trades, students can learn about Advanced Manufacturing and Alternative Energy. Demonstrations on the importance of working safely in a construction environment are also included in the day. All participants enjoy a science show entitled ‘Physics is Phun!’  Students can participate in a variety of Skilled Trades challenges for the opportunity to win one of 5, $50 Gift Cards. Both the exhibitors and the students have always indicated that this is a great way to learn more about career and educational opportunities in our Finger Lakes area.

To register your school, click here.

To register as a volunteer, click here.

To sponsor this event, click here.

To register an exhibit, click here.

For more information, please contact Pat Gopen at pgopen@fingerlakesworks.com or at (315) 789-3131 ext. 104

Business of the Month for August 2014 is…

SILGAN CONTAINERS IN LYONS, NY!

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

Silgan Containers, located in Lyons, NY is a leading North American manufacturer of consumer goods packaging products that currently produces steel and aluminum containers for human and pet food consumption.  Silgan Containers is a 3.8 billion dollar a year Company with 28 Plants in the United States and 10 in Europe.  The Lyons Plant manufactures 2 million aluminum two piece cans and 2 million steel three piece cans per day.

Human Resources Manager, Rick Murphy (left) and Tom Kaczynski, Plant Manager at Silgan in Lyons receiving the award.

Human Resources Manager, Rick Murphy (left) and Tom Kaczynski, Plant Manager at Silgan in Lyons receiving the award.

Manufacturing these products requires a highly skilled workforce. Silgan currently employs just over 100 full time employees.  Over the years, Silgan Containers have posted jobs with Finger Lakes Works and has participated in various recruiting events and job fairs sponsored by the FLWIB.  Additionally, Silgan has used the On the Job Training program as a part of their training and retention strategy for new hires.

In 2012, Human Resource Manager, Rick Murphy joined the FLWIB.  He is the current chair-person of the Hiring and Training Committee, a member of the Pipeline Committee and a member of the Executive Committee of the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise (FAME).  Rick has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works to supply his Company with highly skilled workers.

“The FLWIB is pleased to recognize Silgan Containers for their partnerships with the community organizations in an effort to grow their workforce in Wayne County” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB.

Business of the Month for July 2014 is….

Finger Lakes Health!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that Finger Lakes Health, located in Geneva , NY is July’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the agency’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.

What started in 1898 as Geneva General Hospital has grown into a multi-institutional health system that provides a full range of acute and long term care health services to residents of the Finger Lakes region.  Acute and long term care services are provided on three campuses located in Ontario, Seneca and Yates Counties. Primary care services are provided in Seneca, Wayne and Yates Counties.

From left to right: Patrick Boyle, Vice President of Human Resources- Finger lakes Health;  Lina B. Brennan, Human Resources Manager-Finger Lakes Health; Jose Acevedo, M.D., MBA-President & C.E.O-Finger Lakes Health.

From left to right: Patrick Boyle, Vice President of Human Resources- Finger lakes Health; Lina B. Brennan, Human Resources Manager-Finger Lakes Health; Jose Acevedo, M.D., MBA-President & C.E.O-Finger Lakes Health.

Education has played an important role at Finger Lakes Health, almost since its inception. As a center for education with on-site Finger Lakes College of Nursing and Marion S Whelan LPN program, Finger Lakes Health must keep on top of the latest knowledge in healthcare as well as the newest in technology in order to attract “the brightest and the best.”  This means building partnerships w/ local schools, colleges, and the Finger Lakes Technical and Career Center to educate students to the multitude of career options in the health care field. Experts from all areas of our health system work with students through a number of programs for all ages.

Finger Lakes Health Human Resource Manager, Lina Brennan has been a member of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board since 2006 currently serves as FLWIB Chair and serves on the Executive Board of the Healthcare Alliance of the Finger Lakes.  As a result, Finger Lakes Health participates in many of the recruiting events offered through Finger Lakes Works and has been an active participant in the annual Healthcare Career Day organized by the Healthcare Alliance of the Finger Lakes.

“We are very fortunate to have a partner like Finger Lakes Health who recognizes the value of a highly skilled workforce and is committed to workforce development by investing in their community” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of FLWIB.

Skilled Trade Jobs are IN DEMAND!

Don’t be fooled by what some people tell you about the Skilled Trade Industry. These careers are always in demand and require determined individuals to fill them.

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Our event, “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!”, for local High School students will be held on October 2nd. This event introduces students to careers that involve skill, hard work, intelligence, and creativity. For more information please see: http://www.fingerlakesworks.com/youth/finger-lakes-works-with-their-hands/