Monthly Archives: June 2013

Finger Lakes Local Plan PY’13

Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Area Local Plan for July 1, 2013 to June 30, 2014.

The opportunity for public comment has now closed for the local plan for the period July 1, 2013 to June 30,  2014. No public comments received.

To see the final plan, please click here.

Business of the Month for June 2013!

ITT – Goulds Pumps, Inc.

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB) announced today that June’s Business of the Month is ITT-Goulds Pumps.  This is in recognition of the partnerships developed between ITT-Goulds Pumps and the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, the company’s contribution to the local economy and the efforts to promote the FLWIB’s mission, vision and activities throughout the region.

A member of the FLWIB since 2006 Ron Golumbeck, Vice President and Director, Human Resources at ITT-Goulds Pumps, has chaired the Performance and Evaluation Committee since 2010.  His leadership on the committee has proven to be instrumental in the re-certification of the Finger Lakes

Karen Springmeier (front right), Executive Director of FLWIB, presents Bob Pagano(front left), President of ITT-Goulds, with the Business of the Month certificate. Joining them (from left to right) are; John Vrabel, Deputy Director of Finger Lakes Works- Seneca County, Bob Aronson, Executive Director of Seneca County IDA, Peg Birmingham, Deputy Commissioner of Finger Lakes Works- Seneca County, Margaret Gan, Director of Communications at ITT-Goulds, and Ron Golumbeck, VP & Director of Human Resources at ITT- Goulds.

Karen Springmeier (front right), Executive Director of FLWIB, presents Bob Pagano(front left), President- Industrial Process, with the Business of the Month certificate. Joining them (from left to right) are; John Vrabel, Deputy Director of Finger Lakes Works- Seneca County, Bob Aronson, Executive Director of Seneca County IDA, Peg Birmingham, Deputy Commissioner of Finger Lakes Works- Seneca County, Margaret Gan, Director of Communications at ITT-Goulds, and Ron Golumbeck, VP & Director of Human Resources at ITT- Goulds.

Works career one stop centers in the region as well as evaluating the effectiveness of the programs provided through the local workforce development system.  Additionally Ron is a founding partner of the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME).  This group of manufacturers is focused on the development of a strong workforce in Advanced Manufacturing.

Along with participating at the board level, ITT is a frequent user of the business services offered through the local workforce system including job posting and prescreening of applicants for positions available at ITT.  Additionally, staff from the company volunteers their time to participate on panels presented to educators, employers and job seekers to promote careers in Advanced Manufacturing.

Currently ITT/Goulds participate as a Post in the Exploring program offered through the Seneca Waterways Council, Inc.  High-school students interested in learning more about a career in advanced manufacturing are able to learn through hands-on activities led by staff at ITT/Goulds during the school year.

“We are very fortunate to have a business partner like ITT-Goulds and a leader like Ron who recognizes the need to develop a strong workforce and work with us to make it happen.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “We look forward to continuing to address their employment needs as we work with area businesses in the region.”

For more information regarding the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, please call 315-789-3131.

Spotlight On…

MEET OUR NEWEST WIA YOUTH SUCCESS STORY

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Meet Rachel Fish! 

Seneca County Workforce Development

Rachel was referred to the WIA Youth Program by the Seneca County Youth Bureau Coordinator.   She was 18 and going to be a senior at Waterloo High School.  She was enrolled into the WIA Youth Program in August 2010 and began a paid work experience as a Staff Helper at Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center.  Rachel worked during her senior year to save money for college, and was hired by Seneca Nursing in May of 2011. She graduated from high school that June, and continued at Seneca Nursing until starting college at SUNY Canton in August. During her college breaks, Rachel continues to be employed by Seneca Nursing.

After successfully completing her first year of college, Rachel enrolled in the Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) training in May, 2012.  She earned the CNA certification and NYS license on 6/30/12.  Her wage has increased at least $2.00 more an hour since obtaining her CNA license.

Rachel obtained her NYS Driver’s License and her goal of owning a vehicle has come to fruition. She purchased her own vehicle and paid for the repairs to get it on the road.  Rachel will be completing her second year of college this spring.  She is pursuing the Veterinarian Technician degree.  Rachel has overcome several barriers to reach her goals.  We are all extremely proud of her.

Rachel stated, “Workforce helped me find employment through the paid work experience program.  Without experience it was hard to find a job and Workforce gave me that opportunity to get started and gain experience.  I am still working at Seneca Nursing & Rehab when home from college and I received my CNA certification.  With this certification, it has allowed me to earn more money so I can help pay my way through college. “

SUCCESS!

 “WHY I LOVE THE FINGER LAKES!” Career ExpoLieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy and Hal Smith, President of Halco and Chair of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc., pose for a picture.

There were 40 employers, 4 workshops, 3 training providers and over 200 attendees. Lieutenant Governor Robert Duffy gave the keynote address. Lt. Governor Duffy stayed to tour the Expo, meeting with job seekers and employers along the way.

 
Above, Lieutenant Governor Robert J. Duffy and Hal Smith, President of Halco and Chair of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc., pose for a picture.

Thank you to EVERYONE who made this such a successful event. Especially our partners in this new endeavor, Finger Lakes Community College.