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Congratulations to the five new Certified Nursing Assistants who just graduated, passed their state certification test and found jobs at the end of their training!  This was all made possible through a partnership with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES, Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation and Finger Lakes Works.  Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation had a need for CNAs .  A state grant BOCES received enabled them to offer training to long-term unemployed job seekers at no cost and FLWorks had people looking for jobs.   BOCES was able to provide the training on-site at Seneca Nursing and Rehab who offered jobs to each of the new graduates!


Congratulations CNA graduates!

WIA Youth Success Story 2014 – Wayne County

Cindy Quinones-Ubiles enrolled in the Wayne County Workforce Investment Act (WIA) Youth Program in 2009 after completing a Summer Youth Employment program experience at the Wayne County Humane Society in July 2009. A combination of counseling and supportive services, Cindy’s motivation, perseverance, and drive to succeed, have resulted in the success of her achievements.Youth Success Story - Cindy

Cindy’s Achievements and accomplishments include:

  • Overcame basic skills deficits in math and reading 2010
  • Overcame language barrier as English is her second language
  • Obtained her learners permit and NYS driver’s license
  • Succeeded in her GED training @ WF Lyons High School L BOCES resulting in an External Diploma/High School Diploma from Lyons Central School
  • Attained her OSHA 10 Certification WFL BOCES
  • Work Experience @ Wayne County Nursing Home, Lyons Community Center
  • Achieved CNA Certification obtained her NYS license
  • Obtained unsubsidized CNA employment April 21, 2014 at Newark Wayne Community Hospital’s DeMay Living Center.

Cindy has acquired a confident personality, new skills, and credentials that have helped her achieve career and personal success.  It was and is her motivation and gentle personality that makes Cindy pleasant to work with and that which will assist her in her current career choice.  She is an inspiration to those around her and a success story that should be shared and recognized.

June Business of the Month!!

Seneca Nursing & Rehabilitation Center in Waterloo, NY!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center as June’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the agency’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Located in Waterloo, New York, Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center provides an array of services including 24-hour skilled nursing care along with dietitian, social work services, and short-term rehabilitation.   The center also has affiliation agreements with area hospitals and staff specially trained in geriatric care.  Providing high-quality care requires a team of highly-skilled workers. Mary Lee Burnell, Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center’s Administrator, works closely with Finger Lakes Works to find and keep workers.  A member of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and the Healthcare Alliance of the Finger Lakes since 2010, Mary Lee has developed partnerships that have enabled her to find, train and retain a skilled workforce.

Karen Springmeier, Executive Director at Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, presents Mary Lee Burnell, Seneca Nursing and Rehabiliation Center Administrator, with the Business of the Month award for June.

Karen Springmeier, Executive Director at Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, presents Mary Lee Burnell, Seneca Nursing and Rehabiliation Center Administrator, with the Business of the Month award for June.

Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation Center is a frequent user of the business services offered through the local workforce system including job fairs, job postings and the prescreening of applicants for available positions.  They have provided many youth participating in local workforce programs with entry-level employment opportunities.  Additionally, Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation is currently partnering with Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES to offer Nursing Assistant classes at the center’s facility in Waterloo.

“As healthcare continues to grow in the Finger Lakes, we are excited to have such an important partnership like the one we have with Seneca Nursing and Rehabilitation” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB.  “This partnership is a great example of how working together can bring innovations to the workplace that benefits the entire community.”

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WIA Youth Success Story 2014 – Ontario County

Carlos Merced is 23 years old and has been in the Ontario County Workforce WIA Youth Program since 2009.  He was a young man struggling to become self-sufficient and successful in his life.  He came with a hunger for success.  His hunger sometimes became his greatest stumbling block as he struggled to remain focused and on track.  His goal was to move forward.Youth Success Story - Carlos

Carlos’ Achievements and Accomplishments include:

  • Completed the Bridge Program with FLCC February 2009
  • Obtained his NYS Learner’s Permit and NYS Driver’s License
  • Overcame basic skills deficits in math and reading
  • Succeeded in GED training @ FLCC resulting in an (External) High School Diploma April 2013
  • Completed Customer Service training and achieved a Credential June 2013
  • Completed his Summer Work Experience @ eWaste (formerly 2trg)
  • Completed an On-the-Job Training program @ eWaste, obtained unsubsidized full time employment
  • Entered Post-Secondary Education at FLCC Spring of 2014

Carlos overcame personal and educational barriers to achieve the success he is now experiencing.  He remains determined to move forward with his life and to become an example for his younger siblings.

WIA Youth Success Story 2014 – Yates County

Meet Evan Cota. Evan is a 19 year old single dad who has been involved with the Yates County Workforce Youth Program since he was 16.  Evan’s successes while in the Youth program have included:Youth Success Story - Evan

  • Successfully completed 10 week summer work experience in food service in 8/2011
  • Attended Serve Safe Training and earned his Safe Food Handling Credential   8/24/11
  • Attended Budgeting workshop series taught by Cornell University Cooperative Extension   8/2011
  • Completed the National Retail Federation Customer Service Training and earned his national credential in 6/2013
  • Entering unsubsidized employment   7/2013
  • Continues to maintain employment with one employer over 10 months.
  • Becoming a father to his baby girl on 12/5/2013
  • Increased math skills significantly
  • Regularly attended FLCC’s High School Equivalency classes
  • Successfully earned his High School Equivalency Diploma through FLCC on 12/12/2013

Evan has worked very hard to achieve these new skills and credentials.  His forward progression while in the Youth Program was not always easy but his determination to succeed propelled him forward.  With the support and coaching of the Youth Program and its partners like FLCC, Evan always found a way to overcome each new challenge that presented itself to him.  Evan is naturally observant and bright and coupled with his evolving positive attitude and acquired skills, he has all the ingredients for a highly successful future for himself and his daughter.  Congratulations Evan!