Monthly Archives: November 2014

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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!

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, 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 The Herman Trend Alert is a trademark of The Herman Group, Inc.”

The November Business of the Month is…


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.”