December Business of the Month is…

RAINBOW JUNCTION CHILDCARE CENTER of PENN YAN, NY!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Rainbow Junction Educational Childcare Center is December’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Michael Woloson, Business Service Coordinator for the FLWIB, presents the award to Andrea Bunn, Director at the Rainbow Junction.

Since 1971, Rainbow Junction has been providing quality, reliable and affordable childcare to hundreds of families living and working in the Penn Yan and surrounding areas, serving children ages 6 weeks up through grade 5. Rainbow Junction is a non-profit agency and is licensed by the New York State Office of Children and Families. The center follows recommended procedures and state regulations for operations, as well as childcare giving routines and building requirements

Over the years Rainbow Junction has accessed a variety of services through Finger Lakes Works including job posting and matching services with the New York State Job Bank and the Summer Youth Program which recently resulted in a full time hire for one of the youth placed w/ Rainbow Junction.  They have also used the On the Job Training (OJT) program as a strategy for training and retaining new employees. The OJT reimburses the employer for extraordinary training while providing the employee with the skills needed to accomplish the job.

”Small businesses like Rainbow Junction are the “back bone” of local economies throughout the region” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. “We look forward to continuing our work with Rainbow Junction as they continue to provide such an important service while contributing to our local economy.”

FAME Annual Event!

February 16, 2017          10th-anniv

Monroe Community College
R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center
Monroe A & B
Parking: Lot M


FAME at 10: Driving Growth. Inspiring Students. Reaching Parents. Connecting Stakeholders.

The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise is pleased to present Mr. Jeremy Bout of Edge Factor at its annual industry/education event on February 16, 2017 at Monroe Community College!

This year’s FAME Keynote speaker is a mixed brew of caffeine, ideas that defy convention, and passion that drives creativity. After spending 12 years using technology to bring ideas to life in the manufacturing industry, Jeremy Bout leads the Edge Factor team in producing inspiring films and accompanying interactive resources to inspire the next generation of makers. As a critically acclaimed filmmaker, public speaker and entrepreneur, Jeremy  continues to turn ideas into reality to equip leaders to impact their communities. Edge Factor productions merge Hollywood visuals with cinematic storytelling, to highlight innovation, teach career pathways and manufacturing, and make science, technology, engineering, art and math relevant in today’s world. With stories and interactive resources, Edge Factor challenges perceptions and spotlights the amazing people and technology, that are changing lives and pushing back the edge of what’s possible.

Event Agenda:

4:00pm MCC Welcome, Dr. Anne Kress, President — MCC

4:10pm FLCC Update, Dr. Robert Nye, President — FLCC (Invited)

4:20pm FAME Welcome/Update, Mike Mandina FAME, Chair; President, Optimax Systems Inc.

4:40pm Keynote Speaker, Mr. Jeremy Bout, Edge Factor

5:30pm Industry/Academic Speed Dating Expo

6:00pm 2017 STAR Award Presentation

6:05pm Networking/Expo Continues (thru 6:30pm)

REGISTER NOW!

Questions?
Contact: Michele Stolberg, FAME Facilitator
Email: fame@nyfame.org
Phone# 315-521-7826

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.

To register and for more information visit: http://www.nyfame.org/about-fame/meeting-details/february2017_fame_event/

Our November Partner of the Month is…

ONTARIO COUNTY VETERANS SERVICE AGENCY!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Ontario County Veterans Service Agency is November’s “Community Partner of the Month” recognizing their  efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board to address workforce issues impacting the region.

The Veterans Service Agency assists Ontario County’s veterans and their families to identify and apply for benefits, in which they are entitled to from local, state, and federal agencies as a result of their military service. These services can include assistance with filing claims for benefits from the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA), enrolling in VA healthcare, determining VA home loan eligibility, obtaining education benefits, and burial assistance.

John Mueller, Chair of the FLWIB, presents the award to Jeremy Marshall of the Ontario County Veterans Services Agency.

John Mueller, Chair of the FLWIB, presents the award to Jeremy Marshall of the Ontario County Veterans Services Agency.

The agency’s Director, Jeremy M. Marshall, has played an instrumental role in the FLWIB Veteran’s Services Committee since it began in 2014.  During this time Jeremy has spearheaded efforts to heighten awareness of all the career services available for veterans through Finger Lakes Works.  Additionally, he has work to educate employers regarding the value of hiring veterans.  Jeremy has gone so far as to bring local employers to Fort Drum in an effort to reach out to veterans from outside the area in an effort to assist business in recruiting talent.

“Jeremy’s passion for the veterans he works with is emblematic of the programs and partnerships his agency has developed over the years” says Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board.  “Working together with the Ontario County Veterans Service Agency we can ensure that business in the area have access to some of the best workers in the area.”

Thank you del Lago Resort and Casino!

Executive Director, Karen A. Springmeier, speaks at the press conference.

Executive Director, Karen A. Springmeier, speaks at the press conference.

Jeff Babinski, del Lago Resort & Casino Executive Vice President and General Manager, speaks at the press conference.

Jeff Babinski, del Lago Resort & Casino Executive Vice President and General Manager, speaks at the press conference.

Mike Davis, Chair of the "Finger Lakes Works...with their hands!" Event, Finger Lakes Building Trades President, & Business Manager for IBEW Local 840.

Mike Davis, Chair of the “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” Event, Finger Lakes Building Trades President, & Business Manager for IBEW Local 840.

Mr. Wilmot, Mr. Babinski, Ms. Springmeier, and Mr. Davis with the check.

Mr. Wilmot, Mr. Babinski, Ms. Springmeier, and Mr. Davis with the check.

Karen Springmeier poses with the check and three FLWIB Members, (l-r) Mike Davis, Scott Bischoping (WFL BOCES), and Michael Rusinko (Lyons National Bank).

Karen Springmeier poses with the check and three FLWIB Members, (l-r) Mike Davis, Scott Bischoping (WFL BOCES), and Michael Rusinko (Lyons National Bank).

Local Unions have recognized that they must enhance workforce diversity through increased employment of minorities and women, and del Lago Resort & Casino has stepped up to the plate to significantly help. The Tyre resort and casino will announce that it is investing $100,000 to support the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. The funding is the largest one-time donation the organization has received and will help develop and fill the pipeline of skilled trades and advanced manufacturing workforce targeting young women and minorities.

Thank you to del Lago and the Wilmot’s for believing in what we do and supporting these great initiatives!

October Partner of the Month is…

INTERNATIONAL BROTHERHOOD OF ELECTRICAL WORKERS (IBEW) Local 840!

GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) announced today that Local 840 International Brotherhood of Electrical Workers (IBEW), is October’s “Partner of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy. 2016-10-06-00-35-13

Located in Geneva, New York Local 840 IBEW was founded in 1918 and provides the highest skilled, safest and best trained electricians in the industry.  IBEW’s mission is to organize all electricians in the industry into local unions and to improve the social and economic standing of all workers in our region. They currently represent over 130 electricians in the Finger Lakes region.

IBEW’s Business Manager and FLWIB member Mike Davis serves as Chair of the agency’s “Finger Lakes Work With Their Hands” program which has enabled thousands of area high school students to experience firsthand, the careers in the skilled-trades industry. Each October hundreds of high school students participate in the event where they learn about the opportunities that exist in the Skilled Trades.   This October marks the eleventh year the event has taken place.

“IBEW is a great example of a partner that demonstrates a commitment to building a strong workforce by investing in their community” Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB said.  “Mike has been instrumental in the success of this event through his leadership and willingness to forge important partnerships benefiting the skill trades industry and regional economy.”