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Finger Lakes Features: FLCC is Training the Workforce of Today and Tomorrow

“According to the New York State Labor Department, the need for registered nurses in the Finger Lakes region is projected to rise from 13,250 in 2016 to 15,660 by 2026, an 18.2 percent increase. The need for LPNs is projected to increase from 4,270 to 4,850 over the same period, an increase of 13.6 percent”, reports Krista Gleason of the Locate Finger Lakes Business Journal.

Read the following article to see how Finger Lakes Community College and partners are preparing the residents of the Finger Lakes to meet the demands of the workforce in not only in healthcare, but also in the manufacturing and food and beverage industries.

Locate Finger Lakes Business Journal

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NYS Contact Tracing Initiative Employment Opportunities

The contact tracing initiative will aim to call every person diagnosed with COVID-19, establish all contacts of this person, and proceed to call and maintain ongoing communication with every contact. In addition, the team will support the isolation and quarantine of individuals, as appropriate in cooperation with the Local Health Department. This contact tracing initiative is in tandem with statewide-wide efforts to increase testing, improve communication and knowledge of effective strategies to reduce transmission, and implementation of isolation and quarantine.

To be considered for contact tracing team roles, candidates must be a New York State resident 18 years of age or older; meet the position description requirements; go through an interview process; and complete a training and certification program.

New York State is looking to immediately fill the following roles:

  • Contact Tracers: reach out to the contacts of anyone diagnosed with COVID-19 to assess symptoms, ensure compliance with quarantine and determine social support needs.
  • Team Supervisors:  lead a team of 20 Contact Tracers, and one Community Support Specialist who are working remotely using digital tools.
  • Community Support Specialists: work with the team and the local health departments to address the physical/mental health, and social/human service needs of those contacted, especially those who are under isolation or quarantine.

If you are interested in applying for one of these roles, please sign up here:

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SkillUp Finger Lakes!


In an effort to both increase the skills of the region’s workforce and provide residents with tools to train for new job opportunities, Finger Lakes Works has initiated its “SkillUp® Finger Lakes” program. All eligible residents can take classes, explore career pathways and even prepare for various industry-recognized certifications, all for free and all from home.

Through an online portal, Finger Lakes Works is providing free access to over 5,000 courses from Skillsoft, a nationally recognized training provider of workplace, business, technical and IT courses.

Whether they are looking for a first job, a new job or to advance in their chosen field, residents can take advantage of this career enhancing training. SkillUp® Finger Lakes delivers flexible, self-paced learning that can be accessed from anywhere with a high-speed internet connection, 24/7. Users will complete a self-assessment of their skills, identify any skill gaps, and automatically receive recommended courses to remediate those gaps. Job-seekers can train in essential workplace skills, study job interview talking points and search for employment opportunities nationwide.

Available topics include Microsoft Office, Effective Customer Service, Project Management, Leadership, Critical Thinking, CompTIA, and many more.

To enroll online, learners can visit

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Finger Lakes Features: Finger Lakes Companies Answered Call for Help

Companies of the Finger Lakes that have answered the call to produce everything from hand sanitizer to face shields and masks and much more.

LOCATE FINGER LAKES, an economic development initiative designed to assist and foster collaboration in in the region recently listed these companies on their website:

 While Corona-19 has forced us to adapt to a changing world, these companies exemplify the “can-do” effort the Finger Lakes region is known for.

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Meeting of the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (FLWIB) will meet on Wednesday, May 20, 2020, at 8:30 a.m. via a Zoom Videoconference.  This meeting is open to the public, and individuals interested in attending should email for more information.

Meeting minutes will be posted online at for the public to review electronically.  A copy will be kept on file for public review at the office of the FLWIB, 41 Lewis St., Suite 104, Geneva, NY 14456 between the hours of 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m., Monday through Friday, after June 1st.  Questions and comments may be directed to the above address.

For more information please call, 315-789-3131 ext 101.

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