Finger Lakes Features: Michelle Coomber – Disabled Veterans’ Outreach Program Specialist

Michelle Coomber (center) receiving award from New York State Department of Labor Commissioner Roberta Reardon (right) with Nathaalie Carey, Deputy Commissioner for Administration and Chief Financial Officer at the Department of Labor. (on left).

Michelle received the Individual Award of Excellence from the State Commissioner of Labor last month in Albany.

Individual Award of Excellence recognizes someone who demonstrates consistent, excellent performance in everyday tasks and/or outstanding effort in a specific project or assignment, including results above and beyond expectations, excellent customer service, consistent quality work, high production levels and a continuous positive attitude. The person displays commitment, quality, integrity and professionalism in his or her work.

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board congratulates Michelle for receiving this award for the service provided to veterans looking for employment.  

Finger Lakes Features: Finger Lakes Equipment Rental

Located on Routes 5&20 between Geneva and Waterloo, Finger Lakes Equipment Rental has been providing equipment to the area since owner Ray Turri left his machinist job in 2007, a recent Finger Lakes Times article stated.  Finger Lakes Works is proud of the relationship with Finger Lakes Equipment Rental that has developed over the years.  Finger Lakes Equipment Rental has used Finger Lakes Works On-the-Job-Training (OJT) program to find and train new workers.  They have also been a Summer Youth Work Site for Seneca County Summer Youth Program.    Additionally, they have supported Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!, a skilled-trades career exploration event for high school students, by donating heavy equipment for demonstrations.

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Finger Lakes Features: Finger Lakes Community College’s New Nursing Program

A ceremony at Finger Lakes Community College on Thursday, August 2nd celebrated the first graduates of a new training program to provide advancement for entry-level health care workers.

The 21 graduates completed a program that allowed them to take classes to become licensed practical nurses (LPNs) while maintaining an income to support themselves and their families. All began as certified nurse assistants (CNAs) and took classes for 20 hours a week over the last year while working for 20 hours.

The CNA to LPN Program is facilitated by FLCC in partnership with the Rochester Educational Opportunity Center at SUNY Brockport, Rochester Regional Health, RochesterWorks!, and Finger Lakes Works.

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Finger Lakes Features: Locate Finger Lakes

Locate Finger Lakes is an economic development initiative designed to assist and foster collaboration among the established economic development efforts with targeted, proactive, marketing communications and networking. The organization is focused on directing local, national and international business leaders to Finger Lakes information and inspire them to look closely at the region’s assets enabling their businesses, their families and their employees’ families to thrive.

The initiative is based on collaboration with a number of community and academic partners including Cornell’s College of Agriculture and Life Sciences Director Kathryn J. Boor, Danny Wegman, Seneca County IDA Executive Director Bob Aronson and Mike Manikowski, Executive Director of the Ontario County Office of Economic Development.

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