(Left) Lois Johnson, Director of Workforce Strategies for WDI; (Middle) Lynn Freid; (Right) Vivian Benton, Deputy Director of WDI
At this year’s Annual FAME Event held on March 20, 2018, our own Board Member and the Regional Director of the Workforce Development Institute was recognized for her tireless efforts to promote careers and training opportunities in the Advanced Manufacturing industry.
The FAME STAR Award recognizes Students, Teachers, and Advanced Manufacturing Relationships in pursuit of FAME’s goal to promote awareness of advanced manufacturing careers in the pipeline. These innovations may include, but are not limited to, the following:
• Working with educators to develop and implement new curriculum
• Enhancing existing program/s that promote AM careers/training
• Supporting existing programs that assist students in developing their STEM skills
• Recognition for achieving visibility of the need for middle skill jobs among students/teachers/parents/government
• Demonstrates industry collaboration and outreach to FAME’s target populations (secondary and post-secondary)
Congratulations Lynn for this well-deserved recognition!
Thank you to our current 2017 sponsors: Berry Global, IUPAT District Council #4, Dr. Rodney Littlejohn, Finger Lakes Partners Insurance, Finger Lakes Community College, Generations Bank, GW Lisk, Halco, IBEW Local 840, ITT Goulds Pumps, Landpro Equipment, New York Chiropractic College, O’Connell Electric, Ontario County Economic Development, Seneca County IDA, Seneca Meadows, Upstate Refractory, Upstate Roofing & Painting, Vance Metal Fabricators, Wadhams Enterprises, Inc, Waterloo Containers, and Zoto’s.
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!
Building the Pipeline for our Regional Advanced Manufacturing Sector
To succeed, manufacturers need a skilled workforce, strong business model, leadership and a thriving community. In the Rochester region, poverty and unemployment are increasing. It has become a challenge to find qualified workers. Now is the time to unite and pledge to expand our workforce and long-term prosperity as business leaders in the community.
Make the 5% Pledge!
We are asking you to pledge 5% of your current workforce to the future. That means that for every 100 employees in your organization, you will strive to provide five temporary positions for interns, high school students, and/or the long-term unemployed as a method of exposing them to the manufacturing culture through experience. In turn, these workers will gain valuable skills and experience to guide them as they become the workforce of tomorrow.
All information was taken from the FAME website. Visit the link below for more information: