GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that the Seneca County Industrial Development Agency (SENIDA) is September’s “Community Partner of the Month,” recognizing the agency’s efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes WIB to address economic and workforce issues impacting the region.
The SENIDA is a public benefit corporation dedicated to ensuring the long-term economic health of Seneca County by attracting new businesses and helping existing businesses grow. The agency promotes private sector commercial and industrial development while advancing job opportunities and the economic welfare of the people of Seneca County. SENIDA works with site selectors, CEOs and business owners to make the most of the region’s numerous geographic advantages and exceptional workforce, forming partnerships that will benefit both the employers and the people that call Seneca County home.
The SENIDA has been an important sponsor of Finger Lakes Works With Their Hands, a career exploration event for high school students in the region focused on Skill Trades and Advanced Manufacturing. This program exposes students to the careers that exist in these sectors while developing a “pipeline” of future talent. SENIDA partners with the Finger Lakes Works Seneca County Workforce Development office in an effort to help local companies find and keep a high quality workforce. Additionally, SENIDA is also a founding member and supporter of the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME). This group of manufacturers is focused on the development of a strong workforce in Advanced Manufacturing.
“Having a strong community partner like SENIDA is one more reason why the Finger Lakes is a great place to do business” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB. “We look forward to continuing this partnership as we work together to build a strong workforce in Finger Lakes region.”
Codie Arno and Derek Mehlenbacher are two WIA Youth Program participants from Seneca County Workforce Development who have just successfully completed the FLCC Advanced Manufacturing Machinist training at ITT/Goulds Pumps. Both of these young men have accepted employment as full-time, Goulds Pumps employees! Congratulations and good luck!
Pictured above is Cody Arno.
Pictured above is Derek Mehlenbacher. Derek was the PY’14 WIA Youth Success Story from Seneca County. To learn more about his story, click here.
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that, Select Fabricators, Inc. is August’s “Business of the Month” recognizing the company’s efforts to build strong community partnerships along with their continuing contributions to the local economy.
Located in Canandaigua, New York, Select Fabricators manufactures a full line of high performing Select-A-Shield™ RF / EMI shielding enclosures, pouches and mobile forensics products in the USA. With expertise in textiles, flexible materials, industrial sewing, sealing, ultrasonic welding Select Fabricators delivers a wide array of flexible packaging solutions to customers’ specifications, including cleanroom bags and services, industrial covers, tarps and barrier bags as well as contract product assembly and fulfillment for aerospace, precision packaging, military, security, and industrial customers.
Finding and training a productive workforce is key to Select Fabricator’s success. Over the years they partnered with Finger Lakes Works to assist with recruitment and training accessing programs like the New York State Department of Labor’s job bank and the On the Job Training program. They have also been the recipients of regional grants that have been used to train their workforce. “Finger Lakes Works has provided us with an excellent source of talented workers” says Gary Winch, Chief Operating Officer. “It’s been a win-win!”
“The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board is proud to recognize Select Fabricators for their partnership in developing and maintaining a strong workforce in our community”, said Karen Springmeier, Director of Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. “We look forward to working with the company as they continue to grow.”
GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Ontario County Office of Economic Development (OCOED) is July’s “Community Partner of the Month,” recognizing the agency’s efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes WIB to address economic and workforce issues impacting the region.
The Ontario County Office of Economic Development helps companies, not-for-profits and entrepreneurs create wealth and grow while retaining and growing jobs in Ontario County. Through the provision of services and products that include financing, business retention and expansion outreach, technical support and advocacy, OCOED promotes technology-led economic development resulting in the attraction and growth of manufacturing and producer service companies in a wide array of business sectors, from alternative energy to food and beverage.
A member of the FLWIB since its inception in 2000, OCOED Director, Mike Manikowski is the current public sector Vice Chair and chair of the Governance Committee. His leadership on the board has proven to be instrumental as the FLWIB developed its job-driven business services for companies throughout the area. Mike is a strong advocate for the services provided and often refers companies in need of workforce development programs.
Additionally OCOED has been a long time sponsor of career exploration activities and events including the annual “Finger Lakes Works…with their hands!” Event and the “Serving Community Healthcare in the Finger Lakes” Career Day. These programs expose area high school students to the careers that exist in the area while developing a “pipeline” of future talent. OCOED also works with the Ontario County Workforce Development office and provides funding for On-the-Job Training for Ontario County businesses and residents.
OCOED is also a founding member and supporter of the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME). This group of manufacturers is focused on the development of a strong workforce in Advanced Manufacturing.
“We are very fortunate to have a partner like Ontario County Office of Economic Development and a leader like Mike who recognize the need to develop a strong workforce and works with us to make it happen.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. “We look forward to continued collaboration to address issues impacting workforce development and better prepare our emerging workforce for the demand occupations in the Finger Lakes region.”
The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Parry Machine Company, Inc. is June’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.
Relocated from Rochester to Palmyra, NY, in 2006, Parry Machine Company, Inc. features a high tech production facility that is flexible and quickly adaptable to meet the specific needs of their customers. Their manufacturing capabilities span a broad range of products and industries including machines used in rigid box industries.
To assist with recruiting efforts, Parry Machine Company has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works Business Services Team to post jobs with the New York State Job Bank enabling the company to tap into a large pool of talent. To assist w/ training the company has used the On the Job Training program designed to help employers build a strong workforce while providing the employee with the skills need to be successful on the job.
“The FLWIB is pleased to recognize Parry Machine Company effort to grow their workforce and for their commitment to Wayne County” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes WIB Inc. said. “We look forward to working with them as they continue to grow and contribute to our local economy.”
Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board will be having their bi-monthly full board meeting on Wednesday, June 17, 2015 @ 8:30am. The meeting will be held at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua in Stage 14. The Public is welcome to attend this meeting. Please contact the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board at (315) 789-3131 with your attendance.
GENEVA, NEW YORK – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board Inc. (FLWIB) announced today that Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) is May’s “Community Partner of the Month,” recognizing the BOCES’ efforts in working collaboratively with Finger Lakes WIB to address workforce issues impacting the region.
Founded in 1971 when the Wayne County BOCES merged with the BOCES of Ontario, Seneca and Yates Counties, Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES provides quality educational services and programs for 25 school districts and residents of Wayne, Ontario, Seneca and Yates counties. Additionally Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES serves adult students in practical nursing programs, CNA classes, daytime technical and career classes, adult literacy programs, and high school equivalency diploma preparation classes.
Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES has been an active partner with the FLWIB throughout the years collaborating on various initiatives while working together through Board and Consortium related activities. Events like the annual Healthcare Career Day where nursing students from BOCES serve as tour guides interacting with high school students interested in careers in healthcare or initiatives such as the development of a two day “soft–skills” training for job-seekers highlight the partnership that has developed over the years between FLWIB and Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES.
“We are fortunate to have such an innovative community partner in our region” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. “We look forward to continued collaboration to address issues impacting education and workforce development and better prepare our emerging workforce for the demand occupations in the Finger Lakes region.”
Karen Springmeier, our Executive Director, and Pat Gopen, our Youth Systems Coordinator are pictured above accepting a check from Ann Shephard of the NYS Agricultural Society Foundation for our first Agriculture Youth Career Exploration event entitled “Building the Agricultural Intellect of Finger Lakes Youth” to be held in Spring 2016! Stay tuned for more details!