Our July 2015 Community Partner of the Month is…

ONTARIO COUNTY OFFICE OF ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT!!!

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.

(left to right) Suzanne Vary, Economic Development Specialist for Ontario County, Karen Springmeier, Executive Director for the FLWIB, Inc., Michael Manikowski, Director of Economic Development for Ontario County, Melissa Doyle, Finance Clerk II for OCOED, and Diane Foster, Sr. Clerk for OCOED.
(left to right) Suzanne Vary, Economic Development Specialist for Ontario County, Karen Springmeier, Executive Director for the FLWIB, Inc., Michael Manikowski, Director of Economic Development for Ontario County, Melissa Doyle, Finance Clerk II for OCOED, and Diane Foster, Sr. Clerk for OCOED.

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.”

June Business of the Month is…

PARRY MACHINE COMPANY of PALMYRA, NY!!

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.

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Gale Jones, Administrative Assistant at Parry Machine, and Michael Coughlin, President at Parry Machine.

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.”

Full Board Meeting

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.

May Community Partner of the Month is…

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES!

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.

Scott Bischoping, Superintendent of WFL-BOCES receives the award for Community Partner of the Month from Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of FLWIB, Inc.
Scott Bischoping, Superintendent of WFL-BOCES receives the award for Community Partner of the Month from Karen Springmeier, Executive Director of FLWIB, Inc.

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.”

FLWIB Receives Agricultural Grant for Youth Event

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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!

Youth RFP 2015-2016

YOUTH RFP BIDDER’S CONFERENCE MINUTES – 4/21/15

PUBLIC NOTICE FOR

THE FINGER LAKES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, Inc.

REQUEST FOR PROPOSALS

TITLE I WORKFORCE INNOVATION AND OPPORTUNITY ACT (WIOA)

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc., as fiscal agent for the Finger Lakes Workforce Development Area is soliciting proposals for the operation of federally-funded youth programs in compliance with the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.  Funding will be for the period of July 1, 2015 through June 30, 2016. The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board, Inc. intends to award the RFP for three additional program years, dependent on contractor’s meeting  performance goals, quality of service or product that has been provided, timeliness of start-up and meeting of delivery schedules, cost projections for next year and the availability of funds. Other factors may be considered if applicable.

PURPOSE

The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act of 2014 introduced significant changes for youth programming at the local level.  The Workforce Investment Act focuses on serving out of school youth and targeted youth populations through youth development activities that will reinforce positive social skills in youth.  The legislation mandates strong ties with the business community, not only as employers, but also in an expanded role as advisors, funders, trainers and economic developers.  The Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act places an increased emphasis on work experience activities, serving individuals with disabilities and veterans.  The intent is to develop a skilled future labor force. Eligible participants must be between 16 and 24 and meet specific eligibility criteria as noted in the RFP.

GOVERNANCE

The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FL WIB) is the local governing board for the federal WIOA legislation.  This Board is comprised of representatives of local businesses, labor organizations, education providers, public agencies and other entities interested in workforce development issues.  The FL WIB, Inc.  is the entity responsible for policy development and implementation for programs funded under the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act for the counties of Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates.

TIME FRAME AND AVAILABILITY

Funding available to serve youth in the four-county region for the period July 1, 2015 to June 30, 2016 is approximately $400,000.00 (subject to official notification from the New York State Department of Labor).  Please note the14 elements of the legislation that can be funded (see RFP).  Proposals may be funded for one or more elements, however, all proposals must indicate how programs link to the other elements and must include a Memorandum of Understanding with other partners.

CONDITIONS

Respondents must meet the criteria outlined in the Request for Proposal (RFP) and must be in compliance with policy and regulations set forth by the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board and the Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act.

 New WIOA Youth RFP PY15-PY16 (pdf)

Detailed Requests for Proposals may be obtained between 8:30 a.m. and 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday beginning Apri1 10th, 2015 at the address noted below, or by calling Dinah Brennan at 315-789-3131.  You may also access the RFP at our website:  www.fingerlakesworks.com.

FINGER LAKES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, INC.

41 LEWIS STREET, SUITE 104

GENEVA, NY 14456

TWO COPIES OF THE COMPLETE PROPOSAL MUST BE RECEIVED BY 4:00 P.M. ON MONDAY, MAY 11th, 2014 AT THE FINGER LAKES WORKFORCE INVESTMENT BOARD, INC., 41 LEWIS STREET, SUITE 104, GENEVA, NEW YORK 14456.  AN ELECTRONIC COPY MUST ALSO BE SENT TO KSPRINGMEIER@FINGERLAKESWORKS.COM

“Why I Love the Finger Lakes” Career Expo!

FLYER 2015 Work Shops 2015

 “Why I Love the Finger Lakes” Career Expo!

What?          A job fair with workshops, social media activities, prizes and more!

When?         Thursday, April 23, 2015 from 1pm-4pm

Where?        FLCC – Main Campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, NY 14424

Why?           To promote living and working in the Finger Lakes Region!!

Any questions regarding the Expo please contact Dinah Brennan or Michael Woloson at (315) 789-3131.

To view the above flyers in pdf, please click here: flyer workshop agenda

Western Ag named April’s Business of the Month!

GENEVA, New York – The Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Inc. announced today that Western Ag Enterprises, Inc. is April’s “Business of the Month”, recognizing the business’s contributions to the community and to the local economy.

Incorporated in Arizona in 1985, Western Ag Enterprises, Inc. annually converts 60 million square feet of material for the agricultural, industrial, mining, transportation, and recreation industries. They bring years of design experience to suit the specialized needs of their clients. Western Ag’s facilities are designed to handle large and volume projects. They also have installation crews available to service hay tarps, silage pit covers, and liners in many areas.  The main corporate office and manufacturing facility is located in Phoenix, AZ while the local office is located at the Seneca County Depot and opened in 2011.

Ryan DeVay, Employment & Training Counselor for Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County, Joshua VanVleet, 2nd Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, Gerald Kirby, 1st Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, David Waugh, Site Manager at Western Ag, and John Vrabel, Deputy Director of Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County.
Ryan DeVay, Employment & Training Counselor for Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County, Joshua VanVleet, 2nd Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, Gerald Kirby, 1st Shift Supervisor at Western Ag, David Waugh, Site Manager at Western Ag, and John Vrabel, Deputy Director of Finger Lakes Works-Seneca County.

Over the last four years the company has grown to the current workforce of 30. To assist with recruiting efforts, Western Ag Enterprises has worked closely with Finger Lakes Works Business Services Team to post jobs with the New York State Job Bank.  Other recruiting services that have been accessed include application collection, screening and referrals as well as on-site interviewing at the career center in Waterloo.

“Helping businesses connect with the talent is an important service we offer employers.” said Karen Springmeier, Executive Director, FLWIB.  “We look forward to working with Western Ag as they continue to grow and contribute to our regional economy.”

NEW PROGRAM OFFERING!

Wayne-Finger Lakes BOCES in cooperation with the Genesee Valley Educational Partnership will be offering…

165 Hour CDL Class A License Training

This course gives the experiences necessary to be prepared to work in the trucking industry. The program consists of up to 40 hours of one-to-one drive time, 26 hours of range/yard time and approximately 99 hours of classroom time. This program includes shadowing experience and resume development. Upon completion of this programs students will have certification in defensive driving, forklift operation and air brake adjustment.

165 Hours of instruction!

Class will be at:

Postsecondary Adult Career Education Annex, Wayne Technical and Career Center
4440 Ridge Road, Williamson NY 14589
Classes will begin the week of May 11

Tuition and road test fee:  $4,980.00

CALL 315 332 7317 to pre-register for an upcoming April information session