Wednesday, July 22, 2015

Brahms and Beethoven featured in final LakeMusic concerts at FLCC

Audrey Andrist

Tuesday, July 21, 2015

#FLCC offers class in flying drones

SkyOp owner Brian Pitre flies a drone.
To see a video about the class, click here.

Finger Lakes Community College will host an evening class in flying drones at the Victor Campus Center, starting Aug. 11.

The Small Unmanned Aerial Systems training class runs Tuesdays and Thursdays, from Aug. 11 to 27, from 6 to 9 p.m., at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251.

Each participant will receive a Syma X5C quadcopter and AeroSIM flight simulator with registration and payment of $1,499 for the course. To register, call (585) 785-1906 or email to

Brian Pitre, owner of SkyOp in Canandaigua, will provide instruction in different types of flight systems and how to fly drones using safe and legal practices.

“We cover such things as the current FAA regulations, how it impacts you and prepare you for the new testing that is going to be covered under FAA rules,” Pitre said.

Participants will learn about emerging job opportunities, and companies can learn more about the application and use of small unmanned aerial systems. Drones are used in agriculture, construction, insurance, real estate, public safety, and other industries.

Monday, July 20, 2015

All your patriotic favorites in 'A Salute to America' Aug. 8 and 9 at #FLCC

The Finger Lakes Chorale performs a wide selection of patriotic songs in two concerts, Aug. 8 and 9, at FLCC.
The Finger Lakes Chorale will give concerts of patriotic songs on Aug. 8 and 9 in the Finger Lakes Community College main campus auditorium, 3325 Marvin Sands Dr.

The concert, titled “A Salute to America,” starts at 7 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 8, and 3 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 9. Entry is free but donations are accepted for the Dr. A. John Walker Music Award for FLCC music and music recording students.

Selections include the choral suite “The Blue and the Gray,” which features Civil War-era songs “The Battle Cry of Freedom,” “Johnny has Gone for a Soldier,” “O Shenandoah,” “When Johnny Comes Marching Home” and several others. 

The Chorale will also perform “Chester,” a Revolutionary War song by William Billings in a new arrangement by chorale director Dennis Maxfield, and “A Tribute to the Armed Services,” arranged by Lloyd Larson. See the full program below.

The Finger Lakes Chorale is a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College. Anthony D'Agostino, music director at Dansville Central School, will be the accompanist. He will be joined by instrumentalists FLCC adjunct instructor Craig Snyder on guitar, Ron Broida on bass guitar, Anthony Calabrese on drums, Heather Whiting on trumpet and Sara Alling on piccolo.

The chorale performs three times per year. New members are welcome to join when Tuesday evening rehearsals begin on Sept. 8 at 7 p.m. in room B355 at the main campus. Fall rehearsals are preparation for the holiday concerts on Dec. 12 and 13. Registration fee is $5. For more information, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.


THE STAR SPANGLED BANNER (1812) Francis Scott Key

AMERICA Samuel A Ward/arr. Mary McDonald

CHESTER William Billings/arr. Dennis Maxfield


THE BLUE AND THE GRAY/ arr. Roger Emerson and John Jacobsen                                                                
  1. The Battle Cry of Freedom
  2. Tramp, Tramp, Tramp
  3. Suppertime  -  Mark Darling, baritone
  4. The Cruel War Suite
                  Johnny Has Gone For A Soldier
                  The Cruel War Is Raging
                  Tenting On The Old Camp Ground
  1. Bidin’ Our Time
                  The Blue Tail Fly
                  Pop Goes The Weasel
                  Oh! Susanna
  1. Good News                                    
  2. Finale
                  O Shenandoah
                  When Johnny Comes Marching Home
                  Battle Hymn Of The Republic


THE VACANT CHAIR George F. Root/ arr. Ben Allaway


WWII MEDLEY arr. Dennis Maxfield

REQUIEM FOR A SOLDIER Michael Kamen and Frank Muskr

GOD BLESS THE U.SA.  Lee Greenwood/Arr. Roger Emerson


GOD BLESS AMERICA Irving Berlin/arr. Roy Ringwald

Thursday, July 16, 2015

12 weeks to a new life with #FLCC mechatronics training. Get details July 29

Watch the video and get more details below about this innovative program.

Finger Lakes Community College will host an information session on Wednesday, July 29, for all those interested in the 12-week mechatronic technology job training program that starts this fall.

Mechatronic technology is a new discipline that combines mechanical and electronic fundamentals common to many local advanced manufacturing businesses that are currently having trouble finding skilled workers.

After 12 weeks, students are prepared to be industrial-mechanical operators, automation operators, electrical-mechanical operators, fabricators and assemblers. 

Christopher Godfrey of Spencerport, a December 2014 graduate of the FLCC mechatronics program, found a full-time job with Response Care in Irondequoit, a maker of medical communication and monitoring systems.

“My lifestyle has changed dramatically since completing the mechatronic technology program. Before I had entered it, I was literally having trouble paying rent,” Godfrey said. “At this point my wife and I and my family are able to plan for the future very comfortably.”

The information session on July 29 begins at 9 a.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, off Route 251. Participants should call to reserve a seat or get more information at (585) 785-1906.

“For new people that want to get into the field, it’s a good starting course that gets them on their way,” said Nick Howes of Marion, an electro-mechanical technician at IEC Electronics in Newark.

The mechatronics technology classes run daily Sept. 28 to Dec. 18 at the Technical Career Training Institute, 7424 Victor Mendon Road (Route 251), which partners with FLCC to provide up-to-date equipment for the program. Students will study technical math as it applies to manufacturing, measurement, mechanical fundamentals, blueprint reading and basic electrical schematics.

Potential students need to be at least 18 and have a valid driver’s license and a high school diploma or its equivalent. The course fee is $4,000 and includes all materials and costs related to three national industry certifications in soldering, electrical assembly and safety. Tuition assistance is available for those who meet certain criteria; veterans benefits are accepted.

Thursday, July 2, 2015

#FLCC taking names for job training program at 785-1906

Finger Lakes Community College is taking applications for the six-month advanced manufacturing machinist training program that starts in September at G.W. Lisk Co. in Clifton Springs.

“There is still a significant demand for trained machinists in the Rochester and Finger Lakes region. All students of the past four sessions have had job offers, while most had secured employment by graduation,” said Lynn Freid, FLCC director of workforce development.

Anyone interested in the program should contact the college at (585) 785-1906 to reserve a seat for the information session on Wednesday, July 22, at 8:45 a.m. at G.W. Lisk, 2 South St.

Local authors sign onto FLCC’s Book Feast fundraiser

Author Sonja Livingston will moderate the discussion about her book, "Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses" during this year's Book Feast fundraiser for FLCC.
Sonja Livingston is one of two authors who will moderate discussions about their nonfiction books during the fourth annual Book Feast fundraiser for Finger Lakes Community College.

Livingston will lead the talk about her recently released “Queen of the Fall: A Memoir of Girls and Goddesses,” during the event on Saturday, Oct. 17. Likewise, author Laura Winter Falk will help steer the conversation about her nonfiction book, “Culinary History of the Finger Lakes: From Three Sisters to Riesling.”

Wednesday, July 1, 2015

FLCC takes top honors for promotional efforts

Joseph Nairn, FLCC chief advancement officer; Heidi Marcin, director of marketing; and Bill Pealer, media production specialist attended the Rochester Pinnacle Award ceremony at which Finger Lakes Community College won an award for a TV commercial produced entirely in-house.
Finger Lakes Community College has been honored for its promotional efforts by the American Marketing Association and the State University of New York.

The regional chapter of the American Marketing Association awarded FLCC with two of its coveted Pinnacle Awards at a gala at the Harro East Ballroom in Rochester May 21. The winning entries were in the “Logo” and “Video Spot” categories.