Monday, August 18, 2014

FLCC offers two-week health care job training

Finger Lakes Community College will host a two-week home health aide training program at its main campus in Canandaigua beginning Sept. 15.

Graduates will be certified home health aides and will be able to seek employment in hospitals and other health care facilities.

“The home health aide program allows people to get into the job market quickly,” said Lynn Freid, director of workforce development for FLCC. “It is a great first step for further advancement in the health care industry.”

FLCC offers a certified nurse assistant and home health aide course several times per year in varying locations; this class does include CNA training. The program is often hosted by health facilities, such as the Livingston County Center for Nursing & Rehabilitation in Mount Morris and the Hill Haven Transitional Care Center in Webster. Thompson Hospital in Canandaigua serves as a site for clinical practice as well.

Applicants to the program must attend one of the orientation sessions, held the first Wednesday of the month at the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office.

Tuition and fees of $1,250 cover all instruction, textbooks, supplies and exam and certification fees. For more information about the program, call (585) 785-1660.

Saturday, August 16, 2014

Like to sing Christmas songs? Finger Lakes Chorale has openings

The Finger Lakes Chorale, a community chorus based at Finger Lakes Community College, has openings for singers for its holiday concerts. 

Rehearsals will be on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Sept. 2 at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua, in room B355 on the third floor.

The holiday concert dates are Saturday, Dec. 13, at 7 p.m. and Sunday, Dec. 14, at 3 p.m. in the auditorium on the main campus.

Prior choral singing experience is preferred but not required. A $5 non-credit registration fee is payable at the first rehearsal. Singers should arrive early to complete the registration process. Singers can also get college credit for participation. Registration and tuition information for college credit is available at the FLCC One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000.

The Chorale is comprised of singers from throughout the Finger Lakes area.
For more information about the Chorale, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.

Friday, August 15, 2014

FLCC hosts alumni basketball tournament

Finger Lakes Community College will hold a 5-on-5 alumni basketball tournament on Sunday, Sept. 28, in the Putt Moore Court on the main campus.

The first-ever tournament is open to all alumni – not just former members of the FLCC Lakers men’s and women’s basketball teams. Registration costs $20 per player and includes a shirt and reception following the tournament. The deadline to sign up is Friday, Sept. 12.

The event’s aim is to support the athletics department and build connections among area alumni. Check-in is at 10 a.m., with the tournament beginning at about 11 a.m. in the gymnasium at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Participants and guests should park in the lot closest to the gym, behind the college.

Concession and merchandise stands will be run by athletic department staff and FLCC athletes. Yearbooks containing alumni photos will be for sale.

For more information and to register for the tournament, visit Additionally, event organizers are seeking sponsors. To support the tournament, contact Bethany Schlegel, assistant athletic director, at (585) 785-1518.

Friday, August 1, 2014

Tickets go on sale today for GME speaker series at FLCC

An accomplished sculptor, an award-winning science fiction author, and a journalist who penned a book on wine-making in the Finger Lakes make up the fourth season of speakers in the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum.

Events take place on Sunday afternoons over the next year in the auditorium at Finger Lakes Community College, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua.

Albert Paley
Photo: Myers Creative Imaging

The series begins Sept. 28 with a talk by metals sculptor Albert Paley. The first sculptor to earn the American Institute of Architects highest honor, he has completed over 50 works that are displayed across the country. He designed the sculpture Animals Always for the St. Louis Zoological Park, completed the portal gates for the Renwich Gallery of The Smithsonian Institution and for the New York State Senate chambers. Last year he exhibited 14 sculptures along New York City’s Park Avenue.

Robert Sawywer
Photo: Christina Ford

Canadian science fiction writer Robert Sawyer will give the second talk, scheduled for Nov. 2.
He has received top honors, including the Hugo and Nebula awards. He has published more than 20 novels, several of which were penned in Canandaigua, where his parents had a vacation home until 2006. His novel “Flashforward,” was among them and was the basis for an ABC television miniseries by the same name.

Evan Dawson

The third speaker, Evan Dawson, is scheduled for Jan. 25, 2015. He won the international Wine Book of the Year award in London for his first book, “Summer in a Glass: The Coming of Age of Winemaking in the Finger Lakes.” He was a morning news anchor for the Rochester television station and ABC affiliate 13WHAM before accepting a position as host of AM 1370’s midday talk show “Connections” early this year.  

“Our fourth season features a very exciting lineup,” said Caroline Delavan, chair of the organizing committee. “We at the George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum are thrilled to be able to bring fascinating speakers to our community. It gives us a unique opportunity to cover diverse topics on a very high level.”

The first three seasons of Ewing forum speakers have included, among others, pollster John Zogby, television and stage actor Michael Park, former United Nations World Food Program leader Catherine Bertini and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist and author David Cay Johnston.

The speaker series is named for the late George M. Ewing Sr., who passed away in September 2009 at the age of 87. He was the longtime editor and publisher of the Daily Messenger, later to become Messenger Post Media.

Launched in 2011, the forum is funded in part with an endowment from the Ewing family as well as support from Canandaigua National Bank & Trust and FLCC. Ferris Hills at West Lake is the series underwriter, while Lyons National Bank is the principal underwriter for Sawyer’s visit and will sponsor a community read featuring one of Sawyer’s works, along with a presentation by the author, tentatively scheduled for 7 p.m. Nov. 3 at Wood Library in Canandaigua.

A community committee plans the Ewing series. The speakers will be joined by moderators who pose questions in the style of a TV talk show. Audience members will have an opportunity to submit questions as well.

Season tickets are $40 for general admission for all three events. Single event tickets are $15 each or free with a current student ID. Tickets go on sale Aug. 1. They can be purchased by phone at (585) 785-1541 or email at

Forum organizers always welcome sponsors. Donors receive tickets, admission to a reception with each speaker and other benefits. For more information, contact Caroline Delavan at (585) 394-0896.

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Here is the program for the Finger Lakes Chorale concert at #FLCC

The Finger Lakes Chorale’s tradition of performing popular music each summer continues with a concert called “A Blast from the Past – Music of the 60s and 70s” on Aug. 2 and 3 at Finger Lakes Community College.

The show features medleys of songs by the Beach Boys and Queen, the band America’s classic tune “A Horse with No Name,” Simon and Garfunkel's “Bridge Over Troubled Water,” the Beatles’ “Hey, Jude” and seven other selections.

Both concerts will be held in the FLCC auditorium on the main campus at 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The concert on Saturday, Aug. 2, begins at 7 p.m.; the Sunday, Aug. 3, concert starts at 3 p.m.

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

12 incoming students earn Gemini scholarships

Misconceptions about going to college after age 24 #FLCC

I won't fit in because everyone else is a teenager.
Fact: Older students are a minority but a sizable one. In fall 2013, 25 percent of all full-time FLCC students were 25 or older; 30 percent of all part-time students were 25 or older.

I don't have a high school diploma, only a GED.
Fact: A GED is a high school diploma and is treated equally when you enroll. It doesn't matter what your grades were. In fact, community college is a "second chance" for people whose high school work would make it hard to get into a four-year school.

My previous college work won't count.
Fact: Always tell admissions counselors about previous college work. If you have previous college credits, FLCC can check to see if they will transfer. And, FLCC only transfers credits, not grades, so you actually start over with a clean GPA slate.