Thursday, January 29, 2015

Get the details Feb. 10 on new FLCC job training partnership with ITT Goulds Pumps

Finger Lakes Community College and ITT Goulds Pumps have signed an agreement to expand the college’s advanced manufacturing machinist program to the company’s facility in Seneca Falls.

The college’s partnership with the global industrial pump manufacturer will allow more people to enter a six-month program that provides training in skills in high demand in the Finger Lakes region.

“ITT Goulds Pumps is making a significant investment by making room at its facility for this program. We know the best training takes place in an industry setting, so we could not have done this without them,” said Lynn Freid, FLCC director of workforce development.

Anyone interested in the program should attend an information and interview session on Tuesday, Feb. 10, at 9 a.m. at ITT Goulds Pumps, 240 Fall St., Seneca Falls. Signups will be handled by the FLCC Office of Professional Development and Continuing Education at (585) 785-1906. 

Students study technical math, machine shop safety, robotics, metallurgy, engineering drawing, geometric dimensioning and CNC, or computer-controlled, mill and lathe operation.

“This program will help bring needed manufacturing skills to ITT Goulds Pumps. Along with the investments in our business, this is an equally important investment in talent to prepare us for the future,” said Mike Dellefave, director and general manager for the company’s engineered products operation.

FLCC first developed the program in 2011 with G.W. Lisk Co., a maker of solenoids and valves in Clifton Springs, to address a persistent need among advanced manufacturers in the region for skilled workers. Graduates of the previous four six-month sessions all had jobs or job offers by the end of the program.

“These partnerships effectively impact a skilled workforce pipeline. Class sizes are small due to the need for one-on-one interaction with the instructor and the ability to practice on the most modern equipment. This is why industry partners like ITT Goulds Pumps are so important,” Freid said.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Like to sing classic choral music? Now is your chance

The Finger Lakes Chorale, hosted by Finger Lakes Community College, is seeking singers for its spring concerts to be held May 2 and 3.  

Under the direction of adjunct professor Dennis Maxfield, the chorale will perform the music of Handel, Mozart, Haydn, Mendelssohn and Brahms, as well as Gabriel Faure's "Requiem."

Rehearsals will be held Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. beginning Jan. 27 at Finger Lakes Community College, room B355, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. Previous choral singing experience is preferred but not required. The spring concerts are May 2 at 7 p.m. and May 3 at 3 p.m. at St. John’s Episcopal Church, 183 N. Main St., Canandaigua.

Registration will be held prior to rehearsal on Jan. 27 through Feb. 10. A $5 non-credit fee is payable at that time. Singers should arrive early to complete registration.

Participants may also earn one college credit, which requires registering and paying tuition. To register for class credit, contact the FLCC One Stop Center at (585) 785-1000.

The chorale includes singers from towns throughout the Finger Lakes area. For more information about the group, contact Dennis Maxfield at (585) 396-0027.

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

FLCC announces fall 2014 dean’s list

Finger Lakes Community College announces the dean’s list for the fall 2014 semester. A total of 526 students earned this honor.

To be eligible for the FLCC fall dean’s list, full-time students must be matriculated, earn a grade point average of 3.5 or higher, and complete 12 or more credit hours. A matriculated student is one who has been accepted to a degree or certificate program.

Below are the students listed by county and town:
Belfast: Samuel McCumiskey
Fillmore: Meagan Voss
Salamanca: Courtney Owens

Bronx: Dorren Allen-Carr, Celines Flores

Windsor: Joseph LaCourt

Auburn: Emilie Salato, Sara Taylor
Cayuga: Janet Patterson
Jordan: Emily Martens
Moravia: Kirk Swan
Port Byron: Joshua Trowse

Monday, January 12, 2015

A team approach to getting more skilled workers

Leaders in business and education from across the region will gather at Monroe Community College on Jan. 28 to discuss partnerships that will better prepare young and mid-career workers for current and future jobs.

The event is sponsored by the trade group Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise and
called “Driving a New National Skills Policy: Why Local Partnerships Like FAME Make a Difference.”

Andy Van Kleunen
The conference runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, Jan. 28, at Monroe Community College's Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on the Brighton Campus, 1000 East Henrietta Road. Registration is required. The $25 fee is waived for educators at the online site: Parking is available in lots M and M1. For details, call (315) 521-7826.

The keynote speaker is Andy Van Kleunen, founder and executive director of the National Skills Coalition, which campaigns for policies that will ensure a stable supply of 21st century “middle-skill” workers. The term middle-skill refers to jobs that require more than a high school education but not necessarily a four-year degree.  

Van Kleunen will discuss key workforce topics, including the new WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funding that has been restructured to favor partnership strategies.

“No sector can operate in a vacuum. We need schools and colleges to train tomorrow’s workers, but they can use our insight to make sure they are teaching the most relevant skills and knowledge,” said Mike Mandina, chair of FAME. “Andy will help bring focus and force to this idea.”

Anne Kress, president of Monroe Community College, will give the welcome, and Mandina will update attendees on FAME initiatives. The event will feature a discussion panel on building business and education partnerships, the presentation of the Star Award to an educator who prepares students for work in advanced manufacturing, and networking.

This event is hosted by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Finger Lakes Community College and Monroe Community College.

Monday, January 5, 2015

Feb. 7 FLCC business seminar offers practical advice for online marketing, sales

Experts in online marketing and sales will offer advice at an Entrepreneur Solutions seminar for current and future business owners on Saturday, Feb. 7, at Finger Lakes Community College in Canandaigua.

Renée Frazier
The event will feature speakers Renée Frazier, CEO and principal officer of Marketing A La Renée in Rochester, and Edward A. Hanchett, executive vice president of equaTEK Interactive in Victor. The program is designed for anyone considering starting a business or current business owners who would like more information on electronic marketing or sales.

Frazier, whose company offers business planning, marketing, event planning and other services, will give a talk called “Marketing Toolkit:  A Guide to Best Practices and Smart Choices for Your Organization and You!”

Hanchett, co-founder of a company that assists businesses with website hosting, digital marketing and online sales, will speak on “eCommerce – Anytime, Anywhere.”

Entrepreneur Solutions runs from 8:30 a.m. to noon at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The cost is $10. A continental breakfast is provided. Register by Feb. 4 by calling FLCC at (585) 785-1421, or email Lorrie Childs at

Ed Hanchett
Feb. 7 marks the sixth Entrepreneur Solutions event at FLCC; it is a public service project of FLCC, the Ontario County Office of Economic Development, the Canandaigua Chamber of Commerce, and PathStone Enterprise Center, a nonprofit that provides entrepreneurial training, technical assistance and access to capital.

All participants will have an opportunity to sign up for PathStone’s Microenterprise Assistance Program (MAP), an 11-week class on the fundamentals of starting and expanding a business. Classes run Thursdays from Feb. 26 to May 14 from 6 to 9 p.m. in room A105 of the FLCC main campus. The MAP course costs $50. Register for MAP in person at Entrepreneur Solutions, by phone at (585) 340-3387 or online at

Other agencies that help entrepreneurs such as the Small Business Administration have been invited to staff resources tables for informal conversations on topics related to starting or operating a business. Participants may visit the resource tables during breaks and before and after the program.

Tuesday, December 30, 2014

Charity basketball tourney raises $5K for local food pantries

The Commodore Cup fundraiser tournament at FLCC Dec. 19 raised $5,000 for local food pantries. The Cananadaigua Academy boys topped Victor's Blue Devils, while Victor's girls won their game against CA.
A charity basketball tournament recently hosted by Finger Lakes Community College raised $5,000 for two local food pantries.

The third annual Commodore Cup on Dec. 19 featured contests between the boys and girls basketball teams at rival high schools Victor and Canandaigua Academy. 

The bleachers in the FLCC gymnasium were packed for the event that was emceed by 13WHAM anchors Doug Emblidge and Jennifer Johnson. Canandaigua native and 100.5 The Drive radio host Pete “The Mayor” Kennedy served as announcer of the boys’ game, while Don Blanding of Victor announced the girls’ game. A play-by-play was broadcast by Craig Simmons on WFLK 104.5. The Canandaigua boys varsity team topped Victor, 59-44, while the Victor girls won their matchup with Canandaigua, 52-44.

Funds were raised from ticket sales, along with raffles and sponsor donations. Half of the proceeds will go to the Victor-Farmington Food Cupboard, which feeds nearly 700 families per month. The remaining $2,500 goes to Canandaigua Churches in Action, which now serves about 400 families each month. 

“We’re pleased to see this event continue to grow since it means more families in need will be helped this holiday season,” said Bob Lowden, FLCC’s athletic director. “It’s not only a worthwhile cause, but also a fun event.” 

The event is named for its sponsor, Commodore Plastics, a foam products company in East Bloomfield. Brad Braddon, president of Commodore Plastics, has children in Victor schools and his siblings, Jeff and Anne, have children in the Canandaigua district.

The Victor and Canandaigua booster clubs organized the inaugural event in 2012 with the help of Lowden; Frank Clark, the then-boys basketball coach in Victor; and Mike Broderick, the boys’ basketball coach in Canandaigua. 

The Commodore Cup extended this year to matchups the night before, on Dec. 18, between junior varsity boys and girls basketball teams at the two schools. Those contests, held at Victor High School, raised almost $350 of the proceeds.

Fifth- and sixth-grade travel teams from the two districts also got in the action, playing scrimmages during the half times of each of the varsity games at FLCC on Dec. 19.

In keeping with the spirit of the Commodore Cup, two student athletes from each district were honored for their volunteer service. Canandaigua’s Madi Sears and Ian Brown received plaques, as did Victor’s MacKenzie Dowdle and Alec DeCarlo. Emblidge was also honored for volunteering his time for the event each year.

Organizers hope to continue the tradition with another matchup in 2015. Anyone wishing to pitch in with sponsorships, donations or other support can contact FLCC’s Lowden at (585) 785-1459 or email

Tuesday, December 23, 2014

FLCC offers ballroom dance class at main campus

Finger Lakes Community College will offer a six-week ballroom dance class on Saturdays, starting Feb. 21, at the main campus.

Participants will learn the foxtrot, rumba, swing and waltz in sessions that run Feb. 21 to March 28, from noon to 12:55 p.m. in the George M. Ewing Sr. Atrium at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive. The cost is $84 per person.

The instructor is Michelle Madore, the 2002 Professional World Exhibition Ballroom Dance Champion. She has a master’s degree in fine arts in dance and choreography and a bachelor’s degree in kinesiology. For more information go to

To register, contact Charlene Fairman in the FLCC Community Affairs Office at (585) 785-1660 or