Tuesday, May 17, 2011

FLCC and FL Works: Helping people get ahead

FLCC student Jeuel Bradley of Geneva at work at Charlie Riedel’s restaurant.

The public can learn more about Finger Lakes Works job preparation and search services and how they link with Finger Lakes Community College programs at open houses throughout the region on Thursday, May 26, from 1 to 3 p.m.

Finger Lakes Works helps youth and displaced workers prepare for and conduct a job search at its five One Stop Centers in Ontario, Seneca, Wayne and Yates counties. The agency also helps local residents enroll in educational programs that lead to job opportunities.
Open house locations are as follows:

Finger Lakes Works-Geneva, 70 Elizabeth Blackwell St., Geneva, (315) 789-1771
Finger Lakes Works-Seneca, 1 DiPronio Drive, Waterloo, (315) 539-1905
Finger Lakes Works-Wayne, 1519 Nye Road, Lyons, (315) 946-7270
Finger Lakes Works-Ontario, 3010 County Complex Drive, Hopewell, (585) 396-4020
Finger Lakes Works-Yates, 417 Liberty, Suite 2021, Penn Yan, (315) 536-5140
Below are two students of Finger Lakes Community College programs who got their start with Finger Lakes Works:        
Natasha Murphy of Newark took advantage of Finger Lakes Works services for youth, including an internship at a nursing home. The experience convinced her she wanted to pursue a career in health care, and she enrolled in the six-week nurse assistant and home health aide course at Finger Lakes Community College in July 2010. After completing the program, she successfully obtained state certification and now works as a certified nurse assistant at Clifton Springs Hospital and Clinic.
Jeuel Bradley moved to Geneva when his family was displaced by Hurricane Katrina. He found adjustment to his new life difficult and did not finish high school. To get a second chance, he entered a Finger Lakes Works youth program, which led to his enrollment in an FLCC general equivalency diploma class. Bradley earned his GED in June 2010 and enrolled at FLCC the following fall. He has just completed his freshman year while maintaining a part-time job as short order cook at Charlie Riedel’s restaurant in Canandaigua. He anticipates completing his associate degree in human services in 2012.
For more information about Finger Lakes Works, visit fingerlakesworks.com.
For information on Finger Lakes Community College programs, visit www.flcc.edu.

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