Stephanie Anders, of Farmington, recently graduated from Finger Lakes Community College’s 12-week Mechatronic Technology Job Training program with a completion ceremony at FLCC Victor Campus Center.
Anders completed the program with Luis Alfonso Cuevas, of Lima; Adam Greene, of Rochester; Tom Maioli, of Canandaigua; Kathy Murphy, of Macedon; and Peter Wyse, of Rochester.
Wyse interviewed for a position with RCare Inc. just a few days before graduating from the program. His interviewer, Christopher Godfrey, graduated from the same FLCC program two years ago. The coincidence gave proof to Wyse not only of the demand for positions in the field, but also of the opportunity for quick advancement.
“I’d spent so long in a shrinking company, it would be nice to work for one that’s growing,” said Wyse, who worked for Eastman Kodak for 39 years until he lost his job to downsizing three years ago.
Ontario County economic developer Mike Manikowski said that mechatronics and similar job training programs were developed by FLCC in partnership with workforce development agencies to address the growing need for skilled workers in the region.
“There’s a high demand for their skills,” Manikowski said. “I’d be surprised if they haven’t already been approached by employers.”
Mechatronics is a 12-week program where participants learn the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common to many local businesses. Training includes three nationally recognized industry certifications in soldering and safety.
Murphy also went on job interviews before graduating from the training program. She has had to rely on contract work since she lost her job a few years ago.
“I got hands-on experience, which I needed because I come from the engineering side,” she said.
The mechatronic technology program is offered twice each year. The next class will run from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. March 6 through May 19 at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, 200 Victor Heights Parkway, Victor. Those interested are required to attend an orientation session scheduled Jan. 11.
For more information, call 585-785-1906 or email pdce@flcc.edu or andrea.badger@flcc.edu.