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Brooks Congratulates Graduates of 2013 Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience

Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks today was joined by representatives from Monroe Community College (MCC), Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES, and the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise, to congratulate the second graduating class of the Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience at the MCC Applied Technology Center. The Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience is funded by Monroe County and designed to create a hands-on experience for 10th and 11th graders in the precision manufacturing career field. Today’s graduation marked the successful completion of the program for 11 participants.

“The Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience has proven to be highly successful in preparing local high school students for rewarding careers in the precision machining industry,” said Brooks. “Today’s 11 graduates represent a crucial step in the right direction toward creating hundreds of local manufacturing jobs, strengthening our economy, and providing Monroe County’s young people with the tools necessary for success long after their high school years.”

"Advanced manufacturing continues to be a critical industry cluster for our region," said Todd Oldham, Vice President of Economic Development and Innovative Workforce Services at Monroe Community College. "This is the second year that MCC has been part of the Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience. The program provides high school students with the opportunity to gain basic career skills, and experience first-hand how those skills are applied in real-life work environments. A great step toward building the workforce of tomorrow."

Today’s graduates each received three credit hours of MCC Precision Machine Program credit toward an A.A.S. degree in Precision Manufacturing at MCC. The Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience is the result of a collaborative partnership between Monroe County, MCC, Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES and the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise.

Students who graduate from the MCC Applied Technology Center are eligible for the Monroe Manufactures Jobs Program, funded by the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation. This innovative program connects graduates with local manufacturing companies by providing both the employer and employee with a $1,500 bonus. For more information, visit http://www.monroecc.edu/depts/apptech/ .