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Dinolfo, Kress Congratulate Graduates Of Accelerated Precision Tooling Program

Dinolfo, Kress Congratulate Graduates Of Accelerated Precision Tooling Program

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo and Monroe Community College (MCC) President Dr. Anne M. Kress announced the completion of the ninth class of the MCC Accelerated Precision Tooling Certificate Program, funded in part by LadderzUP. A graduation ceremony was held today for the 14 participants at MCC’s Applied Technologies Center.

“One of our top economic development priorities is to connect individuals with good-paying jobs that are open and available right here, right now in Monroe County,” said Dinolfo. “LadderzUP has proven to be a highly effective way to provide the necessary skills to job seekers that are interested in new career opportunities. We’re so proud of our work with MCC, local employers, and most importantly, the 14 students who have completed the Precision Tooling Certification Program and will now be pursuing brighter futures for themselves and their families.”

The Accelerated Precision Tooling Certificate Program was created in 2013 in response to the advanced manufacturing industry’s immediate need for skilled workers. The training program enables unemployed and underemployed residents to gain education and hands-on training in the field, earn a certificate in half the time, and find employment within a year. 9 of the 14 graduates have already secured employment, while the remaining 5 graduates are currently interviewing for positions. Over 80% of program graduates in the past six years have found work in the industry or continued their education. Of the 23,000 advanced manufacturing workers currently employed in the Finger Lakes region, nearly 32% will be retirement age in within 10 years. Industry retirement rates, coupled with new job openings, present the potential for 85% of tooling and machining jobs to go unfilled in the coming years.

“Local advanced manufacturers are in desperate need of students who are ready to contribute on the job right out of college. With Monroe County’s support through LadderzUP and our partnerships with employers, we are connecting work-ready graduates to meaningful, high-tech careers and improving the quality of life for individuals and communities,” said Dr. Kress. “I am so proud of these 14 MCC students for seizing the opportunity to achieve a college credential and a rewarding career.”

LadderzUP is a Monroe County program, powered by MCC, that creates custom, accelerated job-training skills development and certification programs that prepare individuals for immediate career opportunities. The Precision Tooling Certificate Program was an existing MCC program that is now more cost-accessible for participants, due in part by LadderzUP funding.