Batavia – The Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program (FLYAP) held its annual “Signing Day” for the Genesee County BOCES – Batavia Campus at Genesee Community College (GCC). Matches were announced for more than 30 students and ten companies from the region at GCC’s BEST Center. Students signed up for either a paid co-op or unpaid job shadow at an advanced manufacturing facility.
“The Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program is proud to connect students from the Batavia BOCES’ electro-mechanical and metal trades programs to advanced manufacturing companies for paid co-ops and job shadows,” said Rich Turner, RTMA Director of Workforce Development. “Through FLYAP, high School juniors and seniors are receiving real on-the-job experience paired with state-of-the-art classroom training which prepares them for in-demand careers in advanced manufacturing.”
The Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program was created in 2018 by the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) in partnership with Monroe Community College (MCC). The program is the first of its kind in New York State and is supported by the RTMA, MCC, RG&E Foundation and Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation. The Genesee County Economic Development Center is also a FLYAP Gold Sponsor and assists the program with business recruitment.
In its fifth school year, FLYAP has connected more than 650 students to nearly 150 businesses throughout the greater Rochester and Finger Lakes region. FLYAP students have also received credit for more than 500 college classes at no cost to them, their schools or their families.
Additional programs and information can be found at www.flyap.org; or you can contact FLYAP at firstname.lastname@example.org or (585) 510-4278.