Article: Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program

Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program

Congratulations to Churchville-Chili seniors Dylan Peet and Andrew Shortino who were accepted into the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program in March. Both are enrolled in the Engineering and Metal Fabrication and Welding programs at Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES Career and Technical Education (CTE). Dylan was selected to apprentice with CooperVision and Andrew, with D.P. Tool & Machine.

This is a significant accomplishment as only 32 students were chosen from the Greater Rochester area. 

The signing event was modeled after the NFL’s Draft Day and featured streaming videos, contract announcements, official signings between students and employers, photo ops, team swag and the first steps on the path to exciting careers. Students officially signed the agreement with their employers during the Signing Day ceremony. They also found out when their Job Shadow or Co-Op would officially start.

In a letter sent to the students who were accepted, Bob Coyne, Executive Director for the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA), congratulated the students, saying, “We are proud to usher in the next generation of talented students who will help lead the industry to a new era of technology, international competition and manufacturing distinction.”

The program was coordinated by the RTMA and Monroe Community College. There were multiple phases in the application and interviewing process, pairing high schoolers with local manufacturing companies.

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