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Interview Opportunities with MCC's Partners (01/09/2013)

As the primary educator of the local workforce, Monroe Community College has a 50-year tradition of serving the educational and workforce development needs of the Greater Rochester area. We do this by building robust, innovative partnerships with school districts and four-year institutions, with workforce development boards, industries, businesses, government, private philanthropists and external funding agencies. An overview of several MCC partnerships follows.

● In promoting high-demand green careers, MCC partners with schools and employers to provide relevant training and to encourage youths to pursue credentials through its Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning/Refrigeration program.

For example, MCC is collaborating with Siemens Industry Inc. to develop a laboratory to provide students and incumbent workers with hands-on training on energy management systems. Siemens donated equipment, including building automation systems such as motion sensor lighting and security devices as well as technologies that control room temperature, indoor air quality and heat recovery for energy efficiency. The lab will be housed within the existing Alternative Energies Lab at MCC’s Applied Technologies Center, 2485 West Henrietta Road.

In addition to donating equipment, Siemens has also hired MCC graduates and provided co-op opportunities to MCC students seeking work experience.

Equally vital to strengthening the workforce pipeline is MCC’s partnerships with schools. Currently, BOCES and Spencerport Central School District students can earn college credit for a high school course in heating, plumbing and basic refrigeration when they enroll at MCC.

John Messer, area operations manager for Siemens Industry Inc. in Rochester, can provide an employer’s perspective. He can be reached at (585) 465-1969.

● As president and owner of Stefan Sydor Optics in Chili, Jim Sydor has helped carve a unique niche in the fabrication of precision quality, flat-surfaced parallel and wedged optics. His clients include the U.S. Department of Energy, NASA and the motion picture industry.

Throughout his company’s success, Sydor continued to maintain ties with MCC, his alma mater. In addition to hiring graduates, he has helped the college promote and grow its optical systems technology program through support of innovative initiatives, such as the summer optics camp for high school students. This past summer, Sydor turned a company van into a moving billboard for MCC in hopes of making more people aware of the good jobs that are available now in the optics field.

More recently, he is a supporter of a statewide effort to help put thousands of displaced workers and veterans back to work in viable manufacturing careers through the Training and Education in Advanced Manufacturing Educational Pathways Project. This initiative partners 30 SUNY community colleges with hundreds of employers and trade groups, including Sydor Optics.

Sydor can be reached at (585) 271-7300.

● Six years ago, Michael Krupnicki, president of Mahany Welding Supply in Gates, began working with MCC to provide an elective welding course for machining, HVAC/R, and automotive students. In 2009, in response to increased calls from companies for skilled welders, he helped develop a 20-week program in welding and fabrication for MCC that prepares students for exams to earn industry credentials. Since then, more than 60 students have graduated from the program and more than a dozen local employers have hired graduates.

All 16 members of the latest graduating class are gainfully employed. Several have started their own business; others are working as welders, fabricators and artists.

An MCC alumnus, Krupnicki is one of the instructors in the program and has hired a few of the graduates, including Kate Cosden, who helps teach the welding and fabrication class and leads classes for Rochester Institute of Technology, The College at Brockport, and MCC in topics ranging from industrial design to mechanical engineering. Krupnicki can be reached at (585) 705-1764.

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