Jobs await FLCC-G.W. LISK machinist graduates

March 31, 2014 – All 11 students who completed the Finger Lakes Community College-G.W. Lisk Co. advanced manufacturing machinist training program had full-time jobs before the graduation ceremony on March 25.

The training program is a partnership between the college and the Clifton Springs manufacturer to build an advanced manufacturing workforce. The expansion of advanced manufacturing – which uses computers to produce high-precision components – in the Rochester region has led to a shortage of skilled workers in recent years.

FLCC and G.W. Lisk launched the project in 2011 as a six-month, non-credit training program. However, during the graduation ceremony at Warfield’s Restaurant Tuesday, FLCC President Barbara Risser announced an agreement with Monroe Community College that will allow the students to get college credit as well. FLCC-G.W. Lisk graduates can now apply that credit to MCC’s precision machining and tooling certificate and degree programs.

“This agreement will give FLCC-G.W. Lisk graduates a head start on further education, which will open up even more job opportunities for them,” said Lynn Freid, director of workforce development at FLCC.

2014 FLCC Grads

The graduates, who have all been hired full-time, are from left, front row: Kyle Roloson, John Wojciechowski, David Burke, Eric Chester, Keefe Lozier. Second row, from left: Nicholas Hyland, Benjamin Norsen, Michael Gunkler, Abram Voorhees, Lukas Kommer, Kevin Smith

Students in the advanced manufacturing machinist program learn through classroom and hands-on instruction how to use machine tools to make precision components for the automotive, aerospace, medical and other industries.

“You’re going to have the opportunity to work with some of the most advanced machines in the world,” G.W. Lisk Co. President Ed Maier told the graduates. Several graduates were hired immediately by G.W. Lisk Co. Others will work for Crosman Corp., Triplett Machine Co., and HPH Precision Machining Inc.

Joe Sempolinski, a member of Congressman Tom Reed’s staff, also attended to congratulate the graduates for their accomplishment and FLCC and G.W. Lisk Co. for the partnership.

“This is really a model for what we should do throughout our country,” he said. “We need to do a better job of matching up people, skill sets and jobs.”

Tuition is charged and includes all materials. Tuition assistance may be available through programs for dislocated or unemployed workers and low-income youth. Attendance at an orientation session is required before enrolling. For more information or to be notified when the next orientation is scheduled, contact Andrea Badger at FLCC at (585) 785-1906 or

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