Federal grant covers tuition for new FLCC training initiative

PENN YAN – Finger Lakes Community College has received a federal grant that will cover tuition for those who enroll in its 16-week Certified Production Technician course starting Jan. 24 at Penn Yan and Bloomfield.

The Certified Production Technician (CPT) is a designation recognized by manufacturers across the country. Graduates of the program will acquire skills in occupational safety, quality and measurement, as well as modern manufacturing processes.

Courses will be offered at the Yates County Workforce Development Office at 417 Liberty St. in Penn Yan. and the Bloomfield Operations Center Learning Lab at 1 Oakmount Ave. Students with a computer and a high-speed internet connection can also take this course online. Hours of operation are Tuesday and Thursday from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. with an in-person lab once a month from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Penn Yan and Bloomfield sites.

“Federal and state governments are pushing people to enroll in advanced manufacturing training programs because they lead to stable full-time jobs that provide medical and retirement benefits,” said Todd Sloane, Director of Development of FLCC’s workforce. “The grant eliminates the financial risk of exploring a new career. “

Information sessions are planned for Thursday January 6 at 4:30 p.m. at Penn Yan; Tuesday January 11 at 4:30 p.m. at Bloomfield; and Thursday January 13 at 4:30 p.m. at the FLCC main campus, 3325 Main Sands Drive, Hopewell. Interested residents can register at flcc.edu/grit or by calling 585-785-1670 or emailing [email protected]

All students will have a personal coach who will monitor their progress and help with career planning and job applications. The CPT program is part of a national pilot project aimed at developing best practices for rural education that schools across the country can adopt.

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