Workforce Development Training Programs

Contact John Jakubowski, Workforce Development Consultant, for the GCEDC at 585-343-4866 

Partnerships with these colleges and universities sets Genesee County apart from other places in the world.  We will ensure that you have the brightest talent pool for your company and assist in setting up training programs for your employees in the region.

Mechatronics Training Program for Companies

The Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC) and Genesee Community College (GCC) announced its collaboration with CNC Technical Solutions, Inc. (CNCTS) to implement a pilot mechatronics training program. The program is tailored to meet the individual training needs of several local manufacturers and instruct participants in the areas of electrical and mechanical technical repair support. 

John Nappa, founder of CNCTS, will oversee the program in the company’s state-of-the-art facility and approved New York State training center in Medina, NY. The program is planned to consist of two phases, an introductory training program and an advanced training program respectively. The first phase will consist of 136 hours of training delivered in 17 eight-hour sessions.  Phase two will begin in September and will take place one day a week for 17 consecutive weeks.  More information here.


Food Processing Training Certificate Program

Brochure/ Program Description

The training program, developed by GCEDC, GCC, RIT and, Cornell University, will benefit the area’s existing food processing companies.  It will also prepare a workforce for companies in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park.

The training program is being funded by an Area Development grant obtained by the GCEDC from the National Fuel Gas Corporation with additional financial support from the Finger Lakes Food Cluster Initiative—funded by the Department of Labor's Employment and Training Administration in the amount of $38,000 or  28% of the program.


iSciWNY Program


Life sciences career pathways and training programs with The University at Buffalo, Genesee Community College, High Schools across the Finger Lakes and Western New York Region.  This ongoing program has helped to fill the worker pipeline for life science companies and to get young students interested in careers in this field.  The pilot program was made possible by a Department of Labor grant.

Today iSciWNY workforce development program continues to raise awareness of the variety of jobs in Buffalo Niagara’s growing life sciences industry. iSciWNY leverages research and resources from area life sciences companies and UB to promote careers in life sciences. UB’s New York State Center of Excellence in Bioinformatics & Life Sciences (CBLS) is proud to work with iSciWNY to help passionate individuals grow in their careers, and provide information to those who are interested in science, medicine and business.


Advanced Manufacturing & Nano Tech Training


With the Rochester Institute of Technology and Genesee Community College.  Tremendous success for local participants and for companies around the region was realized at the culmination of this training program.  75% of the graduates have taken jobs in regional advanced manufacturing companies.  This program was made possible through a New York State Homes and Community Renewal grant. 



Workforce Development Training Partners

If your company is in need of specifically trained employees or if your current employees need specialized training call us first.  We would be happy to help your business align with the right training partner to meet your needs.  The list below is not exclusive, but lists many of agencies and universities that the GCEDC partners with on a continual basis to offer specific training for companies and for person who are currently in the job market.


One-Stop Career Shop (NYS DOL)

Genesee Valley Educational Partnership

Business Education Alliance- Genesee County

Genesee Community College Best Center

Rochester Institute of Technology

Cornell University

University at Buffalo

Genesee Community College- The BEST Center

Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise




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