Workforce Development

Led by GCEDC Vice President of Workforce and Business Development Chris Suozzi, our a mega-site workforce development strategy has been developed over a decade. We actively connect training and youth programs to produce talent from diverse sources.


Workforce Highlights

  • Advanced Manufacturing Expertise in Regional Workforce focused on Mechatronics
  • Modern Training Facilities in Genesee County, Buffalo and Rochester for Accelerated Technician Training
  • Youth training model reached 3,500 students for Genesee County-based programs in 2022-23


Our Approach to Industry 4.0

  • Mechatronics & CNC Technician Pathways
  • Youth Apprenticeship and Pre-Apprenticeships in High School
  • Customized Ramp-Up Training and Upskill/Reskill Training Programs


Our Approach in Action at Genesee Valley BOCES

  • State-of-the-Art Mechatronics Training Lab trains students in daily high school classes
  • Students trained in Mechatronics Training Lab start job-shadows and co-ops in 11th and 12th grade through the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program
  • Students graduate with training and access to workforce placements, six-week pre-apprenticeship trainings, and programs ranging from certificate to PhD at community colleges and universities


Signature Youth Workforce Programs

  • GLOW With Your Hands: Manufacturing: 1,100+ high school students get hands-on career exposure with 65+ companies
  • Tech Wars: 800+ high school students complete long-term STEM projects before day-long competition at Genesee Community College
  • Genesee Valley Pre-Apprenticeship Bootcamp: Six-week advanced manufacturing training program for recent graduates led by Rochester Technology Manufacturers Association