Workforce Training Centers

Genesee County and the Buffalo-Rochester Tech Corridor are served by workforce training centers in Batavia, Rochester and Buffalo that provide both customized training for employers and programs that train youth in critical skills and industries.

Mechatronics Lab


Genesee Valley BOCES

The Genesee Valley BOCES, through its Batavia Career and Technical Education Center in Batavia, provides 700 enrolled students annually with accelerated training prior to high school graduation.

The Batavia CTE’s programs include electro-mechanical trades (mechatronics), CNC and welding, and building trades; with students also participating in youth apprenticeships. The CTE’s mechatronics lab has received over $800,000 of investments and offers a training opportunity on a suite of Amatrol training modules.


Finger Lakes Forward Center

The Finger Lakes Forward Center (FWD Center) in Rochester is a 50,000 sq. ft. state-of-the–art center designed to support short-term and accelerated training programs to meet the evolving workforce needs of the Finger Lakes region and place workers in high-demand jobs as identified in The Future Technician Workforce Study.

The FWD center is purposely designed, and will not be fully built out at launch, to support a variety of training programs and allow for quick modification of the space to meet the specific needs of regional employers.


Northland Workforce Training Center

Northland Workforce Training Center in Buffalo is an industry-driven, public-private partnership focused on closing the skills gap of the local labor pool and creating economic on-ramps to training, co-ops, internships, apprenticeships, and permanent employment.

Northland houses two co-located training facilities: the Advanced Manufacturing Training Center and the Utility of the Future & Clean Energy Training Center, to increase the number and quality of local candidates prepared for energy and advanced manufacturing careers. Northland provides for-credit, certificate and degree programs as core offerings through its educational partners, SUNY Alfred State College and SUNY Erie Community College.


The BEST Center

The Business and Employee Skills Training (BEST) Center at Genesee Community College is the recognized regional leader for developing a skilled workforce that drives local economic growth.

The BEST Center offers a wide range of programs and services to prepare individuals, businesses, and organizations for success in the regional economy, including Mechatronics and FANUC Simulator Training.