A recent main campus ceremony celebrated those who earned high school equivalency diplomas through FLCC’s Adult Basic Education program. Check out more photos here and read more below.
Foreign policy expert to open speaker series
Michael O’Hanlon, an expert on U.S. defense strategy and foreign policy, will return to his hometown in September to open the 2018-19 George M. Ewing Canandaigua Forum speaker series at FLCC.
O’Hanlon, a 1978 Canandaigua Academy graduate and Maryland resident, has traveled extensively with his career at the Brookings Institution.
His talk, “U.S. Power: Stress, Strength and Strategy,” is scheduled for Sunday, Sept. 30. The series also includes:
Founder of the Arab American Institute James Zogby, on Sunday, Oct. 14, with a talk titled “The Arab World: What we don’t know but need to know; mistakes we’ve made and what we can do about them”
Former Environmental Protection Agency Administrator Gina McCarthy, on Sunday, Jan. 27, 2019, with a talk titled “Final arguments in People vs. Planet”
Conservationist, writer and Clemson University Prof. J. Drew Lanham on Sunday, March 24, 2019, with a talk titled “Coloring the Conservation Conversation”
All events begin at 4 p.m. in the Student Center Auditorium at the main campus, 3325 Marvin Sands Drive, Canandaigua. For more information, including how to buy tickets, click here.
Victor man finds his calling in mechatronics
After high school, Victor resident Michael Maynard chose what he felt would be a sensible career.
“I knew I could get a job in horticulture,” he said of his decision to enroll in FLCC’s associate degree program in 2013. By 2015, he was just shy of a degree, but he never quite finished.
Fast forward to June 2018 when he graduated from an entirely different program: mechatronic technology. Maynard had decided that pruning trees and mulching just didn’t make him happy. “I was successful, but I was not passionate about the work I was doing,” he said.
When FLCC reached out to former students who needed just a few more credits to complete their degrees, Maynard couldn’t muster the enthusiasm. But custom training technical specialist Tim Rifenberg suggested he think about mechatronic technology, a relatively new discipline that combines the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common among high-tech manufacturers.
Several days before he graduated, Maynard landed a job at Optimax Systems, an optical manufacturer in Ontario, Wayne County, where he’ll join the quality inspection team as a metrologist.
Maynard is typical of students who start the class – unsure what it’s all about – then find a career that seems tailor-made for them, said Marcia Lynch, director of workforce development for FLCC.”Michael wanted a hands-on career, but he just hadn’t found the right one. We were pleased to help him find the right fit.”
The next mechatronic technology class runs from Sept. 24 to Dec. 21, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center. A mandatory orientation session is scheduled for Thursday, July 19, at 9 a.m., also at the campus center, just west of the village of Victor. Tuition assistance is available for those who meet eligibility requirements. Registration is required at flcc.edu/pdce or call (585) 785-1670.
79 earn high school equivalency diplomas
FLCC President Robert Nye speaks to graduates at the high school equivalency ceremony in June.
A recent ceremony celebrated the 79 students who earned high school equivalency diplomas in the last year through FLCC’s free Adult Basic Education program.
Several students spoke about their reasons for leaving high school and enrolling at FLCC to get their diploma. Jean Derby of Romulus moved from one school to another at age 17, thinking she would graduate in a year. When a counselor told her she would actually need three more years to graduate from the new school, she became discouraged and dropped out.
Twenty years later, she enrolled in high school equivalency classes in September 2017 and passed the state Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) after a couple months of preparation with her teacher. “When you run away from fear, you’re also running away from the opportunity to be your best possible self,” Derby told the audience.
FLCC offers high school equivalency classes in Ontario, Wayne and Yates counties. Students can enroll at any time and work at their own pace. Spanish speakers can attend TASC preparation in their own language at a special program offered in Lyons and Geneva.
Before beginning one of these programs, students must make an appointment to meet with an FLCC representative by calling (585) 785-1431 or 785-1544. For more information, click here.
Prospective and returning students, take note: Fall semester classes begin Sept. 4 and the application deadline is Aug. 24. Information about the application and registration process can be found here, along with contact information for the One Stop Center at the main campus. Admissions information meetings and campus tours are offered throughout the summer.
Save the date: The Finger Lakes Chorale will give summer concerts of patriotic music at 3 p.m. on Aug. 11 and 12 in the FLCC Student Center Auditorium. The concerts are open to all and free, with donations accepted for student scholarships. New voices are always welcome to join the chorale, call (585) 396-0027.
Keuka at FLCC this fall: Keuka College will offer its bachelor’s in organizational management at the main campus starting Sept. 4. Classes meet one night per week from 6 to 10 p.m. and the deadline for enrollment is Aug. 1. Keuka College offers several bachelor’s and master’s degrees that can be taken at FLCC as part of its Accelerated Studies for Adults Program (ASAP). Not all programs are offered every term. More information is available here.
Canandaigua LakeMusic concerts: Tickets are now on sale for the Canandaigua LakeMusic Festival, which opens on Friday, July 20, with a concert featuring accordion and
bandoneon virtuoso Julien Labro. The event, “Cafe Music of Argentina,” begins with a musicians’ chat at 7:15 p.m. Labro will be joined by famed pianist John Blacklow. Additional concerts are planned Sunday, July 20 and 22, and Friday and Sunday, July 27 and 29.
“Master key” tickets for four FLCC shows cost $84 for general admission and $150 for patrons. Single concert tickets are $28 for general admission or $10 with a valid student ID at the door. Click here to read more about the festival. To purchase tickets, visit www.lakemusicfestival.org, or contact Alan Braun, executive director, at (585) 412-6353 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Professional Development and Continuing Education
Dantes Standardized Subject Tests offer people with specialized knowledge a chance to get college credit for what they already know at a fraction of the cost of a college course. For more information, visit www.flcc.edu/dsst. For questions, call (585) 785-1660 or email email@example.com.
Child Development Associate (CDA) certification prepares people for work in preschools and is required for positions in daycare centers. Scholarship funding to participate in this training may be available through the Educational Incentive Program (EIP). For more information or to apply for a scholarship, visit www.ecetp.pdp.albany.edu. You may also contact EIP by email at firstname.lastname@example.org, or by phone at (800) 295-9616 or (518) 442-6575. For information on upcoming class dates, contact Andréa Badger at (585) 785-1906 or Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Customized Training: Businesses and county workforce development offices can receive customized training for current and potential employees. Courses are designed to the organization’s specifications and needs. For information, call (585) 785-1906 or email email@example.com. For examples, click here.
Certified Nurse Assistant training begins July 16 in Clifton Springs, and July 23 in Rochester. Prospective students must attend an orientation session, held the first Wednesday of each month, before enrolling. For information, call (585) 785-1660 and click here.
Home Health Aide classes are offered throughout the year. Prospective students must attend an orientation session before enrolling. To sign up or for more information, call (585) 785-1660 or click here.
Mechatronic technology is a 12-week program that runs weekdays at the FLCC Victor Campus Center. Students learn the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common to many high-tech manufacturers in the Rochester area. Anyone interested in enrolling should register to attend the orientation session on July 19, at 9 a.m. at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, off Route 251. For more information, call the Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1906 or email Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Advanced manufacturing machinist is a six-month program in which students learn how to use machine tools to make precision components in aerospace, medical, automotive and other industries. An orientation session is scheduled for Tuesday, July 17, at 9 a.m. at G.W. Lisk Co., 39 Pearl St. in Clifton Springs. Classes run Sept. 10 to March 15. Register for the session online here. For more information, call the FLCC Professional Development and Continuing Education Office at (585) 785-1906 or email Andrea.Badger@flcc.edu.
Online Training: FLCC’s Professional Development and Continuing Education office has partnered with nationally-recognized providers to offer up-to-date and in-demand courses in a convenient online format. Providers include Career WebSchool, Ed2Go, Gatlin Education Services, and eLearning. For more information, click here.
Notary Public prep course: The College occasionally offers a prep course to become a Notary Public. Those who would like to be contacted when the next is scheduled should call (585) 785-1906 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.