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Driving a New National Skills Policy:
How Local Partnerships Like FAME Are Making a Difference!


The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME) was pleased to present Mr. Andy VanKleunen of the National Skills Coalition (Washington DC) at its annual industry/education event on January 28, 2015 at Monroe Community College. Mr. VanKleunen discussed key workforce topics, including the new WIOA (Workforce Innovation and Opportunity Act) funding that has been restructured to favor sector partnership strategies. This is particularly relevant for New York State, since it is forecasted to be an ‘early implementer’ of WIOA.

Keynote Speaker slides [PDF]


Event Overview:

  • 4:00pm MCC Welcome, Dr Anne Kress (President – MCC)
  • 4:10pm FAME Welcome/Update, Mike Mandina (FAME, Chair; President, Optimax Systems Inc.)
  • 4:25pm STAR Award PresentationBob Lasch of MCC’s ATC was the 2015 STAR Award winner!
  • 4:30 pm Keynote speaker, Mr. Andy Van Kleunen (Executive Director, National Skills Coalition)
  • 5:05pm Attendee Break-Out Sessions
  • 5:25pm Industry/Academic Discussion Panel:
    “Building Business and Education Partnerships”
  • 5:55 pm FAME Special Presentation, Rick Plympton (Optimax Systems Inc.)
  • 6:00 – 6:30pm Networking

Additional event materials:
MCC video: Measuring Middle-Skills Occupational Gaps within the Finger Lakes Regional Economy

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Keynote Speaker Mr. Andy VanKleunen of the National Skills Coalition.



FAME Chair Mike Mandina presents the 2015 FAME STAR Award to Bob Lasch of MCC.



Karen Springmeier receives the first donation to FAME’s new Advanced Manufacturing Student Award program from Optimax Systems.


Event attendees participate in the Industry/Academic Discussion Panel portion.



Members of the Industry/Academic Discussion Panel (for a complete listing of event panelists, please see the PDF link in the event agenda above).



Close to 160 industry, academic and workforce development professionals participated in FAME’s 2015 annual event.


This event was hosted by the Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise (FAME), Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board (FLWIB), Boards of Cooperative Educational Services (BOCES), Finger Lakes Community College, and Monroe Community College.

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