FAME Educational Partnerships
Successful partnership with advanced manufacturing
FAME welcomes our regional educators to our organization. We have a special associate membership category that allows you access to our members, updates on workforce initiatives, and information on special student events. Click here for more information.
FAME STAR Award
Each year FAME selects an individual to receive its honorary FAME STAR Award. The STAR Award recognizes Students, Teachers, and Advanced Manufacturing Relationships in pursuit of FAME’s goal to promote awareness of advanced manufacturing careers in the pipeline. These individuals have displayed leadership in developing innovative educational and training options and programs for advanced manufacturing and STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields.
We tip our hat to the following winners of FAME’s STAR Award!
2017 STAR Award Recipient: Dan Gersbach of Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES. Pictured below (center) with colleagues from Wayne FL BOCES, Dan has been a longtime supporter of FAME and its mission through his previous work with GW Lisk. Dan is now taking that industry knowledge and passing it on to the next generation of AM workers in his position as a teacher at Wayne FL BOCES in the A.M.E. program.
2016 STAR Award Recipient: Jeanine Gallina of Monroe 2 BOCES. Pictured below with Jill Slavny (Monroe 2 BOCES) and Mike Mandina (FAME/Optimax Systems), Jeanine is a powerful advocate for advanced manufacturing and career education. As a Workplace Coordinator for WEMOCO, she has worked with and setup many co-ops with companies across the region, and was the driving force behind the first SAME, Summer Advanced Manufacturing Experience, summer machining program for students in grades 10 and 11. This program, and the awareness it created, helped boost the enrollment in WEMOCO’s Machining/Welding program to one of the strongest in NY State.
2015 STAR Award Recipient: Robert (Bob) Lasch of Monroe Community College, Program Coordinator of the Applied Technologies Center at MCC.
2014 STAR Award Recipient: Dr. Sam Samanta of Finger Lakes Community College, Victor Campus Center, Professor of Physics and Leader of FLCC’s IC Tech, or Instrumentation and Control Technologies, Program.
2013 STAR Award Recipient: Paul Conrow, East High School, Rochester City School District, Science teacher and implementer of an ophthalmic manufacturing lab at East.