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Regional Apprenticeships – A School to Career Connection


Featuring Mr. Brent Parton, Deputy Director of the Center on Education & Skills with the Education Policy program at New America


April 30, 2019

Monroe Community College


The Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise was pleased to present our 2019 annual event Keynote, Mr. Brent Parton from the Center on Education & Skills with the Education Policy program at New America on April 30, 2019 at MCC. The Center is dedicated to building learning-based pathways to economic opportunity that can begin inside or outside of formal higher education.



Brent Parton (PAYA/New America)


Pictured below with our event panel, Karen Springmeier (FLWIB) and Dave Phillips (G.W. Lisk), his work focuses on federal and state policies to scale those pathways, and ensure their quality and relevance within an evolving economy.




Parton is leading New America’s Partnership to Advance Youth Apprenticeship (PAYA). PAYA is a multi-year initiative that will support efforts in states and cities to expand access to high-quality apprenticeship opportunities for high school age youth.


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This year’s FAME event included an update from FAME Chair Dave Phillips (G.W. Lisk), an Edge Factor update from Chris Suozzi (GCEDC), presentations by FAME’s 2018/2019 Student Scholarship recipient Victor Halfmann, and comments on an advanced manufacturing apprenticeship experience from Joe Dean of Micro Instrument Corp.



Victor Halfmann, FAME’s 2018/2019 Student Scholarship Recipient



Joe Dean (right), Apprentice at Micro Instrument Corp. with supervisor Chris Magee


Following the event Keynote was a productive panel discussion and Q&A with, from left below, Bob Coyne (RTMA), Jill Slavny (WEMOCO BOCES 2), Brent Parton (PAYA), Natalie Panaro (NYS DOL), and Dale Pearce (MCC).








The event closed with the presentation of FAME’s 2019 STAR Award to Jim VanKouwenberg (below center) of Optimax Systems!





3:30pm – Registration/Networking

4:00pm – MCC Welcome: Dale Pearce, Director, Curriculum Development and Apprenticeships

4:05pm – FAME Welcome/Update: Dave Phillips, Chair; Training Mgr, GW Lisk

2019 FAME Annual Event PowerPoint [PDF]

4:25pm – Edge Factor Update: Chris Suozzi, Genesee County EDC/STAMP

4:30pm – 2018/2019 FAME Student Scholarship Winner, Victor Halfmann

4:35pm – Micro Instrument Corp. Apprentice, Joe Dean

4:40pm – Event Keynote: Brent Parton, New America/PAYA

Brent Parton Presentation [PDF]

5:20pm – Apprenticeships Panel and Q&A

Bob Coyne (Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Assn.)

• Natalie Panaro (NYS Department of Labor)

Brent Parton (New America/PAYA)

• Dale Pearce (Monroe Community College)

Jill Slavny (Monroe 2 BOCES)

6:00pm – FAME 2019 STAR Award Presentation/Closing remarks

6:15pm – Apprenticeship Tabletops and Networking


Additional event materials:

NYS DOL Apprenticeships in Advanced Manufacturing

Did you know? AM Careers


Contact: Michele Stolberg, FAME Facilitator



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.


Thank you to our event sponsors!


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