MCC's Economic and Workforce Development: Spring 2017 Newsletter

The latest news and updates regarding the MCC Economic and Workforce Development division.



workforce forward.

Visit MCC’s new economic and workforce development microsite. On the recently launched micro-site for economic and workforce development at MCC you will find information about the work of the economic and workforce development division and have access to division publications, recent news and media. Please explore and don’t hesitate to reach out at with any questions. While you’re there (if you haven’t already done so) join the MCC business and industry database.

Create skilled workers. Make an economic impact.

Learn how MCC’s economic and workforce development division functions as an integrated team to make a positive impact on the local economy.

The MCC Economic and Workforce Development Center is moving.

On May 17, 2017 the MCC Economic and Workforce Development Center will open in a new space on the 7th floor of MCC’s Downtown Campus located at 321 State Street in downtown Rochester.

New York INSPIRE project: tuition-free education and training. Under the leadership of the economic and workforce development division, MCC has been awarded a $6 million America’s Promise grant through the U.S. Department of Labor. The grant is a portion of a $111 million package of federal grants awarded late last year. Nearly two dozen community colleges across the country received grants as part of the Obama administration plan to invest in education and training programs and create more pathways to employment for millions of Americans. The MCC award is funding NY INSPIRE, a 4-year project, which includes a consortium of local community colleges and partners led by MCC. The objective is to connect under-served urban and rural youth, veterans, and incumbent workers with tuition-free training and education in advanced manufacturing, information technology, and health care occupations. Programs will include a variety of work-based learning opportunities to help participants obtain necessary skills, competencies and credentials including apprenticeship, on-the-job training, paid work experience and paid internships. A mixture of classroom education, cohort-based learning and technology-enabled training strategies will also be used. To learn more about the NY INSPIRE project, contact MCC at

The Economic and Workforce Development Center includes the following:

■ Office of the Vice President for the Economic and Workforce Development Division ■ Corporate College ■ Grants Office ■ Secondary Education Partnerships ■ Marketing Operations for Economic and Workforce Development

Links to know.

Division Landing Page Labor Market Intelligence

Corporate College Spring Schedule MCC Career Coach

Using big data to lead collaborative economic and workforce development interventions.

A new beta version 1.0 web platform,, was recently launched to estimate the middle-skills gaps within three upstate New York regions including Finger Lakes, Western New York, and Central New York, using labor market data from multiple big data providers. This platform is designed for workforce practitioners, educators, and economic developers, and uses MCC’s previously published report titled, Measuring Middle-Skills Occupational Gaps within the Finger Lakes Regional Economy, as a template for the data framework. Like the report, the platform uses a labor supply/labor demand analysis applied to middle-skills occupational groups from four workforce clusters: advanced manufacturing, applied technologies, information and computer technology, and health care. The sector analysis includes dashboards identifying and measuring educational attainment through a region’s capacity to produce certificate and degree completions against estimated annual openings for each middle-skills occupational group. The point of the initiative is not measurement for measurement sake but making the information actionable and impactful, and to convene regional economic and workforce development collaborations

that positively impact the community. To support this objective, a Regional Advisory Board that consists of economic developers, workforce practitioners, secondary and post-secondary educators, professional associations and community partners has been assembled. Their input and perspective continue to play a role in the development of the platform, and there is active discussion around collaboration opportunities. Currently, MCC is working with secondary education partners to roll-out several projects that integrate the web platform into their regular work in meaningful ways. Additionally, the Monroe County division of Economic Development and Planning has embraced as a tool to better develop data informed economic and workforce development programs. This is a major step in reaching the website objective to become the tool-of-record for the region in the development of economic development strategy and middle skills gap analyses. Development of the platform was funded in part by JPMorgan Chase & Co.

Regional Advisory Board. Pictured left to right, front row: Mike Mandina, Optimax; Lynn Fried, Workforce Development Institute; Joe Nairn, Finger Lakes Community College; Mike Woloson, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board; Lee Koslow, RochesterWorks; Susan Allen, East Irondequoit School District; Carol Stehm, Gate-Chili School District; Karen Poland, Monroe-2 BOCES. Back row: John Lisak, Mon- roe-1 BOCES; Chris Wiest, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce; Colleen DiMartino, Greater Rochester Chamber of Commerce; Keith Babuszczak, Rochester City School District; Jill Slavny, Monroe-2 BOCES; Joe Wesley, Wegmans; Todd Oldham, Monroe Community College; Joe Hamm, NYS Dept. of Labor; Kevin Kelley, Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association; Gloria Morgan, Rochester Educational Opportunity Center; Richard Fox, Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturing Enterprise; Rich Turner, Monroe County Economic Development. Not pictured: Karen Springmeier, Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board; Matt Hurlbutt, Greater Rochester Enterprise; Steve Hyde, Genesee County Economic Development Center; Kent Gardner, Center for Governmental Research; Roosevelt Mareus, SUNY Brockport; Peter Pecor, RochesterWorks; Reid Smalley, Genesee Community College; Shaun Nelms, Rochester City School District; Bill Rotenberg, Monroe Commu- nity College/P-TECH; Paul Burke, Rochester City School District; Charles Dipasquale, Genesee Valley BOCES; Matt Flowers, Genesee Valley BOCES; Cherie Becker, Monroe-1 BOCES; Annette Christensen, Monroe-1 BOCES; Erin Fairben, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES; Kathleen Richardson, Greece Central School District; Jon Sanfratello, Genesee Valley BOCES; Michele Sullivan, Wayne Finger Lakes BOCES.

MCC’s economic and workforce development division works closely with numerous local businesses, education partners, industry associations, and community based organizations to anticipate workforce needs and provide education programs which address those needs. However, sometimes, seeking collaborative partners is a matter of focusing internally. Through cross-divisional collaboration between the career services office, part of the student services division, and career technical education, part of the economic and workforce development division, the College has been able to place a greater focus on work experiences and job placement opportunities for career technical education students. As a result of collaboration, last year, 736 connections were made between career technical education students and local employers. The hope is to continue to grow this program and expand the ability to connect students to employment opportunities in the community. This is a win-win situation – students get jobs and valuable work experience, and employers gain direct access to qualified workers. Work experience and job placement for career technical education students.

Finger Lakes Regional Workforce Development Center at Eastman Business Park.

MCC has been awarded nearly $12 million in state funds to establish the Finger Lakes Regional Workforce Development Center at Eastman Business Park. The Center represents one of three Rochester-based anti-poverty projects to receive state funding. The investments complement Finger Lakes Forward, the region’s Upstate Revitalization Initiative blueprint aimed at growing the economy. The Center ( ) is an outgrowth of key efforts by the MCC economic and workforce development division over the past five years and is one aspect of a larger vision to better support the community’s workforce, employers’ needs and our regional economy. The vision for the center includes creating flexible spaces that support a variety of programs and allow for quick modification of programming, credit and noncredit, to match the skills the College has measured as being most in demand within the region. Once operational, in the first five years the Center is expected to train an estimated 2,300 workers and add more than approximately $40 million in economic benefits to the region in the form of worker salaries and increased supply chain value.

Economic and Workforce Development Center MCC Downtown Campus, 321 State Street, 7th Floor Rochester, NY 14608 │

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