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Students celebrate career-driven Signing Day

The first-ever Signing Day for the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program was held on Jan. 28 at Monroe Community College.


Similar to signing days for college athletes, this event celebrated the future path a student has taken for their career. During the event, students signed an agreement with their matched employer to officially begin their paid Co-Op.


In its first year, the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship program is an effort to offer solutions to the skilled labor shortage. The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association (RTMA) partnered with MCC and other community members to create the formal program for junior and seniors. Those students will enter into a partnership with a company and earn credit towards an apprenticeship while still in high school.


The program provides structured training to create a bridge between candidates seeking a career opportunity and employers who have a certified New York State Apprenticeship program or similar training opportunities.


The RTMA describes the prestigious program as ‘only the beginning of a long journey in the workforce and it is intended to expose students to many great career opportunities for their future.’


More than 100 students applied to the program with 54 attending the matching day event and 36 selected to engage with employers.


Information on the program can be found on this RTMA page.