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Partnership Meeting - March 2020

March 11th, 2020

Newark, NY – The Wayne County Partnership for Strengthening Families (WCPSF) gathered at the W-FL BOCES Conference Center for a meeting of the full membership. The focus of the meeting was developing “future-ready” individuals. Presenters spoke about how our schools, agencies, organizations, and systems are preparing the people of Wayne County for the world of tomorrow.

Larissa Hofman, Vice President of Edge Factor based out of Toronto, Ontario was the first presenter. The Wayne County Industrial Development Agency has recently partnered with Edge Factor, an innovative online platform and video production company that focuses on visual storytelling to take students and job seekers on a journey to discover training and career pathways. The result of this partnership is a series of videos exploring local career opportunities in healthcare, agriculture, optics, food preparation, construction, manufacturing, and more. Videos currently available feature opportunities and careers from Rochester Regional Health, Baldwin Richardson Foods, OptiPro, Wayne County, Rootstock Cider Works, and Optimax. A video shot at Advanced Atomization Technologies was debuted at the meeting and will be made available on the website in the near future. Anyone can start their journey of career exploration at

Next, Danielle Phillips, Director of Human Resources, and Richard Hill, Workforce Development Coordinator from Advanced Atomization Technologies spoke about careers at AA Tech and their efforts to recruit talented and dependable employees. AA Tech manufactures parts used in jet engines to improve fuel efficiency. They are located in Clyde, NY, with locations in Arizona, Brazil, and Malaysia.

This was followed by a presentation by Amanda Lesterhuis, Youth Systems Coordinator with the Finger Lakes Workforce Investment Board. Ms. Lesterhuis spoke about career awareness programs through her agency and the Youth Employment Training Program. New York State has allocated funds to pay businesses to provide young adults (up to 24 years of age) with work-to-learn skills and to increase work experience.

The final future-ready presenter was Enjoli Lyon, who spoke about College Bound services provided by Catholic Charities of Wayne County. The College Bound program currently serves more than 200 students in seven Wayne County school districts. Services include help with college and financial aid applications, college visits, resume building, and interview skills.

The meeting concluded with a brief Census update from Kristine Hanford, Partnership Specialist for the NY Regional Census Center.

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