The college is offering information sessions this month for programs in advanced manufacturing.

A federal grant has made it possible for Finger Lakes Community College to offer free tuition to youths ages 17 to 29 for its short-term job training programs in advanced manufacturing.

The college will hold information sessions in July for its advanced manufacturing machinist and mechatronic technology programs.

The six-month advanced manufacturing machinist course, in which participants learn to use computer-controlled machines to make precision parts, runs from Sept. 11 through March 16 at G.W. Lisk Co. in Clifton Springs. The information session is scheduled for 9 a.m. Thursday, July 13, at G.W. Lisk Co., 39 Pearl St., Clifton Springs.

A 12-week mechatronic technology program, which provides training in the mechanical and electrical fundamentals common to many businesses, runs Sept. 25 to Dec. 22 at the FLCC Victor Campus Center. The course includes three nationally recognized industry certifications in soldering and safety. The information session is at 9 a.m. Tuesday, July 18, at the FLCC Victor Campus Center, off Route 251.

“We like to call this the ‘other’ free tuition,” said Marcy Lynch, FLCC director of workforce development. “There has been a lot of publicity regarding New York’s scholarship to cover college tuition, but not everyone is ready to go to college right away. These training programs provide some different options that lead to good jobs.”

FLCC launched its first advanced manufacturing program with G.W. Lisk Co. in 2011 because of the rising demand for skilled workers. Advanced manufacturing differs from traditional manufacturing in its reliance on computers and the need for clean, climate-controlled working areas.

Though most graduates of the machining program are offered jobs right away, FLCC has an agreement with Monroe Community College that will allow the students to transfer into its precision machining and tooling certificate and degree program. MCC will give students college credit for training through FLCC.

Tuition for advanced manufacturing ranges from $3,500 to $4,000; however, the U.S. Department of Labor’s America’s Promise program covers tuition for those age 17 to 29, veterans and dislocated workers. Anyone with questions is encouraged to call 585-785-1906.

For details

Anyone interested in Finger Lakes Community College's advanced manufacturing machinist and mechatronic technology programs should call 585-785-1906 to reserve a seat at information sessions later this month.