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Wayne Post
  • FLCC-G.W. Lisk machinist class graduates with job offers

  • All 15 members of the second class in the advanced manufacturing machinist training program sponsored by Finger Lakes Community College and G.W. Lisk Co. had jobs or job offers by the March 26 graduation ceremony.

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  • All 15 members of the second class in the advanced manufacturing machinist training program sponsored by Finger Lakes Community College and G.W. Lisk Co. had jobs or job offers by the March 26 graduation ceremony.
     
    Graduates of the six-month program, a combination of classroom and hands-on training, celebrated at Warfield’s Restaurant in Clifton Springs. Local graduates are Ken Tack of Lyons, Diana Austin of Newark and Jon Youngs of Sodus.
     
    G.W. Lisk and FLCC developed the program to address a persistent need among advanced manufacturers in the region for workers. Today’s manufacturers use computer-controlled processes to make precision components and require workers with higher-level skills than factories did a generation ago.
     
    “The skills our graduates use today are quite different from what they were five years ago, 10 years ago,” said Mark Kowalski, president of G.W. Lisk Co., as he held up an anti-ice valve for a jet. G.W. Lisk manufactures valves, flame arrestors and solenoids for military, aerospace, medical and other industries.
     
    FLCC President Barbara Risser said those skills are hard to find, citing a study by the National Association of Manufacturers that found 80 percent of manufacturers say their top concern is finding qualified workers.
     
    “It’s not trade policy, it’s not taxes, it’s not regulations. It’s finding qualified workers,” she said.
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