Recognizing the shortage of skilled technicians in the Rochester area, Monroe Community College (MCC) is teaming up with area high schools, including those in Greece, for a new pilot program focused on strengthening the workforce pipeline through career and technical education (CTE).
Beginning with the 2019-20 school year, Greece high school students can enroll in Introduction to Manufacturing, an Monroe Community College (MCC) Dual Credit course. Using a $1.5 million grant from the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, MCC will offer the high school students free tuition, books, and supplies.
Program participants will have access to MCC’s Applied Technology Lab and gain valuable hands-on experience in advanced manufacturing. Upon completion, Greece high school students will be fully employable. If they opt to continue their education, students are one semester away from completing a certificate program and 15 credit hours shy of an Associate’s Degree.
Assistant Superintendent for Student Achievement and Accountability Kathryn Colicchio said the options available to Greece high school students are extensive and growing. Greece was the only suburban district selected to participate in this pilot and she’s excited about the new opportunities this program will provide to our students.
“Skilled trades, including the medical field, use robotics and automation so the appeal is broad,” Colicchio said. “It’s also an opportunity for students to try something while they’re in high school and determine whether they want to pursue it as a career in the future.”
Greece hopes to enroll 20 or more students in the program during the first year with room for expansion in the future. Interested students should speak with their counselor for more information.