Workforce Development Board Honors 12 For GLOW Region Achievements | Top story

BATAVIA – The GLOW Workforce Development Board, charged with serving job seekers and employers looking for workers, took time on Thursday to celebrate the companies that have formed partnerships with it and the people who have found jobs that correspond to them well.

The board of directors honored one company or agency in each county of GLOW: the Genesee County Economic Development Center in Genesee County, the Livingston County Health Department in Livingston, Virtual Polymer Compounds, LLC in Orleans, and Advanced Rubber Products in Wyoming; four participants of the Participant Recognition Award: Shannon Yauchzee in Genesee, Raychael Palmer in Livingston, Vincent Barrett in Orleans and Hannah Buchinger in Wyoming; and four Youth Recognition Award winners: Aaron Barnum in Genesee, Angelita Clark in Livingston, Cameron Richardson in Orleans and Alan Smart in Wyoming.

“Our job is to meet the needs of area employers across our region and our upcoming workforce … Not only that, but also to match them so that we have children interested in occupying these. jobs in the future, ”said Chairman of the Board, Norb. Fuest. “This is really what the Workforce Development Council does. “

Fuest referred to one of this year’s events that brought together employers and students in the area: GLOW With Your Hands, which took place at the end of September at the Genesee County Fairgrounds.

“What it really does is that it allowed them (the students) to discover different avenues and professions that many companies in this region badly need and which match so that they get professional training”, a- he declared.


Teresa Van Son from the Genesee County Employment Development Office said some beneficiaries were easy to choose.

“We work with so many wonderful companies. We are very fortunate that they help us help our customers, ”said Van Son. “This year when we started looking, there was no doubt that it should be the Genesee County Economic Development Center (GCEDC).”

Van Son said the Genesee County Career Center appreciates the efforts of the GCEDC to expand partnerships, identify new services, align resources and collaborate in the delivery of training services to ensure that employers have access to a workforce. -qualified work while offering opportunities to job seekers.

The Livingston County Health Department, with an annual budget of $ 16 million, has nearly 100 public employees in the community, noted Tracy Byrd of the county office or Workforce Development when presenting her award to the department.

“During the unprecedented period of a global pandemic, the Livingston County Department of Health has stepped in and answered the call to provide up-to-date, science-based information, data, tests and vaccinations for county residents, ”Byrd noted. “Normal operations had to be put on hold while their staff worked diligently to adjust to new responsibilities and extended functions. Recognizing that workforce development was in a unique position to help, DOH used our resources to welcome young people who were interested in science and health care fields, to work in the immunization clinic. .

The young people were trained in several areas of the clinic, Van Son said.

“It made their tenure there extremely valuable, not only for the DOH, but also for the young people,” she said.

Virtual Polymer Compounds, LLC, NY of Medina has supplied high quality fiberglass products such as shelters, ducts, ventilators, manholes and more to municipal water and sanitation facilities, government organizations and residential and industrial customers, both nationally and internationally, noted Kelly Kiebala. from the Orléans County Employment Development Agency, presenting the company.

“Despite the pandemic, Virtual Polymer continued to operate its manufacturing facility in Medina, in large part thanks to the hardworking and committed workforce it has consistently developed,” she noted. “While not new to accessing services through the Workforce Development System, VPC is a new partner in the area of ​​GLOW Workforce Development, in collaboration with the Orléans County Employment Development Agency to implement several on-the-job training for the first time in its medina. establishment.”

Advanced Rubber Products, located in the city of Wyoming, has been around for over 60 years, said Beth Caton of Wyoming County Community Action (WCCA) when introducing ARP. The subcontractor provides development assistance, production and support for the molding of custom parts made of rubber, silicone and other elastomeric materials.

ARP in Wyoming provides career opportunities for job seekers and young people entering the workforce.


Genesee County award recipient Shannon Yauchzee, who had been out of work for several years after a crippling back injury when she was a Certified Practical Nurse (CNA), trained in phlebotomy and found employment at the United Memorial Medical Center in Batavia. She said the school was a big help, giving her a sense of structure that has spread to her work environment.

Livingston County beneficiary Raychael Palmer, through the County Workforce Development Office, participated in a paid work experience at the Department of Health’s COVID-19 Vaccination Clinic County.

“When a local company, Arkema, contacted the adult counselor to ask if she knew of any job seekers who would be suitable for a lab technician position, the counselor consulted with the rest of the staff and Raychael’s name is immediately appeared. Byrd said. The company hired her.

Orleans County recipient Vincent Barrett took a commercial driver’s license (CDL) refresher course focusing on his backup skills and continued to apply for on-road operator positions (OTR). He applied for an OTR position with DOT Transportation, Inc. DOT gave him a start date of September 27 and he remains employed with the company today, Workforce Investment noted.

Wyoming County recipient Hannah Buchinger, who came to Community Action for help in February 2020, applied for a Licensed Practical Nurse (LPN) position in healthcare. She began her training the following month and graduated in May 2021. She now works at United Memorial Medical Center as a surgical technician.

Aaron Barnum, the Genesee County Laureate, was introduced by Jeff Young of the County Employment Development Services, during Barnum’s presentation, said Barnum is currently working at Arc and enjoys his job.

“The work experience gave him the opportunity to see what the job was like and to acquire the initial skills of the maintenance profession. It showed her what hard work can do for you and how it can pay off. He has a job he enjoys and a local employer has benefited from hiring an employee he can train during his career. He’s not only stepped into the door of a job he truly enjoys, it’s the start of a career that can lead to so many opportunities for Aaron, ”Young said.

Livingston County recipient Angelita Clark, presented by Kate Hilfiker of the County Workforce Development Office, graduated from Regents High School in June. During her last summer in high school, she took college prep classes as part of the Educational Opportunities Program, studied for the Accuplacer exam, and took the time to log into Access Services. and hosting at Genesee Community College (GCC) to ensure it has equal access, ”noted Hilfiker. “She started college in September and is on her way to reaching her goal of becoming a nurse!”

“Angelita worked hard on her college applications and asked for help when needed. She has also been in contact with NYS Career and Adult Continuing Education Services and Vocational Rehabilitation and worked with her high school guidance counselor to ensure college and college admissions applications. financial aid were met on time.

Cameron Richardson, the recipient for the County of Orleans,

Richardson is employed part-time, 25 hours per week, at Community Action in Albion.

He then applied for the new Boxcar apartments in Albion, said Peter Anderson of the county employment development agency. After submitting her application and checking references, Cameron was approved. Cameron currently lives alone and continues his job through Community Action.

Anderson said Richardson had had some experience working with Community Action and was doing well.

“Community Action said Cameron is doing very well and they would like to hire him after his experience working on the Youth Program,” Anderson said, noting that this led to Richardson’s current job. with Community Action.

Alan Smart, the recipient of the Wyoming County Youth Award, has completed an application for Advanced Rubber Products. From there he went through an interview and got paid work experience as a cutting and packaging operator. This position once again allowed him to prove his work ethic and reliability, which saw him be hired without a subsidy shortly after completing his 200 hours and turning 18. Alan is now a full time employee of Advanced Rubber Products and is currently working on obtaining his driver’s license, as well as a potential development within the ARP.

Matt Dussault, who presented the award to Smart, read a letter to Smart.

“After hearing the news of your hiring, I reflected on how far you’ve come from that kitchen table where we first sat down four years ago,” Dussault read. “While it may have taken you a while to find your way into the world of work, you have demonstrated something that is lacking in today’s world: people willing to engage. “

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