Training Program

The Center for Integrated Manufacturing Studies (CIMS) at Rochester Institute of Technology has partnered with Monroe Community College, RochesterWorks!, Genesee County Career Center, Finger Lakes Works Career Center, and Cornell Agriculture and Food Technology Park to develop and deliver training to support the workforce needs of the Finger Lakes Food Processing Cluster.

Identifying the Cluster's Training Needs

A key objective of the training program is to identify the specific training needs of the various sectors within the cluster.

The Training Program team surveys cluster members and holds focus groups to understand workforce needs and the skills required to advance incumbent workers and transition displaced workers into the cluster. All FLFPCI businesses are encouraged to participate in the survey. Register to be added to the survey mailing list.

Training Provided through the Program

  1. Customized training for cluster companies based on specific identified needs.
  2. A 24-credit training program to enable underemployed and unemployed workers to enter a career pathway in the Food Processing Cluster industries.
  3. Training for unemployed/underemployed seasoned professionals from other industries to enable them to easily transition into employment opportunities within the cluster.
  4. Training in Green Energy and Waste Stream Management.


RochesterWorks!, Genesee County Career Center, and Finger Lakes Works Career Center provide employment services to FLFPCI trainees and cluster businesses to link qualified workers to positions within the cluster.

Who is Eligible to Participate?

Cluster employees and U.S. workers interested in entering the food cluster industries may apply for this training program. Veterans and their spouses, as well as unemployed workers in the Finger Lakes region, are encouraged to apply.

For more information about the FLFPCI training program, contact Mr. Andy Harlan at 585-475-5385, or send an email to

Benefits to Cluster Companies:

  • Improve food safety and optimize product quality
  • Maximize productivity
  • Increase process efficiency
  • Promote compliance with laws and regulations
  • Improve job satisfaction and loyalty
  • Increase employee motivation
  • Reduce employee turnover
  • Enhance company image

Benefits to Workers

  • Acquire /update “in-demand” skill sets
  • Increase employment potential
  • Develop a career pathway
  • Increase advancement potential
  • Transition into high-demand local industry

Funding for this FLFPCI program is provided by the Employment and Training Administration, a unit of the U.S. Department of Labor that administers federal government job training and worker dislocation programs, federal grants to states for public employment service programs, and unemployment insurance benefits.


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