November 16, 2016

Hilton student represents her class at machining equipment ribbon cutting

Hilton senior Hayley Achter was a student representative of the BOCES 2 Engineering and Metal Fabrication Academy at the ribbon cutting of machining equipment donated by Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation on Nov. 16.

Monroe County Executive Cheryl Dinolfo was joined by educators and manufacturing professionals from across Monroe County to unveil and cut the ribbon on new state-of-the-art manufacturing equipment. This new equipment will help prepare students for both higher education and the workforce.

A pair of HAAS, 3-axis CNC mahchines and the accompanying simulators were unveiled at WEMOCO, the BOCES 2 Career and Technical Education Center. The purchase of the equipment was made possible by a donation from the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation (MCIDC). The grant also made purchases of similar machines and equipment for Monroe #1 BOCES and the Rochester City School District.

"Our students enroll in career and technical education courses in order to prepare for the workforce or education after high school," said BOCES 2 District Superintendent Jo Anne Antonacci. "This gracious donation from the Monroe County Industrial Development Corporation allows high school students to perfect their skills on state-of-the-art machines. MCIDC's donations to BOCES 2, Monroe #1 BOCES and Edison Career and Technology High School will directly impact students by advancing their abilities and, in turn, expanding their post-secondary opportunities."

MCIDC is a not-for-profit organization that promotes economic development opportunities within the County of Monroe, providing additional employment and job opportunities.

"Monroe County is proud to contribute much-needed equipment so that schools can better prepare students in advanced manufacturing while equipping them for good paying jobs right here in our community," said Dinolfo. "Programs which train students in skilled manufacturing help to close the skills gap between companies looking to hire and our talented, local workforce."