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  ·   By Andrea Deckert, Rochester Business Journal   ·  Link to Article

MCC conference to promote STEM studies

Leaders in business and education from across the region will gather at Monroe Community College on Feb. 16 to share ideas for engaging students in careers in science, technology, art, engineering and mathematics.

The main sponsor of the event, Finger Lakes Advanced Manufacturers’ Enterprise, is a trade group that promotes careers in high-tech manufacturing by facilitating site visits by educators, field trips, internships and temporary employment.

The event is called “FAME at 10: Driving Growth. Inspiring Students. Reaching Parents. Connecting Stakeholders.” It also includes a “speed-dating” event to help educators meet representatives of local firms to learn more about such opportunities.

Jeremy Bout, host and producer of Edge Factor, will talk about his company’s use of video and interactive resources to highlight innovation, teach career pathways in manufacturing, and make science, technology, engineering, art and math relevant in today’s world.

“High school teachers, administrators and guidance counselors are crucial to our ability to reach students and their parents. That is why we waive the fee for them to attend. We are so eager to meet them and share ideas with them,” said Mike Mandina, FAME chair and president of Optimax Systems Inc., an optics manufacturer in Ontario, Wayne County.

The conference runs from 4 to 6:30 p.m. at Monroe Community College's Warshof Conference Center, R. Thomas Flynn Campus Center on East Henrietta Road. Registration is required. The $25 fee is waived for educators at the online site: www.nyfame.org.

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