AAI WNY Youth, two students working on a project

AAI of WNY seeks to support youth, educators, parents, and dislocated workers in gaining an awareness of the  many career opportunities in manufacturing and how apprenticeship is a great “earn and learn” way to receive  training and credentials for a satisfying career. 

AAI of WNY partners with local school districts, BOCES, and workforce development agencies to support programs that train youth and dislocated workers for advanced manufacturing skills.  AAI of WNY helps coordinate manufacturing plant tours and bring industry speakers into classrooms. Watch this page for updates on events and activities for youth and dislocated workers!














Clear Path To A Bright Future: High School Grad To Optimax Apprentice

Optimax Systems (Ontario, NY) signed Noah Mueller, a 17-year old 2019 Gananda High School Graduate, to join the Optimax team following graduation. Noah will join Optimax as an Optics Manufacturing Technician in late August, soon after his 18th birthday. Noah will officially begin the NYS registered Precision Optics Manufacturing (POM) Technician Apprenticeship Program in December  which will lead to his Journeyworker certificate in just three years.  READ MORE


Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship

  The Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association  (RTMA) and Monroe      Community College (MCC) are offering an unprecedented solution to their region’s    skilled trades shortage in advanced manufacturing. Launched in the fall of 2019,      they have already partnered with  Career & Technology Education (CTE)                  programs like BOCES and WEMOCO, Edison Career & Technology High School,      and 21+ local employers to match more than 50 high school students with job            shadows and paid co-ops.   READ MORE


Cummins Inc. Holds First "High School Hiring Event"

Cummins Inc

Four area high school seniors signed on for successful futures in local industry. The members of the Class of 2019 visited Cummins Inc. for the company’s first-ever High School Hiring Event. As the students donned Cummins hats and sat down to sign employment offers, they were surrounded by parents, school officials and company representatives.   READ MORE



The  AAI of WNY is funded by a $2.9 million grant awarded to United Way of Buffalo & Erie County 

by the US Department of Labor,  Employment and Training Administration. The content of this publication 

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