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College workforce training programs abundant but still chasing need (access required)

Students and instructor work with a machine at Monroe Community College.

Monroe Community College graduates 60 welding students a year, but that’s still not enough to fill the demand from local companies. And that’s not a unique situation. In the 2014-15 school year, 565 people graduated from a variety of advanced manufacturing programs at MCC and from other regional colleges, yet those graduates met just 63.1 percent of the demand for people with those skills. So says “Measuring Middle-Skill Occupational Gaps Within the Western New York Regional Economy,” a September 2017 report compiled by a team of MCC and state and regional economic development programs.

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Companies offer variety of ways to foster employee health (access required)

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The benefits of wellness can transcend those gained just through exercise and good nutrition. “When employees are physically and mentally healthy, they’re happier, and more engaged at work,” says Bridget Hallman, Paychex Inc.’s wellness coordinator. Local businesses, banks and institutions use a variety of means to help their employees have healthier lives—and remain productive at work. Clark Patterson Lee launched CPL Wellness back in 2015.

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