Employment, Workforce & Education

FIRST Robotics Will Hold a Regional Competition at Rockland Community College

Imagine a competition where teams of excited, technology-driven high school students compete head to head with robots they have designed, built and programmed themselves. Imagine hundreds of such teams competing in the Hudson Valley. You don’t have to imagine it – it is real and will happen this March at Rockland Community College.

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Wage and Benefit Survey 2019 Executive Summery

Twenty-three companies reported data to the 2019 Wage and Benefit Survey conducted by Marist College’s Bureau of Economic Research and School of Management, and, sponsored by the Council of Industry of Southeastern New York and Ethan Allen Workforce Solutions. Highlights of information collected include the following points:

  • In 2019, 12 companies reported wage increases that averaged 2.9% for the management group, 10 companies reported wage increases that averaged 3.0% for the professional group, 12 companies reported wage increases that averaged 3.1% for the administrative/clerical group, 11 reported wage increases that averaged 2.9% for the technical group, 14 companies reported increases averaging 3.1% for the manufacturing/production group, and 11 companies reported increases averaging 3.1% for the sales group. These were in line with the pay increases observed nationally which came in at 3.2%.
  • For 2020, companies reporting planned increases of 3.2% for the management group, 3.0% for the professional group, 2.9% for the administrative/clerical group, 2.9% for the technical group, and 3.1% for the manufacturing/production group and 3.1% for the sales group. Nationally, pay increases for 2018 are projected to be 3.2% to 3.3%.

Sixty-five percent of the participating companies report that they plan  

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FIRST Robotics Will Hold a Regional Competition at Rockland Community College

Imagine a competition where teams excited, technology-driven high school students compete head to head with robots they have designed, built and programmed themselves. Imagine hundreds of such teams competing in the Hudson Valley over a single weekend for the chance to advance to compete in front of 70,000 people in April at the FIRST Championship in Houston and again in May in Detroit. You don’t  

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Presentations from the Lower Hudson Valley Adv. Mfg & Energy Bus Tour for Educators

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Meet Vince – Apprentice at Usheco, Inc.

Meet Vince - a Plastics Injection Molder Apprentice at Usheco, and the first apprentice in the Council of Industry’s Apprentice Program to be registered under this trade. He has many roles including Injection Molder, Operator (CNC & Thermoforming) and Technician. Learn more inside.

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Meet Barbara Reer – Director of Professional Technology Programs at SUNY Ulster

Meet Barbara Reer, the Director of Professional Technology Programs at SUNY Ulster. Reer writes grants, programs courses, seeks funding and works directly with students to build career pathways by assessing their performance and helping them find job leads. Learn more about how she's helping the Hudson Valley manufacturing workforce inside.

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Episode 2: Pine Bush High School, Integrating Education and Career Readiness at the Highest Level

The Council of Industry recently launched a podcast! In this episode Harold King from the Council of Industry interviews Aaron Hopmayer, Principal of Pine Bush High School. Link to the segment inside.

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Meet Sonja Brown – Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute (WDI)

Meet Sonja, Regional Director at the Workforce Development Institute in Westchester and Putnam county. She works directly with employers in the area by “listening to their challenges and finding innovative solutions to help the business get through their struggles.” Find out how she's helped the Council of Industry and many of its members inside.

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Check Out the New CI Podcast and Meet Manufacturers, Educators and Influencers from around the Hudson Valley

The staff at CI already get to talk to fascinating, impactful people daily – now we can share those stories. Adding the podcast medium will help us broaden our reach and help us share insights, best practices and hopefully some laughs, with a wider audience.  Perhaps the podcast will help bring the already supportive manufacturing community even closer together.

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Manual Tools to High Tech CNC Machines: The Future of Manufacturing

For decades, the Hudson Valley has been the center of manufacturing innovation from small family owned companies to large corporations. With increasing demand and pressure from global competitors, companies big and small are looking for ways to create high quality products in the most efficient ways possible. Read more about how one manufacturing company is helping the Hudson Valley and beyond.

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Tompkins Mahopac Bank Creates Scholarship to Support Students Passionate About Manufacturing

Guest blogger, Amy Greiner writes about Tompkins Mahopac Bank's Make and Accelerate Scholarship to support Hudson Valley students who demonstrate exceptional talent, drive and a love for manufacturing. Tompkins realizes the importance of training, attracting and retaining top talent to fill the growing need for manufacturing jobs and to incentivize people to build lives in the Hudson Valley. Read more inside.

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Cambridge Security Seals Get Recognized for an Innovative Design

Ever pay much attention to that tamper evident seal that is seen on food products and clothing? While most people glance over it, a lot of research and development goes into making these products. Recently, Cambridge Security Seals, was rewarded for their hard efforts. Click to read more about this amazing accomplishment!

 

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Apprenticeship Obstacles – Build your own workforce

Struggling to find the skilled workforce you need to fill your open positions? The Council of Industry launched a New York State Department of Labor Sponsored Apprentice Program in 2017.In this mini-podcast Harold King and Johnnieanne Hansen discuss the obstacles of hiring experienced candidates versus building your workforce internally. Learn more inside.

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Meet Stephen Casa – Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES

Meet Stephen Casa, Workplace Learning Coordinator at Ulster BOCES. Casa plays an interesting role acting as the lead connector between BOCES programs and the business community. At the moment he’s playing an important part in building relationships for the Hudson Valley Pathways Academy and the Career and Technical Education Center specifically. Read more inside.

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What Employers Need to Know as Pay Equity Protections Widen

There have been changes on both the federal and state level to compensation law. While the federal Equal Pay Act prohibits employers from paying employees less for equal work because of gender, these second wave pay equity laws revise this standard – prohibiting unequal pay for “comparable” work as opposed to “equal” work. The newly enacted salary history inquiry bans restrict employers’ ability to inquire into the salary history of applicants. Finally, wage transparency measures prohibit employers from banning pay disclosure in the workplace or from retaliating against employees who discuss their wages. Employers must comply with federal law and this growing patchwork of state and local laws. On July 10, 2019, New York Governor Andrew Cuomo signed legislation significantly expanding the protections of New York’s Pay Equity Law, which previously required equal pay for women and men performing “equal work.” The governor also signed a law imposing a ban on inquiries into an applicant’s salary history.

Read more about it in these two articles from IMA Update.

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Meet Thomas: CNC Apprentice at Usheco

Meet Thomas, CNC Apprentice and Production Operator at Usheco. “We are proud to have Tommy enrolled in the CNC Machinist Apprenticeship Program.” Said Alethea Shuman, VP of Sales and Engineering at Usheco. “Tommy embraces the challenge of learning new skill sets and we look forward to supporting and watching him expand his knowledge and expertise while applying his new skills here at Usheco.” Read more inside.

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Best Practices for Creating a Job Description that Stands Out

Creating job descriptions can be tedious but it’s important to make sure yours stands out to attract the best candidates. Click to read more about best practices to ensure your posting is keeping up with today’s workforce standards.

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What Do Americans Think about Manufacturing—and Its Future?

Do Americans think manufacturing is important? How do they view the technological changes transforming the industry along with the rest of the economy? Two recent surveys shed light on these important questions. Read more inside.

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Building a More Inclusive Workspace

While unemployment rates are low, there are many individuals who have not been given the opportunity to pursue a rewarding career. Studies have shown that people on the Autism Spectrum Disorder face a 90% unemployment rate. However, organizations like the Autism Alliance of Michigan are looking to change that. Click to read more about the importance of promoting a workspace that welcomes all.

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What Do Americans Think about Manufacturing—and Its Future?

From NAM Input, The National Association of Manufacturers

Do Americans think manufacturing is important? How do they view the technological changes transforming the industry along with the rest of the economy?

Two recent surveys shed light on these important questions. First, a survey conducted by the Brookings Institution asked Americans what they think about manufacturing’s present state. More  

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Meet Korey: Apprentice at Kdc/One Kolmar

Meet Korey, CNC apprentice at Kolmar. Korey started as a temporary employee cleaning the facility. When Korey learned that Kolmar was opening up an apprentice opportunity to current employees he was quick to apply. By the end of March he was selected and registered under the CNC Machinist trade. You can read Korey's full story inside.

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King’s Hawaiian: Three Woman Challenging Gender Stereotypes in Manufacturing

Manufacturing has been a sector dominated by men, however with work demographics changing; women are at the forefront of innovation. Read more about how one company in New York is challenging the gender stereotype.

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Council of Industry Roundtable with President Williams of New York Federal Reserve Bank

On Wednesday, July 10, member executives of the Council of Industry met with John Williams, the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank for a roundtable discussion of issues affecting Hudson Valley Manufacturers. It was an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to provide insight on issues such as the skills gap, tariffs, trade, and the overall economy. Read more inside.

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Council of Industry Roundtable with President Williams of New York Federal Reserve Bank

On Wednesday, July 10, members of the Council of Industry met with John Williams, the President of the New York Federal Reserve Bank for a roundtable discussion of issues affecting Hudson Valley Manufacturers. The event was arranged by the Council of Industry and held at MPI, Inc. It was an opportunity for manufacturing leaders to provide insight on issues such as the skills gap, tariffs, trade,  

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Metallized Carbon: Innovation at the Core of its Growth

This week, we turn our attention to Metallized Carbon, a state-of-the-art manufacturing company located in Ossining, New York. While their products may not be easily identifiable, they serve a critical role in the aerospace and defense sectors. Click to read more about how this Hudson Valley company has grown throughout it’s over 70-year history!

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