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FLCC Victor campus hosts tech career panel discussion Monday night

Finger Lakes Community College will host a panel discussion on “Pathways for Education and Diverse High-Tech Careers” on Monday, May 16, from 4:30 to 6 p.m. at the Victor Campus Center off Route 251.


The event also includes presentations by students in the Smart Systems Technologies program who will share their co-op experiences. The students spent a semester or more working for companies engaged in services from engineering to the manufacture of tools and equipment for a range of industries, including the military, aerospace, biomedical, optics, telecommunications, and transportation sectors.

The event is free and designed for local business leaders, workforce professionals, school counselors, and high school students and their parents. Registration is requested with Sam Samanta, professor of physics, at [email protected] or (585) 785-1105. Visitors may attend in person or join online using a link available at events.flcc.edu.

Business representatives who will take part in the panel discussion include Justin Castronovo ’19 of The GBS Group in Philadelphia, Ashton Kastner ’19 of Akoustis in Canandaigua, Rob Robb ’21 of Bristol Instruments in Victor, Thomas Saxton ’14 of Monsees Group in Rochester, Kevin Stottler ’20 of Orolia Defense Systems in Rochester, Clay Tietjen ’16 of G.W. Lisk in Clifton Springs and Nicholas Woodard ’20 of Superior Controls in Albany. All are graduates of the program, many of whom transferred and completed bachelor’s degrees in majors such as technology management and computer science.


Student presenters and their co-op companies are Mitchell Hill of Fairport, Quality Vision International; Brain Hollister of Penn Yan, ORMEC Systems Corp.; David Leven of Rochester, Stark Tech; John Reagan of Ontario, AIV Solutions; James Sheridan of Farmington, Progressive Machine and Design; Sudeep Soni of Rochester, Orolia Defense & Security; and Giacarlo “Charlie” Tapia of Sodus, L3Harris.

The associate of applied science degree in Smart Systems Technologies combines applied math and physics instruction with hands-on learning in electronics, design, process improvement, data acquisition, and automation technologies. Information is available at flcc.edu/SST or by contacting Sam Samanta, the program coordinator.



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