Holiday Show and Sale Reflection
My thanks go out to the hundreds of people that attended our first annual Holiday Open House and Sale last weekend. The shear volume of people and their support of our instructors and classes far exceeded my expectations. Those who attended got to meet a truly remarkable collection of dedicated artist/instructors who have a passion for creating beautiful art, and sharing their knowledge with eager students. Special thanks to Lisa Hamlin for organizing the event, and to all of the RocAFC staff who make this such a special place.
Michael Krupnicki, Executive Director
Holiday Show & Sale
Tired of the same old holiday events? Heat up your holiday at the Arc + Flame Center! We'll be hosting a Show & Sale on December 7th and December 8th. View live demonstrations of glass and metal artists and purchase works of art by local Rochestarians. What are you waiting for? RSVP on our fanpage and ignite your holiday season at RocAFC!
146 Welding Students!
As of September 28th, 2012 there are currently 146 students enrolled in our Fall welding classes! We have 94 students attending class on a weekly basis for the RocAFC Welding Career Program, MIG Night Course, Stick Night Course and collegiate classes through RIT and MCC. There are still plenty of available classes through October and November so be sure to signup online and come weld with us!
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Video of Maggie Brook's County Address
At the 17:30 mark, Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks talks about the need for precision welder training in Monroe County. She acknowledges the Rochester Arc & Flame Center and Mahany Welding Supply for meeting this demand. The following video was taken during the State of the County Address on May 23rd, 2012.
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Maggie Brooks Talks RocAFC at County Address
The following excerpt was taken from Monroe County Executive Maggie Brooks during the State of the County Address on May 23rd, 2012. Brooks acknowledged the commitment both RocAFC and Mahany Welding Supply share in training skilled workers:
Until every local resident looking for a job can find one, and until every local employer looking for a skilled worker can hire one, more work needs to be done.
That’s why Monroe County has decided to expand our existing Monroe Manufactures Jobs Program, to include a renewed and strategic focus on one of the true growth industries in our community, and all across the nation – precision welding.
As Mike Krupnicki, owner of Mahany Welding Supply will tell you, skilled welders are currently in short supply in our area. To address this challenge, Mahany recently expanded its facility with a 5,000 square foot addition to create the groundbreaking Rochester Arc and Flame Center. The Center is a new training facility dedicated solely to teaching classes in welding, blacksmithing, and glass blowing. It’s the only of its kind in our region and one of the first in the State. Best of all, the Rochester Arc and Flame Center is a private-sector answer to a public employment challenge.
To further enhance the Center’s reach and effectiveness, Monroe County will be forging a new partnership with Mahany Welding to expand our Monroe Manufactures Jobs program.
The program was designed to connect students of MCC’s Precision Machining, Optical Fabrication, and AAS Precision Machining programs with local companies. Monroe County’s new welding-targeted expansion will do essentially the same, instead using the Rochester Arc and Flame Center as the education source, while encouraging local employers to hire its highly skilled graduates. To incentivize the process, both the hiree and the manufacturer will receive a bonus if the employee remains employed at the company for a full year.
Monroe isn’t just manufacturing jobs. Together with strong private partners like Mahany Welding, we are manufacturing a workforce that will prove essential to our future success. Please join me in recognizing and thanking Mahany owner and President of Rochester Arc and Flame, Mike Krupnicki, for his company’s dedication to this exciting new endeavor.