RocAFC Instructor Elected as ISGB Director
The International Society of Glass Beadmakers has appointed Suzanne Angell as the Regional Director for Northeast members. Suzanne will continue her role as a glass Instructor at Arc + Flame and is also planning the 2013 ISGB Gathering Event hosted at Arc + Flame. We’d like to congratulate Suzanne on her dedication to the world of glass as well as the Arc + Flame Center!
Arc + Flame Featured in Rochester Woman Magazine
Rochester Woman Magazine spent some time with our fantastic cast of female instructors and Blacksmithing Director Candace Martens. Click on the thumbnails below to enlarge, or read the article from the Rochester Woman Magazine Website.
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!
Fall 2012 Class ScheduleSeptember is almost here, and we've got plenty of classes to keep you entertained! Click on the following pictures for more information and class signup:
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.