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Advance 2 Apprenticeship

Program Description

Advance 2 Apprenticeship is an employment initiative though the Strong Center for Developmental Disabilities to improve access to apprenticeship programs for people with intellectual and developmental disabilities (I/DD) within the manufacturing industry. The project is a collaboration with Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), Manufacturers Association of Central New York (MACNY), Center for Workforce Development at Monroe 2–Orleans BOCES (CWD) and Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association (RTMA).

Courses at MVCC start in Fall 2023. Courses at CWD start in Spring 2024.

Please contact us for more information.

Ready to Advance 2 Apprenticeship?

  • Are you 18 years old or older?
  • Are you comfortable with applied math and computers?
  • Do you like working with your hands and creating things?
  • Willing to learn to earn by participating in pre-apprenticeship courses?

You may be interested in exploring careers in Advanced Manufacturing!

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Advance 2 Apprenticeship offers pre-apprenticeship courses in Manufacturing for people with and without disabilities who can benefit from additional supports to succeed.

  • Programs utilize Universal Design and offer wrap around supports.

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  • Obtain Support to Develop New Skills for a Career in High-Wage In-Demand trades with Opportunities for Advancement!

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Course Options

Mohawk Valley Community College (MVCC), Enrolling for Fall 2023

  • BASIC MANUFACTURING: Learn applied mathematics, hand tool usage, safety, part tolerancing and CNC basics.

Center for Workforce Development (CWD), Enrolling for Spring 2024

  • MACHINING: Learn to operate machine tools and set- up tools, such as milling machines, grinders, lathes, and drilling machines.
  • INDUSTRIAL OPERATOR: Learn to set-up, operate, monitor, and control production equipment. Efficiently and safely manage materials.
  • WELDER: Learn to review blueprints, cut metal into the appropriate shapes, and smooth molten metal to remove creases.

Program Benefits

  • Pre-apprenticeship classroom instruction hours will align with related instruction within a registered apprenticeship.
  • Students will have supports available in and outside of the educational environment to support both learning and employment success.
  • Graduates of Advance 2 Apprenticeship may have opportunity to earn a Certified Manufacturing Associate and the National Career Readiness Certificate.
  • After successful program completion, each student will have the opportunity to interview for manufacturing positions that may include:
    • Production Operator/Assembler
    • Machine Operator
    • Inspection Technician
    • Shipping/Receiving/Warehouse/Personnel
    • Welder


Contact Brandy Solomon, Employment Project Coordinator,

Phone (585) 276-5915

Ready to Enroll?

Complete and return this Interest Form  to:
Brandy Solomon

You will be contacted with next steps.

Our Partners

Funding Source

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Developmental Disabilities Planning Council:

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University of Rochester Medical Center