Syracuse Surge Workforce Graduation Honors 34 Students

Posted on December 21, 2023

Syracuse Surge Workforce Graduation Ceremony at OCC

CenterState CEO, Onondaga Community College, SUNY EOC, OCM BOCES, program graduates and regional employers gathered for a graduation ceremony celebrating those who completed one of three Syracuse Surge Workforce programs: Surge Advanced Manufacturing (SAM), Electromechanical Technician, (ELM) and Surge Defense.  

Candidates started the morning interviewing with regional employers, including Anoplate, TTM Technologies, Critical Path Integrators, Bluefors, United Radio, Belden/PPC and LOTTE Biologics. Many of the candidates from the Surge Defense program received conditional offers from the program’s employer-collaborator Lockheed Martin.

During the graduation ceremony remarks will be delivered by Onondaga Community College President Dr. Warren Hilton, Syracuse Mayor Ben Walsh, SUNY EOC Vice President Tim Pennix, CenterState CEO Senior Manager of Industry Partnerships for Work Train Meghan Durso, Director of Adult Education at OCM BOCES Mari Ukleya, CenterState CEO Syracuse Surge Career Navigator Cainaan Webb and program graduate Miquel Velez. 

CenterState CEO Surge Career Navigator Cainaan Webb told WAER News he’s incredibly proud of the graduates.

“This is a a tremendous culmination of the hard work and effort that these candidates have sacrificed," Webb said. "Reworked schedules, figuring out how to take care of their their children on random hours, some of them working multiple jobs and finding ways to get to class. Just to see it pay off in a way where they're actually making some professional progress.”

Through a holistic approach, these advanced manufacturing industry partnerships bring together community organizations such as the Syracuse Community Center Collaborative, training providers and employers to create workforce development initiatives designed to ensure people gain the skills employers want and move into jobs quickly, while candidates receive the needed support to be successful. 


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