BATAVIA — Signed, sealed, delivered.

A group of area high school students took another step toward their futures Wednesday evening. And they’re representing the next generation of technology and manufacturing in the process.

The 19 students officially signed with seven leading manufacturing businesses to for some significant career education.

They were joined by their families at the Batavia Career and Technical Education Center to sign contracts, as organizers streamed the festivities for supporters who couldn’t attend in person.

This marks the second year the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program — the culmination of a competitive, multi-phased application and interview process that pairs qualified high school students with local manufacturing companies.

The students receive related instruction, job shadowing, and paid co-ops. This year’s “Signing Day” event was hosted at the Batavia CTE Campus.

“It’s like the ultimate job interview right here,” said Executive Director Bob Coyne of the Rochester Technology & Manufacturing Association. “They get to go into the companies, they get to spend time there. They get to actually do things in the company and hopefully upon graduation they get a full-time job.”

Coyne said this is the program’s first year in the Genesee County region, but second year overall.

To get this far, interested students need to go through an interview process which Genesee Valley BOCES Executive Principal John Sanfratello described as “speed dating” with all the different companies.

Juniors receive a job shadow while seniors receive a paid co-op internship.

“It’s really a stepping stone for them for their future and where they want to go based on that particular program,” Sanfratello said. “It’s giving them an opportunity to kind of showcase themselves.”

Cole Sullivan, a senior from Le Roy, said he was excited to be able to sign on Wednesday. Signing for electrical mechanical work, Sullivan said he likes working with it and how the entire system is done.

“I’m excited — a little nervous, but I’m excited,” he said.

And he was among those signing up for future career success.

The students who signed on Wednesday included:

n Morgan Coniber, a senior from Le Roy High School, enrolled in the welding program. She signed up with Oxbo for a co-op as a welder.

n Nichole Hume, a senior from Alexander High School, enrolled in the CNC Machining Program. She is signing for a CNC Machining co-op with Amada.

n Cole Sullivan, a senior from Le Roy High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up as an electromechanical technician with Oxbo.

n Nathan Stokes, a senior from Batavia High School, is enrolled the CNC Machining Program and already working in a CNC Machining co-op with Amada.

n Dan Savea, a junior from Batavia High School, enrolled in the metal trades program, signed up for a welding job shadow program at Oxbo.

n Madision Brandes, a junior from Le Roy High School, enrolled in the metal trades program , signed up for a CNC Machining job shadow with Amada.

n Luke Rindell, a senior from Batavia High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up for a electromechanical technician job shadow with Oxbo.

n Kaiel Robinson, a senior from Le Roy High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up for an electromechanical technical co-op program with Turnbull.

n Adam Risewick, a junior from Le Roy High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up for an electromechanical job shadow program with Oxbo.

n Jaden Pocock, a senior from Byron-Bergen High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up for an electromechanical technician co-op with Turnbull.

n Eric Offhaus, a junior from Pavilion High School, enrolled in the welding program, signed up for a welding job shadow with Oxbo.

n Henry Shafer, a senior at Notre Dame High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up for an electromechanical technician co-op with Bonduelle.

n Zach Vanderhoof, a junior from Le Roy High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, signed up for an electromechanical technician job shadow with O-AT-KA.

n Zach Freidhaber, a senior from Attica High School, enrolled in the CNC Machining Program, is signing up for an CNC Machining co-op with Bonduelle.

n Jacob Beale, a junior from Elba High School, enrolled in the metal trades program, is signing up for an electronics technician job shadow at O-AT-KA.

n Sara Lis, a senior from Pavilion High School, enrolled in the metal trades program, is signing up for a pipefitter job shadow program with Bonduelle.

n Lillias Bell, a junior from Caledonia-Mumford High School, enrolled in the metal trades program is enrolled for a CNC Machining job shadow program with DP Tool.

n Alex Lynn, a junior from Caledonia-Mumford High School, enrolled in the electromechanical trades program, is signing up for an electromechanical technician job shadow program with DP Tool.

n Anthony Lippert, a junior from Livonia High School, who signed up for a machine builder job shadow with DP Tool.

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