Individual studies at FM

Ever wonder what it takes to become a phlebotomist? Community health worker? Dental assistant? RV maintenance technician? Automotive services employee? How about an advanced manufacturing technician? The Individual Studies program at FM has the ability to help you fast track your career into all the above mentioned jobs and many more.

The Individual Studies program distinguishes itself from other colleges, as no other local college in New York has a similar program.

Individual Studies allows students to jump start their career with flexible, innovative one-year certificate and two-year AOS degrees.

FM partners with area businesses to provide students with “hands-on learning” experiences, closely mentored by industry professionals. Many of the training opportunities provide paid training. Additionally, students take college coursework related to their career path that reinforces their on-the-job learning. One of the unique aspects of the individualized learning is that just about any career training can be developed.

Recently, area employers identified positions within their organizations which they are having difficulty filling. Consequently, FM was responsive and created several new certificate career paths which will include training opportunities with these companies, including Advanced fabrication technology, integrated digital production, community health worker, and RV maintenance technician.

For example, advanced fabrication technology was identified as one of the in-demand career paths. After graduation, students will be prepared to work in machine shops that create precision tools for a variety of manufacturing applications.

Courses in electrical technology, auto cad HVAC, and math and fabrication technology will be included in the curriculum.

Students will also complete 360 hours of paid “hands-on-learning.”

Electro-Metrics, Greno Industries and Anderson-Negele will be some of our new training partners for students to complete the needed 360 hours to complete the certificate.

Phlebotomy continues to be a popular and in-demand career title. FM partners with St. Mary’s and Nathan Littauer Hospitals, helping to fill their need for qualified phlebotomists.

According to Laurie Kimball, lead phlebotomist of the St. Mary’s Laboratory Rao Outpatient Pavilion, “We have seen nothing but positive effects from the partnership of our (St. Mary’s) lab and the FM phlebotomy program. It is very beneficial to the students themselves who learn hands-on experience in phlebotomy technique and practice from highly skilled phlebotomy mentors.

Nothing beats real life experience — a classroom setting can only give them so much. By the time these students have finished their 360 in-lab hours, they’re pretty much a fully trained employee-ready person and we hire as many as we have open positions for; it’s a win-win. St. Mary’s is very proud of the trust FM has with us to place their students here for training and looks forward to a continued partnership with this amazing program.”

The FM Individual Studies certificate and degree programs are designed to encourage students to discover and develop their unique abilities in a variety of career paths by working closely with professors and industry professionals.

For more detailed information please view the COCAL information on our website. You are also invited to join us on April 5 at 6 p.m. in the Student Union Large Lounge to meet the program director and local employers.

RSVP to this exciting event at (518) 736-3622, ext. 8005. We look forward to helping you meet career your goals.

JeanMarie Reinke is director of employment services and individualized learning at FM.