Building career pathways with MACNY.



More than 80 percent of executives agree there is a talent shortage in U.S. manufacturing. MACNY is fighting the skills gap head-on through programs such as Partners for Education and Business (PEB), P-TECH, CTE, The New York State Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program. Through partnerships with area colleges and businesses, we strive to engage students early and provide a meaningful education towards a career in U.S. manufacturing. Additionally, we push for apprenticeships and keep the community abreast with the latest knowledge through newsletters.

Recent News

Partners For Education & Business

In the last year, PEB impacted approximately 5,000 students/adults and 55 teachers while also engaging nearly 100 businesses. PEB's vision is to leverage the resources of employers, educational entities, and the community to positively impact education and workforce development systems in order to increase the skills of individuals in the workforce pipeline.

To learn more contact Joe Vargo at [email protected].


P-TECH (Pathways in Technology Early College High School) offers a six-year integrated high school and college curriculum for grades 9 through 14 that focuses on advanced manufacturing pathways and the acquisition of essential workplace skills. Students at P-TECH will graduate with a NYS Regents Diploma and a Technical Endorsement, a no-cost Associate in Applied Science degree from Onondaga Community College or Cayuga Community College in Electrical Engineering Technology or Mechanical Technology, and the skills and knowledge required of well paying, high potential jobs in advanced manufacturing.

To learn more contact Jason Bjork at [email protected].

Click here to view the 2017 Career Coach Thank You video.

Click here to view the P-TECH Summer Bridge Program video.

Apprenticeship Program

The New York State Manufacturing Intermediary Apprenticeship Program (NYSMIAP) is an employer-led, public-private pilot program for registered apprentices in manufacturing occupations. The NYSMIAP is a unique business-lead approach targeted at raising the skill levels of incumbent manufacturing workers and creating distinctive career pathways, while filling a crucial need within the industry.


Career Spark Program

PEB's Career Spark Program utilizes donations from businesses in the CNY area to provide career exploration experiences to students in local school districts. PEB creates a platform for students to learn early on what opportunities are available for them, by providing a career spark through education, awareness, and engagement. PEB works closely with the regional school districts to identify students and business that could benefit from each other: students become engaged with tours, hands on experiences, and mentors in varied fields, allowing them to experience a sampling of the myriad of career opportunities available to them.

To learn more contact Kathy Birmingham at [email protected].

CNY STEM Hub/Technology Sector

PEB is co-Chair of the CNY STEM Hub. The CNY STEM Hub is an education initiative focused on impacting the classroom by ensuring an emphasis on Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math through problem-solving, multi-disciplinary teaching methods that will increase the quantity and quality of the skilled workforce in the region. PEB serves as the administrator of both groups and continually blends each of the efforts for the benefit of employers and students in the region. Dr. Donna DeSiato is co-Chair of the CNY STEM Hub.

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Enterprise America

Enterprise America, WCNY's new hands-on learning center, allows teachers to utilize the only learning center of its kind in New York. The program is designed for middle school students and includes several weeks of classroom curriculum aligned to learning standards. Students will be prepared to explore what it takes to make a modern American city work, from local government to business to wellness and media. Then, they will take that knowledge and put it into practice by running the Enterprise America "city" for a day.

To learn more contact Joe Vargo at [email protected].

For all of your Skilled Workforce needs
Contact any of these MACNY Team Members

Joe Vargo

Executive Director, PEB

[email protected]


Kathy Birmingham

Work-based Learning
Coordinator, PEB

[email protected]


Martha Ponge

Director of

[email protected]

315.474.4201 ext. 16

Meghan McBennett

Apprenticeship Coordinator

[email protected]

315.474.4201 ext. 18