Rochester Tooling & Machining Association

Keynote Address

Keynote Address: RTMA / MCC Open House


On November 17th, the RTMA sponsored and hosted an open house at Monroe Community College Applied Technologies Center. The purpose was to promote the Precision Machining Program. As there is a chronic shortage of qualified candidates for the Precision Machining Industry, we wanted to encourage potential students to enroll in the January Semester. Typically, enrollment is soft for this semester. 


Collaborating with our colleagues from Monroe Community College, we invested in a promotional campaign which involved radio advertising for 10 days preceding the event.


As part of the program, to make the case for a career in Precision Machining, Lou Romano, President of Romold, shared his story with the attendees. It is a record of seized opportunity and success.


Bob Lasch, Program Coordinator of the Precision Machining, gave an overview of the curriculum. Tours of the Applied Tech Center followed. There were MCC Admissions and Financial Aid Staff present to provide information and assistance to those in attendance.


There were 85 attendees of which 55 were potential machining students. 3 enrolled in the January Semester immediately, and 31 filled out inquiry cards which defined their interest as potential students.


Workforce development continues to be a priority for the RTMA. Our goal is for the members to hire the graduates from the Precision Machining Program and build their workforce.


We are the fortunate to have Monroe Community College as our strategic partner for education and training. Together, we continue to make the case for manufacturing.


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