News (Blog)

ROC ATD currently is using this blog to provide news and other information to ROC ATD members and others visiting this website. For information on our upcoming programs, please visit the events calendar.

  • Fri, October 14, 2016 4:15 PM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    October 12, 2016

    Dear Training Professional:


    WE WANT YOU! The BEST Center (Business and Employee Skills Training) at Genesee Community College (GCC) is expanding its group of part-time trainers and instructors to teach various non-credit and workforce-related courses – may be an existing course or one that needs to be created. Courses are offered year-round to the public and also customized for companies and organizations. Courses are mostly short duration (3 – 12 hours), but can range up to 50 hours.    

    GCC serves Genesee, Livingston, Orleans and Wyoming (GLOW) counties. Its main campus is located in Batavia, NY, but has six other Campus Centers throughout its service region.

    TOPIC EXAMPLES (but not limited to these):

    Business: Leadership, management, supervision, team-building, communication, decision-making, problem-solving, personality-profile tools (DiSC, etc.), customer service, Human Resources topics (diversity, sexual harassment, violence in workplace, etc.), safety, Survival Spanish, etc.

    Computer Applications: MS-Office (2010, 2013, 2016), Google, data management, QuickBooks and social media.  

    Technology: Drones, advanced manufacturing (blueprint reading, shop math, MSSC, machining etc.), Precision Agriculture, etc.

    Enrichment: Other unique interests, including driver education, history, culinary-cooking skills, paranormal, wellness, holistic health, etc.

    To see current BEST Center program offerings:

    If interested, please email a cover letter describing your interests and an updated resume highlighting your training and/or instructional experience to:

    If you know of someone who may be interested in working with us, would you please forward this to them?

    Thank you.


    Reid Smalley, Executive Director of Workforce Development

    The BEST Center

    GCC is an Equal Opportunity Employer, committed to fostering diversity in its faculty, staff and student body and strongly encourages

    applications from the full spectrum of a diverse community.

  • Wed, September 21, 2016 5:37 PM | ROCATD Admin (Administrator)

    September 6, 2016 - ROCATD BOD Meeting Minutes

    In attendance: Catherine Majane, Katelyn Donald, Michelle Lewis, Phil Minarik, Bob Peter, Amanda Hanlon

    1.) Welcome new potential board members:

                Katelyn Donald

                Catherine Majane

    Action item: Michelle L. will create new survey so the members can vote in new board members which will help us meet CARE requirements, which is one of our goals for the year.

    2.) Nice job on All Member Meeting!

                - Post photos/blog message 

                - Follow up with potential members

    Action item: Bob will update website with a summary and photos of the event.

    Action item: Michelle L. will follow up with attendees who are not members.

    3.) CARE Requirements 

                - Look at areas of requirements

                - How are we doing?

                - Next steps

                - Look at (potential) board members’ natural talents/areas of strength

                - Clarify roles, responsibilities, and action items

    Need time as a group to look at these in more detail. Catherine has strong natural talent with this type of detail.  We will all look over the checklist, not only to see where we are and understand the qualifications better, but also to determine which items we can each help make happen.

    On first glance, we are doing much better: we have added Power Membership to the website and to a few of the email templates and we discuss it at meetings and bring it up at programs/events.

    Action item: Michelle L. will request the list of National Members from D. Frankel. Phil will sort and organize the list and Katelyn will reach out to National Members to encourage local membership as well.

    Katelyn and Amanda will take on Membership together.

    We decided as a group that we will clarify board positions, roles, and responsibilities after we meet for our session to learn about the CARE requirements and how to use Wild Apricot (Onboarding).

    Action item: Michelle L will schedule a time within the next two weeks to go over CARE Requirements and how to use Wild Apricot.

    4.) Developing sense of community (and bringing value to members)

                - SIGs

                            <Consultant SIG

                            <New chair of OD SIG

                            <Other SIGs

                            <Liaison to SIGs – still with Bob to transfer to another board position?

                            <Anything else?


    Action item: Phil will reach out to a potential member (R J) about leading the Health Care SIG.

    Action item: Bob will put out dates and officially begin the Coaching and Consulting SIG.

    The theme for our Holiday Event will be SIGs. We will feature all SIGs and the goal is to have 5 active SIGs by May of 2017.

    Would like to get a Higher Ed SIG and an eLearning SIG too.

    Need a new leader for the OD SIG. Action item: Phil to call KB to get a list of the members from the OD SIG so we can reach out and find a new leader. Michelle L. possible interest in joining OD SIG.

                    - Upcoming Programs & Events

    SIG events and Holiday event will be posted to the website as they are scheduled.


  • Wed, September 21, 2016 12:30 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Make a difference in your community and join our remarkable Goodwill of the Finger Lakes team! Our mission is to prepare and empower people with barriers to independence to be self-sufficient and contribute to their families and communities.

    Job Description:  The Retail Trainer position will work in collaboration with the Learning manager to develop and deliver training courses through multiple methodologies such as classroom, on-the-job training and individual coaching to improve employee performance. They will work to use non-traditional and/or innovative approached to accomplish training goals. The Retail Trainer will work with managers to effectively monitor new employee training progress and effectiveness of the material. Based off of observations and testing, will also work to create recommended improvements to training programs.

    Schedule: Full time position, some travel required. The position will also require occasional evening and weekend training sessions. 

    Experience and Education:  High school diploma or GED required. Prefer an Associates or Bachelor's degree in business management or related field. 2-3 years previous training experience required. must be proficient in the use of computer equipment and other standard office equipment. Experience in current Microsoft office systems required. Experience with on-line training software and learning management software preferred.

    Certificates, Licenses, Registrations:  Current state driver's license, proof of current auto insurance coverage, satisfactory driving record and a working vehicle required.

    Compensation:  Our generous compensation package also includes a 20% store discount, 403(b) retirement plan election, Employee Assistance Program, and more! This full time position is also eligible for paid time off, paid holidays, flexible spending account, and Medical, Dental and Vision coverage.

    Location: Rochester NY. Regional travel required.

    Thank you, in advance, for your interest in employment. We look forward to reviewing your credentials. We will contact those that best meet the qualifications listed above. 

    Goodwill of the Finger Lakes and its subsidiaries encourage diversity in the workplace; we are an Equal Opportunity Employer.

    Minority/Female/Sexual Orientation/Gender Identity/Veteran/Disability 



  • Wed, July 20, 2016 10:57 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Please review the following meeting minutes.  If you have any questions regarding the information please let us know.  If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, contact a current BOD member to discuss your interest.  Thank you.

    1.    Goals: Meet CARE Requirements & Increase sense of community  (Are we in agreement that we’ve established these goals for the upcoming year? We can define our plan for reaching these goals but I want to make sure we have a clear target for the year)

    ·         Yes these are the 2016 BOD Goals

    2.    Introduce Amanda (potential new BOD member)

    ·         YAY!!! Welcome Amanda! Amanda is interested in joining the BOD. Position is TBD – Voting will be included in the Letter from the President.

    3.    Let’s take a moment to recognize and celebrate the progress we’ve made.

    ·         The BOD has set goals, is working on updating the Web page, and is dedicated to providing value and a sense of community to the greater Rochester Training and Development Community

    4.    Comments/suggestions on Letter from the President. 

    ·         Edited the letter. Michelle L. will send out to all members

    5.    Details about the All Member Meeting, the content of the program, location, date, plan – who should be in charge of what regarding that meeting – membership materials, making sure we can take payments, materials for Power Membership

    ·         Location is set; we need a min of 40 participants. Includes AV equipment and the room. The cost is approximately $20 per person.  Michelle L. Will connect with our sponsors to showcase them.

    ·         All board members to connect with one potential sponsor for this event

    ·         We will send a mailer announcing the event – 3 Ted Talk Topics (12 min each with 5 min of questions.

    ·         Michelle C can speak on Selling L&D to the C Suite. We will need 2 more topics. Maybe a healthcare topic?

    6.    Marketing the Crucial Conversations event

    ·         Classroom in U of R Laboratory for Laser Energetics (Laser Lab), is FREE and Michelle L coordinated easy parking for the event, which is also FREE.

    ·         Class time will change to 9:00-4:30 because the doors do not open until 8:30  (we’ll do 8:30-9:00 registration and then class starts at 9:00).

    ·         Phil will work with Michelle L to get the specific details on this to send to our distribution list

    ·         Bob will update the Event on the website

    7.    More website updates: sponsorship page, membership page – merge to highlight power membership

    ·         See Google Doc with working action item list for website updates.  The BOD will continue to work updates independently and then review as a team at the next meeting (8/2 at 5:00pm)


  • Tue, June 21, 2016 1:34 PM | Michelle Campanella

    Please review the following meeting minutes.  If you have any questions regarding the information please let us know.  If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, contact a current BOD member to discuss your interest.  Thank you.

    Please review the following meeting minutes.  If you have any questions regarding the information please let us know.  

    If you are interested in becoming part of our volunteer team, contact a current BOD member to discuss your interest.  Thank you.

    All Member Meeting

    Save the Date!! Wednesday, August 3rd  will be our ROC ATD All Member Meeting.

    • ·      Time and Location TBD
    • ·      More details to come….

    Let us know what you think….

    We are considering a TED Talk format for the upcoming All Member meeting.  What topics would you be interested in hearing about?

    Under Construction:  ROCATD Website

    The Board is working on updating the website to bring you more information and ultimately more value from your membership. Check out the updates we’re providing about:

    • ·      Power Membership
    • ·      A note from our President
    • ·      SIG Information
    • ·      Tools & Resources
    • ·      Chapter Goals & Strategies
    • ·      Opportunities to Contribute

    The site is your portal into the world of training and development at both a national and local level.  If there is additional content you’d find valuable to your peers in our community please let us know by contacting

    Crucial Conversations Training Opportunity

    ROC ATD will be hosting a rare opportunity for ATD Members and guests to attend VitalSmarts’  Crucial Conversations© class.  The contents of this workshop, which will be facilitated by Michelle Lewis (Certified Crucial Conversations© and Crucial Accountability Trainer©), are based on the results of studying hundreds of highly influential individuals of all levels in various organizations.  Studies found that the single most identifiable skill in these individuals was their ability to navigate conversations with differing opinions, high stakes, and strong emotions. They were able to be completely candid and completely respectful when oftentimes, people feel that in order to get important information on the table, they must choose between the two.  The skills presented in this workshop are designed to help us create safety and stay in dialogue. 

    At $445 for members and $495 for guests, you will be able to fully experience this course at $950 less than a regular public session. That’s a 65% discount!

    Stay tuned for the enrollment link and act fast. These seats won’t last.

    Chapter Affiliation Requirements

    The ROC ATD Chapter failed to achieve compliance our 2015 - 2016 Chapter Affiliation Requirements (CARE).  CARE compliance was measured using the following indicators:
    • Joint membership requirement of 35% for individual chapters.
    • 50% joint membership goal to be measured in the aggregate (all chapters).
    • Joint membership activities added to requirements to help chapters plan for success.
    • Rewards program to recognize top three chapters in each size category with cash and complimentary registrations.

    The CARE membership goal helps establish that members of the national organization and its chapters are part of the same organization with shared valuable resources and a shared compelling mission that effectively meets members’ professional development needs. 

    The impact of our failure to achieve our CARE compliance means we won’t receive accreditation and associated prizes including conferences and chapter funding. The BOD is disappointed in our failure to achieve our CARE compliance and are already taking measures to align our chapter for 2016 – 2017 compliance.

    Next BOD Meeting: 7/6/16

  • Fri, May 13, 2016 10:39 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Ranked in Training Magazines Training Top 125.

  • Mon, April 25, 2016 11:52 AM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    CaterTrax is currently hiring an Instructional Design & Training Specialist. Follow this link for a full job description and to submit your resume.,9_IC1132765_KO10,30.htm

  • Fri, February 12, 2016 10:51 AM | Robert Peter II (Administrator)

    Graphic Design & Images

    A special thank you goes out to Jennifer Wiser (SIG leader), Carrie Abbott (ABVI-Goodwill host) and Susan Klick & Rob Robson (session leaders).  This morning's program provided great information and opportunity to connect with colleagues.

    Quick summary:

    • Copyright and training design
    • Image searches and links
    • Design grids and resources
    • Infographic links and resources
    Next CLDSIG meeting is March 4th Relearning Learning
    April CLDSIG meeting is April 1st Graphic Desing & Images II

    Register @
  • Tue, February 02, 2016 1:58 PM | Michelle Lewis (Administrator)

    Click on the link for a full job description  and to submit your resume.

  • Mon, November 09, 2015 12:11 PM | Susan Klick

    The relaunch event was fun. Check out these pictures to see for yourselves!
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