ROCHESTER, N.Y. — It was signing day for students of the Finger Lakes Youth Apprenticeship Program.

It’s the program's second annual event that pairs high school students with local manufacturing companies for instruction, job shadowing, and paid co-ops.

Thirty-two high school students were presented with their placements in front of family and 13 leading manufacturing businesses at the Monroe 2-Orleans BOCES campus in Spencerport.

The program, which was developed by MCC and the Rochester Technology and Manufacturing Association, was created to proactively address the increasing need for a well-trained labor supply in the manufacturing sector.