Niagara Frontier Industry and Education Council, Logo Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council, Inc.
(716) 249-6991

Celebrating 43 Years Of Bridging Industry and Education

Mission Statement: NFIEC's mission is to build bridges between industry and education to benefit students and adults for the workforce of today and tomorrow.

March Forum 2019  

Youth Career Development Pipeline Initiatives

Friday, March 8, 2019  Shea's Seneca Theater  2188 Seneca Street Buffalo, New York

8:00 a.m. to 10:30 a.m.

Registration Deadline extended to Tuesday, March 5th!

Many youth career-based educational programs don't begin until 8th grade or later.  Most reseachers believe that this is too late in their awareness process to accurately access their interest, skills and abilities in a career focused program of study.  School districts develop and utlize a number of program and services to enhance their skills to include BOCES,  in-district Career Academies, P-Tech and elective-based course work.  These are all available to students based on interests and availabilty, but there are also students in Advanced Placement, Honors and other courses that may or may not align with a particular sequence or career focus.  Additionally, there are students who do not participate in any of these services, so what options or career exposure do they receive before graduation?  Come learn from our panelists who specialize in a number of these and other options for local workforce development efforts for youth.

Panelists for our March Forum program are: 

  • Leslie Tanner, Principal - Orleans-Niagara BOCES, Sanborn
  • Karen Sharp-Price, Sharp Human Resources - Buffalo & Adjunct Professor Daemen College
  • Gary Bernardo, Field Coordinator - NYS Laborers'-Employers' Cooperation & Education Trust 
  • Colleen Christmann, Director of Academies & Career & Technical Education - West Seneca Central School District
  • Discussion Facilitator - Dr. Dick Jones, NYS Successful Practices Network

Registration deadline is Friday, March 1st.  Cost is $35/members, $40/non-members and includes

a full breakfast and materials for all participants

Contact Dr. John Craig for details at: or call 716.249.6991

Forum is sponsored in part by: 



NEW - Educator Tours - Friday, March 15, 2019

NFIEC is providing a series of industry tour visits in Advanced Manufacturing/Engineering Technology & Food Processing Manufacturing at local businesses on Friday, March 15, 2019.  Participants will visit two local industries in a specific or mixed career pathway.  Each visit will include an overview, tour and question & answer session.  Tours begin at 8:00 a.m. and conclude at 2:00 p.m.  Lunch and materials will be provided.  Space is limited in each section to 20 people, so register early!  Registration closes on Thursday, March 7th.   Click on the link below to register at Erie 1 BOCES.   

School Districts and staff participants may be eligible for co-service reimbursement and substitute costs for participating staff. 

Professional Development credit is available.


Providing Much-Needed Community Resources

In 1976, the Buffalo Area Chamber of Commerce joined with Erie 1 BOCES (Board of Cooperative Educational Services) to establish the Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council, Inc. (NFIEC). Today, we provide outreach services and scholarship programs as well as other community resources through the help of our partners and members.

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NFIEC provides students a high quality opportunity to showcase their skills to employers with the Business and Education Employability Portfolio (BEEP). This program is available to local students through their school district to teach them valuable workplace skills and competencies.

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When you join the Niagara Frontier Industry  Education Council, you are eligible for all the benefits we offer, including participation in our NFIEC career programming and our popular scholarship program. Support our student assistance programs by joining us today.

Board & Members
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Our valued educational partnerships have allowed us to provide ongoing outreach support to our community members in the form of our career awareness courses and workshops. We also showcase our stars at our annual award's breakfast.


Members Of NFIEC
Get a 10% Reduction and Access To Programming for Free

About Us

For over 43 years, Niagara Frontier Industry Education Council (NFIEC) has brought executives, educators, parents, and students together to develop strategies that helps build the skills of our students to become successful in the workplace.  NFIEC functions as a common meeting ground for business, industry, education, labor, and government to collaborate. Today, as a result of ongoing efforts, NFIEC supports a more cooperative relationship with partners offering workshops, scholarship programs and other community services.

Through the years, NFIEC has developed and presented a variety of programs, courses, and community services all aimed at helping the student of today become the educated, well-adjusted, and contributing employees of tomorrow. The benefits of collective input and support in many career initiatives allows NFIEC to support our members and partners across Western New York.

Our purpose is to work as an umbrella organization to communicate, support, and collaborate dicsussions between business and education.  NFIEC is a 501-c- 3 nonprofit organization and seeks membership and sponsorship for services and programs. NFIEC develops and utilizes fundraisers, direct sponsorship and seeks grants to support our mission.


Thank you for your interest. Please reach out with questions or comments using the information below. We look forward to hearing from you.

Executive Director - John D. Craig, Ph.D.

Email - 

(716) 249-6991

Hours of Operation
Monday - Friday: 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Erie 1 BOCES TS E-Team
355 Harlem Road, West Seneca, New York, 14224

Service Area
Greater Western New York

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