Jamel Brown is among the 2022 graduates at East High. His post-high school plans include pursuing a career in Rochester’s $3 billion precision optics industry. “I polish glass. I’m technically an optical engineer,” said John Hall, a 21-year-old employee at Optimax Manufacturing who has been working there since he graduated from East High in 2019. “This is not something I imagined I would be doing. I honestly didn’t know anything about this.”

Optimax Human Resources Director Alejandro Mendoza said they try to create an environment where there are lots of perks. “We have just under 400 employees, hired 50 this year and the trend is continuing through the remainder of the year,” said Mendoza.

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