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Jun 01 2017

Career Fair sees record number of vendors, students talking about the future

The Dutchess Youth One Stop and Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School, two programs made possible through community partnerships, hosted the 4th annual Career and Job Fair at Poughkeepsie High School on Thursday, April 27 featuring more than 50 community businesses and organizations from industries such as health and wellness, government, education, retail services, trade industries, and more.

Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce President & CEO Frank Castella, Jr. opened the event with a rousing Ribbon Cutting with remarks from City of Poughkeepsie Mayor Rob Rolison and Poughkeepsie City School District Superintendent Dr. Nicolè Williams.

“It is a testament to the commitment our businesses show our community and school district that this job fair has so many local businesses involved!!” Mayor Rolison said during his remarks. “The Buzz in Poughkeepsie is back because partnerships like this exist.”

Understanding that careers can take multiple paths, the fair was broken into a road map, of sorts. Students and faculty from the high school traveled down Finance Drive and spoke to local banking institutions. The Military District had recruiters from the Air Force, Army, Marines, Navy and other military branches. NonProfit Street featured local nonprofit organizations and Trades Highway had representatives from various trades such as HV/AC technicians and auto mechanics.

Superintendent Dr. Williams said besides being the most vendors to date, there was also a record number of student scholars in attendance, a fact she says can be contributed to the rising number of students who have a dream for their future after high school.

“We believe in partnerships and collaboration. The more students and our local businesses work together, the closer we are to achieving excellence. We believe ‘Excellence is Possible.’”

There was a lot of excitement as youth explored career paths within each of the career clusters such as Retail & Services Boulevard, Arts Alley, and Education Avenue among others. Displays featured literature, interactive demonstrations, games and prizes, promotional items, and more. Also, for the second year, Fidelis Care generously donated more than 400 backpacks and miscellaneous school supplies for the students in attendance.

One of the more popular displays was from EFCO Products, Inc.a global distributor of ingredients for wholesale bakeries, chain restaurants, retail bakeries, food processors, frozen food manufacturers, and supermarket bakeries. The interactive demonstration allowed students to don gloves, choose a pastry bag, practice stuffing doughnuts with jelly or custard, and icing them before enjoying the treat.

Vendors in attendance included:

Adam's Fairacre Farms

Anderson School for Autism

Arlington Auto & Tire

Arts Mid-Hudson

Atria Landing of Poughkeepsie

Blueprint Consulting

Central Hudson Gas & Electric

City of Poughkeepsie

City of Poughkeepsie Fire Department

Cornell Cooperative Extension Dutchess County


Dutchess Community College

Dutchess County Community Action Agency

Dutchess County Department of Community & Family Services

Dutchess County Sheriff

Dutchess County Tourism, Inc.

EFCO Products, Inc.

Finishing Trades Institute of NY

Glenmont Job Corps

Hand and Stone Massage and Facial Spa of Poughkeepsie

Health Crusaders/Youth Mission Outreach

Hudson River Housing

Hudson Valley Building Trades

Hudson Valley Federal Credit Union

Lincoln Tech

Lowe's Home Improvement Center

Lutheran Care Center

Marist College Upward Bound


MidHudson Regional Hospital

Mill Street Loft/Spark Media Project

Mobile Life Support Services

New York State Police

NY Army National Guard

Orthopedic Associates of Dutchess County

Planned Parenthood Mid-Hudson Valley

Poughkeepsie Public Library District

Revolutionary Cooling Systems, Inc.

Rhinebeck Bank

Ridley Lowell Business & Technical Institute

Southern Dutchess Behavioral Group

Stringendo Orchestra School of the Hudson Valley

TEG Federal Credit Union

The Brothers That Just Do Gutters

United States Air Force

United States Army

United States Marines

Youth One Stop/Workforce Connections.

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