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
Atria Landing of Poughkeepsie
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
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.
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.