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Annual Poughkeepsie High School Career and Job Fair

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 22) - Student scholars at Poughkeepsie High School met with more than 60 local businesses and organizations to learn about potential career pathways on Thursday, April 19 at the 5th Annual Career & Job Fair at Poughkeepsie High School. A ribbon cutting ceremony took place beforehand to kick off the career and job fair. Special guests including New York State Senator, Sue Serino, Dutchess County Executive, Marcus Molinaro, and Mayor of the City of Poughkeepsie, Rob Rolison, attended the ceremony and said a few words to the attendees. This event was presented by the Poughkeepsie City School District, the Dutchess County Regional Chamber of Commerce, and the Career Action Center.

The students of Poughkeepsie High School were able to match their skills and interests to real world choices by interacting and networking with professionals. Students were inspired after hearing unique stories of how these exhibitors became successful in their industry. Exhibitors were asked to bring promotional materials for both the students and their fellow presenters. The Career and Job fair served as a format for networking for students and professionals alike.

While the Career and Job Fair only lasted one day, students will be able to follow up on the information they learned about with the Poughkeepsie High School Career Action Center. The Career Action Center is a service located directly in the Poughkeepsie high school with two dedicated mentors and has an open-door policy so that whenever students are not in class, they are welcome to stop by for whatever they need. The Career Action Center offers a comfortable environment in which students can ask questions and get help with things like resumes or job searches.

The Career Action Center is a program under The Workforce Development Center. Since 1996, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system. Their staff works to increase business access to qualified workers, and ensure income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities, and retention.

For more information about the Career Action Center, or the Workforce Development Center visit or call Audra Gerty at (845) 454-1700 ext. 1007.


Tai Chi / Chi Kung classes

MONTICELLO (April 22) - The Adult & Continuing Education Program at Sullivan BOCES is offering a Tai Chi / Chi Kung course. This course is offered on Wednesdays, May 2nd through June 2nd, from 12:00pm-1:00pm at the St. John Street Education in Monticello. The course tuition is $65

Tai Chi/Chi Kung has been recognized for thousands of year as both a method of self-cultivation and an unsurpassed form of self-defense. It is gentle and easy to do. It can help calm the emotions, focus the mind and strengthen the immune system.
To register or for more information, contact the Adult and Continuing Education Program at (845) 295-4915 between the hours of 9:00 am and 6:30 pm or visit us at

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The Adult Program at BOCES enhances our community, one family at a time.


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SUNY New Paltz launches new undergraduate program in Business Analytics

NEW PALTZ (April 4) - The AACSB-accredited School of Business at SUNY New Paltz is pleased to announce a new Bachelor of Science program in Business Analytics, the first undergraduate program of its kind in the SUNY system.

Data analysis in business is a rapidly growing field that combines knowledge of business, technology, critical thinking and strategic communication to harness the power of “Big Data” and inform executive decision making at the highest levels of industry.

The increasing availability of “Big Data” is being felt across a range of business sectors, including finance, marketing, retail, government and healthcare. This has created tremendous demand for analysts who can interpret all the data, to help businesses make informed decisions.

“Companies around the world are clamoring for employees with the ability to analyze, interpret and visualize data,” said Dean of the School of Business Kristin Backhaus. “Our Business Analytics program, with a focus on application and hands-on practice, will prepare our graduates to make a direct impact on company profitability.”

The new Business Analytics program at New Paltz equips students with core tools and concepts in an undergraduate program, instead of the more typical graduate program, so they can begin developing valuable skills earlier in their careers.

The Business Analytics curriculum focuses on helping students understand three vital aspects of Big Data analysis:

  • Data management and quality: collecting, cleaning and organizing data in a way that maintains its integrity, and can be used to gain insights;
  • Mathematical and statistical modeling: using industry standard software and other tools of analysis, including data mining, deep learning and artificial intelligence, to draw useful insights from large datasets;
  • Critical evaluation and communication: developing intelligent and creative interpretations for making smart business decisions.

Business Analytics courses at New Paltz rest upon a well-established foundation of general business and management education at the School of Business, and on the College’s general education emphasis on communication and critical thinking skills.

The first cohort of Business Analytics students will begin in fall 2018. Current and prospective students can learn more about this new program at


Arc of Dutchess announces appointment of new director of donor relations 

POUGHKEEPSIE (April 4) ‐  The Arc of Dutchess, one of the county’s largest providers of support services for those with developmental and intellectual disabilities, announces the addition of Sarah Weikel, director of donor relations.

Full details on our Health Page


Faith Christian Academy announces Science Fair winners

POUGHKEEPSIE (March 28) - Faith Christian Academy (FCA) in Poughkeepsie has announced the winners of their 2018 annual Science Fair that took place recently in the School’s renovated gymnasium.

Under the leadership of FCA Science & Chemistry teacher, Barbara France, 70 projects were showcased and then judged by a team of 20 judges of teachers, professional staff and members of the community.

“We were excited about the energy, number of students participating and the quality of exhibits at this year’s Science Fair , said Dean of Academic and Administrative Affairs, Sara Jacob. “We see this as a reflection of a student body that is creative, open to challenges and eager to learn.”

2018 Science Fair winners:

  • Hannah Abreu 1st place High School (9th grade)
  • Giancarlo Scolaro, 2nd place High School (9th grade)
  • Lily Malone, 3rd place High School (11th grade)
  • Hunter Knauf, 1st place Middle School (7th grade)
  • Priyanka Jacob, 2nd place Middle School (8th grade)
  • Alex Loveday, 3rd place Middle School (8th grade)

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Some other exhibits included: Turning Milk into Plastic, Alternative Sources of Energy, Time Travel and How to Detect a Lie.

The Faith Christian Academy Science Fair began in 2016 and featured only 12 exhibits. The overall winner of that event went on to the Dutchess County Science Fair ultimately winning first prize for their division. 


Orange County Human Rights Commission seeks applications for college scholarship  

GOSHEN (March 27) -  The Orange County’s Human Rights Commission is seeking applicants for its 2018 scholarship award of $1,000.

“This scholarship award is an opportunity to recognize a student who raises awareness about human rights in their school or community,” said County Executive Steven Neuhaus. “I know that we will once again receive many impressive nominations. Our previous recipients have been leaders who have demonstrated extraordinary commitment to human rights.”

Scholarship applicants must be a high school senior or eligible for graduation in the 2018 calendar year and be considering a post-secondary education. The eligible applicant must also reside in Orange County at the time of the nomination.

“The Commission celebrates the efforts and voices of young people who foster human rights in our community,” said Executive Director of Human Rights Inaudy Esposito. “We are excited to once again be able to offer this opportunity for recognition and college assistance.”

Application forms are available from school guidance counselors, by calling the Commission office at 615-3680, and on the Human Rights Commission page on the County website at The application deadline is April 11, 2018.  Completed applications can be emailed to:, or mailed to: Orange County Human Rights Commission, 255-275 Main St., Goshen, NY 10924


Rockland Youth Bureau announces summer 2018 Conservation Corps Program

NEW CITY (March 26) - The Youth Bureau is accepting applications for the 2018 Rockland Conservation & Service Corps.

Full details on our Community Page


Ulster BOCES District Superintendent Charles Khoury (right) and Career & Technical Center
Principal Dean Lucera cut the ribbon for the official opening of The Learning Hub resource
center. Students from the Highland Central School District, Kingston City School District,
New Paltz Central School District, Rondout Valley Central School District, Saugerties Central
School District, and Wallkill Central School District came out to celebrate the event.

Ulster BOCES launches new Student Resource Center

ESOPUS (February 28) - The Ulster BOCES Career & Technical Center officially opened the doors of its new student learning resource center, The Learning Hub, on Friday, February 23.

The Learning Hub—or “The Hub,” as the students call it—is a designated space designed to provide support for academic success in the Career & Technical Center’s programs. Since its soft opening at the end of 2017, the relaxed environment has also become a welcomed area for students practicing for the National Occupational Competency Testing Institute exams (NOCTI), which evaluate students enrolled in career and technical programs. The shared space is also used by students looking to perfect their résumés, create cover letters, or fine-tune their interview skills in preparation for gaining employment.


Speech Pathologist Jennifer Mojica, left, and Special Education
Teacher Alyssa Anderson

Gidney Avenue Memorial School wins Read Across America Grant

NEWBURGH (February 28) - Special Education teacher, Alyssa Anderson and Speech Pathologist, Jennifer Mojica took a chance this month by applying for the state wide 20th Anniversary Read Across America grant through NYSUT. The driving force behind the decision to apply on behalf of Gidney Avenue Memorial School, a Newburgh Enlarged City School District building, was the school’s upcoming scheduled Annual Literacy Night open to students and families, happening Thursday, March 1st. The school’s Annual Literacy Night is always very well attended and supported throughout the community as it kicks off the national Read Across America Month, however Ms. Anderson and Ms. Mojica always felt as though some students had struggled to relate to the literature accessible in the school’s current library resources/inventory, with a limited selection for each grade level. To address this problem, the teachers went through the grant application process through NYSUT which would enable them to purchase more diverse literature to reach all the school’s student body, and to foster a deeper connection and love for reading.

The school was ultimately selected and has received $1,000 to attain its goal! The money was directly spent on over 170 books and kits, with Ms. Anderson and Ms. Mojica carefully selecting each title through the teacher supply organization, First Book. Each grade level and classroom, Kindergarten through Grade 5 will have access to literature focused on varying types of diversity including, cultural differences, physical disabilities, and gender equality. For every book title purchased, the school’s library will receive a copy as well. “The grant was spent pretty quickly, we wanted to make sure all of our students could make connections to literature in a meaningful way”, said Ms. Anderson.

The teachers were tasked with detailing how Gidney Avenue Memorial School promotes student diversity as a major component of the grant application process. This is where they took the opportunity to highlight their Annual Literacy Night. This is the school’s third annual event, with a theme of “Comic-Con”, promoting diverse superheroes with a special guest character appearance by Black Panther and many others. The literacy organization, I Read, I Rock is a yearly sponsor of the event, and every student that attends will receive a gift bag that includes one book in the comic-con/graphic novel genre along with literacy resources to reinforce reading at home. A series of literacy based activities for families are planned for the duration of the event, cumulating with a reading by guest author and illustrator, Bryan Collier.

The grant will also help Gidney Avenue Memorial School support its current guest reader speaker series, in which community volunteers visit and read meaningful stories to individual classrooms. Thus far, they have had guest readers from the Assistant District Attorney’s Office who were bilingual, local law enforcement agencies from the City of Newburgh and Town of Newburgh Police departments, and staff from Cornerstone Family Health.


Eisenberg and Neuhaus

Monhagen Middle School sixth-grader Logan Eisenberg is Orange County’s Citizen of the Month Award

GOSHEN (February 19) - Orange County Executive Steven Neuhaus recognized Logan Eisenberg as the Citizen of the Month Award winner for the month of February.

Neuhaus selected Eisenberg, 11, for organizing “Operation SOCKS” last month, which collected 3,687 pairs of socks for residents at Helping Others Needing Our Resources (HONOR) homeless shelter in Middletown.

“Logan has inspired all of us with his compassion for the less fortunate,” Neuhaus said. “He has a big heart and what he has accomplished with “Operation SOCKS” is incredible. Logan should be commended for his efforts and for his commitment to Orange County and its residents. We are all proud of him and know that he has a bright future ahead of him.”

According to Eisenberg’s mother, Danielle, her son was inspired to start “Operation SOCKS” after seeing a homeless man at a Middletown gas station on a frigid morning in December. Logan asked his mother: “Where is his home?” She informed him that the man was homeless and told her son that he probably lived at HONOR.

A few weeks later, Eisenberg received $100 from his grandparents for Christmas. He asked his mother if he could donate the gift to HONOR, which provides individualized and integrated services to people who are combating chemical dependency, in need of transitional housing, or require crisis intervention. Instead, Danielle suggested to her son that he start a sock drive for HONOR. The family started an “Operation SOCKS” Facebook page and hoped to collect 3,000 pairs of socks.

Eisenberg plays percussion in the Monhagen Middle School’s jazz band and is a member of the school’s technology club and leadership team. His other interests include Taekwondo and playing video games. Mrs. Eisenberg said that in the near future Logan plans to volunteer at a local soup kitchen.

“We all consider ourselves fortunate to have met Logan and his family,” said HONOR’s Executive Director, Chris Molinelli. “He is an incredible young man and is filled with compassion and understanding well beyond his years. Logan’s efforts have touched the lives of so many in Orange County and we are ecstatic that the County Executive has recognized him for his efforts.”

The Citizen of the Month Award recognizes outstanding Orange County residents. To nominate someone, please email or mail a letter to “Citizen of the Month” at 255-275 Main Street Goshen, N.Y. 10924. Be sure to include the nominee’s name, hometown, a list of their accomplishments, why you are nominating them and any other pertinent information. Nominees must be from Orange County.


SUNY Orange announces spring classes in Port Jervis

MIDDLETOWN (February 12) - SUNY Orange will kick off its revitalized presence in Port Jervis this spring by offering four evening classes, with two first-year college-level courses set to begin March 6 and two accelerated skills classes to commence in early April.

The classes are the first to be offered as part of a collaborative effort between Orange County, the City of Port Jervis and SUNY Orange to expand the College’s presence in western Orange County and to bring post-secondary academic opportunities and workforce development programming to the area. The four spring courses will be presented at Port Jervis High School while the finishing touches are being put on renovations to a building at 150 Pike Street in Port Jervis. It is expected that the College’s summer offerings, when announced, will be delivered at the Pike Street location.

The first-year college courses that begin at Port Jervis High School on March 6 include Introduction to Business (offered Monday and Wednesday from 5 to 7:45 p.m.) and Elementary Algebra (offered Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 8:45 p.m.). The accelerated skills courses beginning in early April include Developmental Algebra (Tuesday and Thursday from 6 to 9 p.m. starting April 3) and Basic Writing Skills 2 (Monday and Wednesday from 6 to 9 p.m., beginning April 9). The Developmental Algebra and Basic Writing Skills 2 courses are being offered to prepare students to be ready for upcoming general education courses planned for Port Jervis this summer.

“These initial courses are designed to help students take their first step toward a college degree, or allow them to ease back into the classroom if they’ve been away for a while,” says Dr. Kristine Young, SUNY Orange president, who also expressed her appreciation that the Port Jervis School District has made space available at the high school while the Pike Street site is being finished. “For those who may be interested in these four offerings, or might be thinking about joining us in Port Jervis this summer, I encourage them to contact a College representative. Our advisors will be able to help determine how our classes in Port Jervis can fit into their college plans.”

For more information about the Port Jervis classes, call (845) 341-4050 or email Additional details are also available at




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