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March 22, 2017
For Release: Immediately
Central Hudson Employees Help Prepare E-TECH Students for Their Future

More than 20 employees of Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation met with 48 student-scholars from Poughkeepsie High School participating in the E-TECH academy (Engineering, Technology, Early College, High School). The employees are serving as mentors to the scholars, providing feedback and serving as role models, and offering strategies and tools about navigating high school, college, career planning, time management, problem solving, communication and collaboration.

Launched in 2015, the E-TECH academy serves at-risk high school students seeking ca­reer-ready skills in technology, and is an educational partnership of Central Hudson, the Poughkeepsie City School District and Dutchess Community College. Students must apply and be accepted into the E-TECH Academy and are offered an integrated sequence of high school and college course work to earn their High School diploma and an Associate's degree from Dutchess Community College in electrical engineering. As an industry partner of E-TECH, Central Hudson assists the scholars with career readiness skills through industry exposure, mentorship and internship opportunities.

"Today is about investing in our most precious resource — our children in the City of Poughkeepsie," said Dr. Nicole Williams, Superintendent of the Poughkeepsie City School District, to the scholars during the meeting last week. "We are so excited to partner with Central Hudson in this mission-critical initiative because we understand the importance of a mentor-mentee relationship. Mentoring is a crucial component to help you achieve excellence and excellence is our goal."

Central Hudson Vice President of Human Resources and Safety Sharon McGinnis encouraged the students to work hard and to do well in school. "This is a great opportunity for you, so take advantage," she said. "Your future is in your hands."

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Poughkeepsie High School student-scholars from the E-TECH program (Engineering, Technology, Early College, High School) networked with their Central Hudson professional mentors at a kick-off event on March 17, 2017. The mentors provide feedback and serve as role models, and also offer strategies and tools about navigating high school, college, career planning and more. The highly successful E-TECH program was launched in 2015 and already twelve of the high school freshmen have taken a college-level math course, the first students their age to do so in New York.


Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation is a regulated transmission and distribution utility serving approximately 380,000 customers in portions of eight counties of New York State's Mid-Hudson River Valley; it delivers natural gas and electricity in a 2,600-square-mile service territory that extends from the suburbs of metropolitan New York City north to the Capital District at Albany. Its mission is to deliver electricity and natural gas to an expanding customer base in a safe, reliable, courteous and affordable manner; to produce growing financial returns for its owner; to foster a culture that encourages employees to reach their full potential; and to be a good corporate citizen. Visit for more information.


Central Hudson became the first American utility subsidiary of Canadian holding company Fortis Inc. in June 2013.   Fortis is a leader in the North American utility industry with assets of approximately $48 billion and 2016 revenue of $6.8 billion. Its regulated utility companies serve more than three million customers across Canada, the United States and the Caribbean. Visit for additional information.