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November 18, 2016

For Release: Immediately

Students Provided With Hands-On Learning Experiences at Central Hudson

Students from Dutchess and Ulster counties met with professionals from Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation this week to learn about the technical skills they will need for potential employment in the energy industry or related fields.

Fifty Poughkeepsie High School students participating in the E-TECH Academy received hands-on experience with the equipment and tools used by Central Hudson electric line and natural gas crews, worked with engineers to learn about electric circuits and motors, learned about the technology behind thermal cameras and heard from professionals about the types of skills employers seek in the energy industry. 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 students with career readiness skills through industry exposure, mentorship and internship opportunities.

A second group of 40 students from the Ulster BOCES Electrical Construction and Maintenance program toured Central Hudson’s Sturgeon Pool facility, a hydroelectric generating plant, to get a first-hand look at energy production and distribution. The students were provided an overview of substation and hydroelectric facility operations, including the specialized equipment used and how the systems operate, and learned of potential career and internship opportunities at Central Hudson. The Sturgeon Pool plant, constructed in 1922, produces emissions-free electricity using renewable resources, which is distributed throughout the region by electrical substations and transmission lines.

“Preparing our local students for fulfilling careers is a responsibility we all share, and we’re honored to assist these bright, young minds in learning all they can so that they may make informed decisions about their futures,” said Sharon McGinnis, Vice President of Human Resources and Safety at Central Hudson. “Our goal is to provide them with a positive experience that may spark an interest in a career path, and to help them chart a course toward fulfilling that career.”

For more information on Central Hudson in the community, visit www.CentralHudson.com/Community.

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Students from Dutchess and Ulster counties met with professionals from Central Hudson to gain hands-on experiences and learn about the technical skills they will need for potential employment in the energy industry or related fields. Left: Poughkeepsie High School students enrolled in the E-TECH Academy are shown the equipment and tools used by electric line professionals at Central Hudson. Right: Students from Ulster BOCES were provided an overview of operations at a Central Hudson hydroelectric facility, and learned of potential career and internship opportunities.