• Workforce Development Center

  • Since 1998, the Workforce Development Center has successfully linked businesses to the public workforce system. Our staff works to increase business access to qualified workers, and ensure income eligible residents are prepared for the workplace environment, its responsibilities, and retention.


  • Workforce Connections

  • The Workforce Connections Program assists eligible adults receiving Temporary Assistance or SNAP benefits to find employment and build the skills necessary to retain a job/career path through education, job readiness training, soft skill enhancements, one-on-one mentoring, and case management. Workforce Connections is made possible through funding from the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services.

    Collaboration & Partnerships

    Program participants work to achieve a livable wage and successfully transition out of assistance programs. Case managers work one-on-one with participants to outline goals and provide the necessary tools to achieve them. Workforce Connections collaborates with other community resources to aid participants in achieving self-sufficiency.

    The Workforce Connections Program also partners with the Dutchess One Stop Career Center for workshops and other resources such as résumé and cover letter workshops, keyboarding skills, career exploration, and many other activities, which afford further knowledge and skills necessary for maintaining employment. Through this partnership, agencies and nonprofits pool resources to more effectively and efficiently serve the community.

    Through these supportive employment workshops and services, many participants work to move up within their companies and turn a job into a career.

    For more information, contact Director of Workforce Connections, Elizabeth Kwant at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1013.

  • Program Staff

  • Lousie McLoughlin Senior Vice President of Business Services
  • Louise McLoughlin
    Senior Vice President of Business Services

  • Karen Williams, Workforce Connections Case Manager
  • Karen Williams
    Workforce Connections Case Manager

  • Elizabeth Kwant Director of Workforce Connections
  • Elizabeth Kwant
    Director of Workforce Connections


  • Career Action Center at Poughkeepsie High School

  • The Career Action Center program offers intensive mentoring for juniors and seniors at Poughkeepsie High School. There are two components: the Career Exploration class and the Career Action Center.  The class prepares students for post-secondary education, assists with finding employment, and offers local internship opportunities while the Center, located in room 100 at the high school, provides a calm, creative environment for students to share daily accomplishments and obtain community resources, scholarship information, study skills, college preparation information, working papers, and more. This program is made possible thanks to a partnership with the Poughkeepsie City School District.

    To successfully complete the Career Action Center program, students must complete a 25-hour internship or volunteer opportunity and successfully pass the Career Exploration class.

    Internships/Volunteer Opportunities

    Internships and volunteer opportunities take place at various locations. Students are placed at sites based on their interest following a career assessment and meeting with the Assistant Director to assess the skills he or she wants to improve. After the opportunity is completed, it is added to the student’s course requirements and can be added to his or her résumé.

    Benefits of Hosting a Student

    By hosting a student as either an intern or volunteer local businesses and organizations help students:

    • Expand his or her understanding of and skills appropriate for the workplace.
    • Learn the ins and outs of being part of a team.
    • Choose a career path.`

    Creating an Internship/Volunteer Schedule

    The staff of the Career Action center works with the student and the business site to coordinate a schedule convenient for both.

    • Popular times for internships or volunteer opportunities are after school (3:15 - 5 p.m.), during holiday breaks, and on weekends.
    • Students are responsible for reaching out to finalize the schedule.
    • Students should complete their internship within four weeks.

    Transportation

    Our program staff is available to assist with transportation to and from internship or volunteer sites, however some opt to walk or have a parent and/or guardian bring him or her to the site.

    Required Documents

    • Students are required to complete a timesheet, signed by the employer, documenting internship or volunteer hours. Timesheets are submitted once the experience is complete.
    • Students are responsible for bringing a Timesheet Folder to his or her site on the first day. Timesheet Folders can be kept at the site for the duration of the experience or kept with the student.
    • Each employer is required to submit an Employer Evaluation Form after the 25 hours is complete.

     

    For more information, contact Director of the Career Action Center, Katrina Gobins at (845) 454-1700, ext. 1005 or (845) 451-4939.

  • Program Staff
  • Katrina Gobins Director of the Career Action Center
  • Katrina Gobins
    Director of the Career Action Center

  • Kadiyah Lodge Assistant Director of the Career Action Center
  • Kadiyah Lodge
    Assistant Director of the Career Action Center

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