Kathy Welsh

Kathy Welsh

Poughkeepsie, NY –

Central Hudson Gas & Electric Corporation connects local job seekers, veterans, and high school and college students to potential careers in the field of energy. Through various initiatives, the utility is engaging qualified applicants interested in pursuing college degrees and employment in engineering, electrical and natural gas positions and other utility careers.

William D’Amico (top) and Ray Mendock (bottom) are seen in their military uniforms on the left and in their Central Hudson uniforms on the right. They are 2 of 16 recently hired veterans and are among 74 Central Hudson employees who served in the military or are currently enlisted in the Reserves. Central Hudson participates in New York’s Troops to Energy Jobs program to offer employment opportunities to qualified veterans.

“Mid-October marks ‘Careers in Energy Week’ in New York to highlight and promote the many job opportunities that the utility industry offers, and Central Hudson supports this important initiative,” said Sharon McGinnis, Vice President of Human Resources and Safety. “We’re committed to reaching out to students and those seeking employment opportunities through our participation in the Troops-to-En­ergy Jobs initiative, the E-TECH academy at Poughkeepsie High School, our Community to Work and college Summer Internship programs, attendance at various career fairs in the region and other re­cruitment programs.”

The Troops-to-Energy Jobs initia­tive was launched in 2014 to provide returning veterans career opportunities in the utility industry. “This program is part of a statewide coalition led by New York utilities, including Central Hudson, and has been successful in offering meaningful employment to veterans who are able to utilize their skills and training in the utility field,” said McGinnis. The initiative is the first statewide branch of the Center for Energy Work­force Development’s (CEWD) national program, and Central Hudson’s job openings are posted on the CEWD website to attract veterans. Since the initiative began last year, Central Hudson has hired 16 veterans who now are now employed in electric and natural gas maintenance and construction, security, engineering and system operations.

The E-TECH academy serves at-risk high school students seeking ca­reer-ready skills in technology, and is a partnership of Central Hudson, the Poughkeepsie City School District and Dutchess Community College. Participating high school students in are provided with an integrated sequence of high school and college course work, mentorship by engineering and other professionals, workplace experience and potential internships, culminating in both a high school diploma and a college associate degree in the field of engineering. The initiative is funded through the New York State Pathways in Technology Early College High School (P-TECH) grant, and is one of 10 awarded public-private partnerships in the state.

The Community to Work Program provides summer internships to qualified individuals who hope to gain valuable work experience while building a relationship with Central Hudson.  Participants are recent high school graduates or students enrolled in a GED, certificate or associates degree program, and are provided an opportunity to develop job skills and gain valuable work experience with the potential for full-time employment. A separate Summer Internship Program for college students is also offered.

“We also help organize and participate in regional job fairs to improve awareness of the employment possibilities at Central Hudson,” said McGinnis. “Our employees perform a diverse mix of job functions, and are offered numerous career possibilities. We’re working to attract qualified candidates, and help students, veterans and others to prepare for their careers and to consider Central Hudson as a potential employer.”

For more information on employment at Central Hudson, visit www.CentralHudson.com/employment.

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