Speaker’s List for Event Includes Newburgh Mayor Nick Valentine, Others from Local Organizations

MIDDLETOWN, N.Y. – Newburgh City Mayor Nick Valentine will be among more than a half-dozen speakers who will participate in a March 20 Career Day workshop organized by SUNY Orange’s Youth Empowerment Program and planned for the College’s Newburgh Extension Center.

The workshop will run from 10 a.m. to Noon at the Newburgh Extension Center, One Washington Center. In addition to Valentine, the speaker’s list includes: Alan Peterson, SUNY Orange adjunct professor in forensic science; Lt. Bill Wiseman, Newburgh Fire Department; Robyn Williams, vice president of marketing, Rhinebeck Savings Bank; Charles Kimbrough, assistant director, Hoops Express; and Cynthia Dawson, manager, Flannery Animal Hospital. Several other speakers are expected to be added prior to the event as well.

“The speakers will discuss their Orange County upbringing, their fields of endeavor and how they established themselves as successful in the business world,” said Lou DeFeo, SUNY Orange workforce development education coordinator. “We are attempting to expose students to occupations that they may one day enter. We feel that it is important for Newburgh students to hear from people from their town.”

Most of the participants in the Youth Empowerment Program are out-of-school youths between the ages of 17 and 21 who were referred to the program by one of several county social service agencies. The YEP assists participants in preparing for their high school equivalency exam (GED), along with providing job readiness training, life skills, paid work experience and counseling, so they may enter unsubsidized employment.

The Youth Empowerment Program operates out of Newburgh and Middletown and is administered by the College’s Continuing and Professional Education department. For more information on YEP or the Career Day, call (845) 341-4532.

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Mike Albright
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