New Student Membership Program to Offer Students Full Access to Chamber Events

NEWBURGH, N.Y. – The Orange County Chamber of Commerce and SUNY Orange today (Wednesday, June 20) announced an innovative new Chamber membership program for business students enrolled at SUNY Orange's Middletown and Newburgh campuses.

Chamber President Dr. John D’Ambrosio made the announcement at a press conference held in the Tower Building at the College’s Newburgh campus. D'Ambrosio was joined by Mindy Ross, SUNY Orange vice president for the Newburgh campus, as well as members of Business Clubs from each of the College’s two campuses.

The intent of the student membership program is to help students become more familiar with how businesses really work to better prepare them for their careers after graduation.

"It’s always a win-win situation when you mix students with employers,” D’Ambrosio said, explaining that the new program will enable the students to participate fully in all Orange County Chamber events and programs. The SUNY Orange Business Club at both the Newburgh and Middletown campuses will join the Chamber for an annual fee of $125. This will allow every member of the club to attend seminars, workshops, breakfasts, mixers, committee meetings and any other event that the Chamber hosts.

“As educators, we strive to find creative and effective ways to connect the classroom and the workplace so that our students and graduates are prepared to succeed in today’s highly competitive job market,” added SUNY Orange President Dr. William Richards in a statement. “We are happy to partner with the Chamber on this creative program that will allow our students to immerse themselves in the local business community in a most beneficial way.”

SUNY Orange’s two business clubs have already completed the paperwork to officially join the Orange County Chamber for one full year. Any student who is or becomes a member of either of the clubs automatically becomes a member of the Chamber. It is the Chamber’s intent to offer the student memberships to other colleges in the Hudson Valley, including Mount St. Mary College and SUNY New Paltz.

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Mike Albright
Communications Officer
115 South Street
Middletown, NY 10940