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Guest speakers share career options with young students

Sonographer Jessica Cruz
Sonographer Jessica Cruz reads to students during her presentation

About a dozen members of the community took time out of their work days to share what they do with Poughkeepsie City School District’s elementary school students last week.

On Tuesday and Thursday, students logged on to Zoom calls to learn about different careers they could pursue. .

Presenters also read an age-appropriate book about their career to students, copies of which will be in each school library in September as well as in PDF form for remote learners.

On Tuesday, City of Poughkeepsie Police Department detective Karen Zirbel had 315 log-ins to her session - the most of any presenter that day - an indicator, perhaps, that efforts to build a rapport between the police and students is working.

Fire Chief Mark Johnson was close with 261 log-ins.

But, some of the log-ins were from classrooms with multiple students, Director of Special Projects Kristina Giangreco pointed out.

Thursday’s presenters included a veterinary technician, Garnetta Santiago who had 198 log-ins; Yulia Ovchinnikova, an IT entrepreneur and founder of OpenHub with 118 and representatives from banking and finance, sonography, nursing and manufacturing fields.

The goal of the two-day event was to expose students to a variety of careers and encourage students to dream and explore their own interests and learn what steps to take.

Thank you to all the community members who participated, shared their knowledge and experience to inspire our students.