Career Academy 2011

             The Liberty Partnerships Program of Marist College (LPP) offered its annual Career Fair on May 5, 2011 at the College. Its goal was to help young people make decisions about their career path and understand the importance of post-secondary education. The event consistently earns high ratings from students.

            During the Career Fair, students chose to meet with professionals based on their career interests. Most of the presenters were staff members at Marist College. The following careers were represented: Law, technology, education, medical laboratory sciences, trades, criminal justice, culinary arts, technology, college admissions representative, forensic nursing, hospitality, sports medicine, and licensed health professions including forensic nursing and mental health counseling. In addition to attending the Career Fair, students completed an online career search and attend workshops in resume writing, and interviewing skills.

            LPP is funded through the New York State Education Department and Marist has sponsored the program since 1990. The goal of the program is to provide services aimed at increasing their motivation to graduate from high school and enter college or the workforce. Principals, teachers and parents refer students to the program. LPP provides after-school sessions, mentoring, tutoring, counseling, college tours, mentoring, cultural enrichment, and field trips through partnerships with the schools and community entities. This year LPP is serving over 200 students in grades 8 through 12 at five schools in Kingston and Poughkeepsie.