Dutchess County places a priority on education.The county offers five highly regarded institutions of higher education – three which rank among Princeton Review’s “2017 Best Colleges” – and all which support a robust talent pipeline.
That talent pipeline is suited to meet today’s changing business needs. Each year, there are 25,000 total students enrolled in Dutchess County colleges and thousands stay upon graduation, including a large population of millennials – a local demographic expected to grow 21 percent by 2025.
Marist College: A Local Talent Pool for IBM, NBC, and HBO
As our partner sponsor in the Think Dutchess Innovation Challenge, Marist has significant influence in educating future IT and engineering professionals,
thanks the school’s CLOUD COMPUTING & ANALYTICS CENTER
. Partnering with IBM
for more than 30 years, the center provides Big Blue and other companies with an ample talent pool of highly-skilled recruits.
A popular private liberal arts college, MARIST COLLEGE
is also home to the MARIST POLL
, which utilizes up to 300 undergraduates each semester to conduct polls for the WSJ, NBC News, HBO Real Sports, and more.
Vassar College: The Birthplace of “Hamilton”
An influential private liberal arts college in Poughkeepsie, VASSAR COLLEGE
was home to the early development of Lin-Manuel Miranda’s Tony award-winning Broadway musical, HAMILTON
. Today, Vassar employs 1,100 people and has a wide range of academic offerings, like Chinese, Anthropology, Physics, and Economics.
Last year, Vassar opened the $125 million BRIDGE FOR LABORATORY SCIENCES
, which is an 82,000-square-foot integrated science commons for eight of the school’s prestigious science departments, including a robotics lab.
The school is also home to VASSAR FARM
, a 500-acre working farm and ecological preserve where students engage in research projects, providing training and resources for Dutchess’ competitive agri-business industry.
The Culinary Institute of America: Where Food Means Big Business
A premier culinary school, the 170-acre CULINARY INSTITUTE OF AMERICA at Hyde Park is where world-renowned chefs like Anthony Bourdain, “Cake Boss” Duff Goldman, and Roy Yamaguchi cut their teeth.
Today, CIA students have an average of six job offers upon graduating and go on to work at top restaurants and food companies, if not planning to start their own unique ventures. A partnership with 3D SYSTEMS
also allows students to explore the possibilities of 3-D printing, innovating the future of food worldwide.
Bard College: Arts and Culture Fit for the Bard Himself
Ranked the nation’s fourth most innovative national liberal arts college by US News & World Report, BARD COLLEGE
graduates nearly 2,000 alumni each year.
Known for arts and culture, Bard is home to the Frank Gehry-designed FISHER CENTER FOR THE PERFORMING ARTS
. During the summer, it produces two of the most ambitious and highly anticipated performing arts festivals in the country: SummerScape and the Bard Music Festival. The college is also a top Dutchess County employer, employing 1,800 people.
SUNY Dutchess: Providing Tech Skills to Today’s Workforce
Offering the lowest tuition of any college or university in New York, SUNY DUTCHESS
graduated 1,142 students this year, ranging from ages 18 to 68.
Their $2.6 million E-TECH
(Engineering, Technology, Early College High School) program prepares students for skilled tech jobs. The program enrolls 400 students and is an initiative between the City of Poughkeepsie School District, Central Hudson, and The Chazen Companies.
Employing 926 people, SUNY Dutchess is also an economic driver in Dutchess and taxpayer return is currently calculated at nine times its original investment.