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County Program Teaches Dutchess 17-19 Year-Olds Computer, Financial Skills

Students in the Youth Financial Literacy & Computer Training Program are congratulated by County Executive Marc Molinaro.
Students in the Youth Financial Literacy & Computer Training Program are congratulated by County Executive Marc Molinaro. Photo Credit: Dutchess County Government

DUTCHESS COUNTY, N.Y. -- A group of young people who recently completed training in finance and computers through the Dutchess County Department of Community and Family Services were congratulated by County Executive Marc Molinaro.

Seventeen students attended the Youth Financial Literacy & Computer Training Program, a two-day session that focused on budgeting and computer programs.

The department partnered with three local agencies – Dutchess BOCES, TEG Federal Credit Union, and the Dutchess County Workforce Investment Board – to coordinate the training.

“Dutchess County is proud of these students’ accomplishments so far, and we look forward to their success in the future," said Molinaro.

Coupled with the support they’ve received from Dutchess County, the skills the students learned during the program are key components in helping them reach their goals, he added.

Between the ages of 17 and 19, all of the participants came from families who receive public assistance or foster care services from the county. At the successful completion of the program, each received a laptop computer and printer.

Now in its 10th year, the computer training program has served more than 225 youths. Five of the six foster care youth enrolled in the last class have now successfully moved on to independence, no longer requiring assistance through DCFS, or have begun attending college classes. Ninety-six percent of youth participating in the program from 2011 to 2015 are no longer on temporary assistance.

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