|Type||Public community college|
|State University of New York|
|President||Peter Grant Jordan|
|127 full-time, 463 part-time (2015)|
|Campus||Suburban, 130 acres (53 ha)|
|Colors||Blue & buff|
|National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference|
Dutchess Community College (SUNY Dutchess, Dutchess, or DCC) is a public community college in Dutchess County, New York. It is one of 30 community colleges within the State University of New York system (SUNY). The main campus covers 130 acres (53 ha). DCC also operates a satellite campus, called DCC @ Fishkill, approximately 12 miles (19 km) south, in Fishkill.
Over 60 academic programs are offered, the majority of which are geared toward associate degrees or certificates. In addition, the Office of Workforce Development and Continuing Education provides non-credit courses, High School Equivalency completion through preparation for the Test Assessing Secondary Completion (TASC) exam, ESL classes, and workforce training to residents of Dutchess County and beyond.
One-third of all Dutchess County college-bound high school graduates attend Dutchess Community College each year. The majority of alumni live and work in the Hudson Valley, and many have become civic and community leaders.
In 1957, the college was founded on the site of a former tuberculosis hospital, which is now Bowne Hall, the campus's main administrative building. In 2007, Dutchess Community College marked its 50th anniversary of operations. Since enrolling its first class in 1957, DCC has awarded degrees and certificates to over 30,000 graduates and has provided educational opportunities for many thousands of other students.
On 25 August 2012, Conklin Hall was opened, becoming the college's first (and to date only) on-campus residence hall. At 132,000 square feet (12,300 m2; 1.23 ha), it houses 467 students in 98 suites.
The academic offerings of Dutchess Community College are organized into nine main departments:
Dutchess Community College has a variety of academic support services available to its student body. These services range from tutoring to programs geared towards helping minority students succeed, and include:
Nearly all of DCC's eleven main campus buildings are situated on top of a large hill.
Conklin Hall, the Louis Greenspan Day Care Center, and Falcon Hall are the only three buildings not to be situated on top of the hill.
Dutchess Community College operates a satellite center called DCC @ Fishkill approximately 12 miles (19 km) south in Fishkill, which serves residents of the southern part of Dutchess County. Nearly 20% of Dutchess Community College students attended school here. DCC @ Fishkill has 20 multi-purpose classrooms, versatile design, a fully equipped biology lab, and a networked computer classroom. In August 2019, Dutchess Community College announced plans to move the former DCC South campus to the site of the former Dutchess Mall, in the former Jamesway building. The new campus is now open.
Dutchess Community College has a variety of departments and programs dedicated to engaging students and promoting success, all of which are operated by the Department of Student Services. The Department of Student Services has, under its operating umbrella, offices including Health Services, Student Activities, Intercollegiate Athletics, Admissions, and Counseling Services, including many others. Health Services operate the on-campus health center and offers minor medical treatment to DCC students free of charge. The Office of Intercollegiate Activities is responsible for operating and maintaining all sports teams on campus. Sports available for men include soccer, basketball, and baseball. Women's sports include volleyball, softball, basketball, and starting in the fall of 2017, soccer. The Office of Student Activities manages student trips, guest speaker lectures, family festivals, on-campus events, the Student Government Association (SGA) and all on-campus clubs.
Since the founding of DCC in 1957, six people have held the title of President of Dutchess Community College. Dr. James F. Hall of Michigan was hired as the first president of the college in 1957. Dr. Pamela Edington, when appointed in 2014, became the first woman to hold the position. She retired in July 2020. Her permanent replacement, Dr. Peter Jordan, became the first person of color to serve as president of DCC in August 2021.
The presidents of the college are listed below in chronological order:
In an effort to more effectively prepare students for college, as well as to draw more students to the college, DCC instituted the Bridge Program. This allows local high school students to take certain DCC classes on the campus. These classes are primarily entry-level English classes, but can range from government to calculus courses, depending on the proficiency of the student. While the majority of local high schools allow their students to travel to DCC for these classes, a few do not. One notable exception is Poughkeepsie High School, which only allows its students to take the college courses in the high school building itself. Teachers must be specially certified by both Poughkeepsie High School and by DCC in order for the classes to be counted as college credit.
Established in 2003, the Charles & Mabel Conklin Scholarship provides students with the full cost of tuition for four semesters at DCC. the scholarship is open to any graduating senior attending a high school in Dutchess County, provided that student places in the top 10% of their graduating class. Due to the high draw of this scholarship, Dutchess Community College attracts more top-10% students from Dutchess County than any other single college or university. 43 students were awarded the Charles E. & Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship in 2016.
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