Dutchess Community College
Other name
TypePublic community college
Established1957; 67 years ago (1957)[1]
Parent institution
State University of New York
PresidentPeter Grant Jordan
Academic staff
127 full-time, 463 part-time (2015)[2]
Location, ,

41°43′30″N 73°54′15″W / 41.724901°N 73.904257°W / 41.724901; -73.904257
CampusSuburban, 130 acres (53 ha)
Colors   Blue & buff
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference
Taconic Hall

Dutchess Community College (SUNY 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, in Poughkeepsie Town,[5] covers 130 acres (53 ha). DCC also operates the Center for Excellence in Industry and Innovation in Fishkill, approximately 12 miles (19 km) south, in Fishkill and an aviation education center at the Hudson Valley Regional Airport in Wappingers Falls .[6]

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.[citation needed]

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.[7]


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.[6] 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.[7]

On 25 August 2012, Conklin Hall was opened, becoming the college's first, and as of 2023 only, on-campus residence hall.[8] At 132,000 square feet (12,300 m2; 1.23 ha), it can house up to 467 students in 98 suites.[9]


Since its founding in 1957, there have been six people who have held the title of President of Dutchess Community College. In addition, there has been one acting president. James F. Hall of Michigan was hired as the first president of the college in 1957.[10] Pamela Edington, when appointed in 2014, became the first woman to hold the position.[11] Her successor, Peter Jordan, became the first person of color to serve as president of DCC in August 2021.[12]

The presidents of the college include:[10]


Academic departments

The academic offerings of Dutchess Community College are organized into nine main departments:

Academic support services

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:[citation needed]

Main campus

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.[19]

The Center of Excellence for Industry and Innovation at Fishkill

In Fall 2021, Dutchess Community College opened a new satellite center called DCC@Fishkill, approximately 12 miles (19 km) south of the main campus, at the site of the former Dutchess Mall's Jamesway anchor store. The Fishkill facility has 20 multi-purpose classrooms, a versatile design, a fully equipped biology lab, and a networked computer classroom.[20] [21]

Located in the Fishkill campus is the Center of Excellence for Industry and Innovation, a mechatronics lab, with three rooms set up as a Mechanical lab, an Electrical/Automation lab and a Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning lab. The college offers hands-on learning needed to support installation, maintenance, repair, calibration and troubleshooting of systems including controls and machine-to-machine networks.

Previously, Dutchess Community College had a satellite branch in Wappingers Falls, called Dutchess South, which operated from at least the early 1990s until 2021. It closed upon the opening of the Fishkill location.

Student life

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.

Community involvement

The Bridge Program

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.[citation needed]

The Charles E. & Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship for Academic Excellence

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.[22] 43 students were awarded the Charles E. & Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship in 2016.[23]

Notable alumni

Notable faculty and staff


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