Dutchess Community College

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Dutchess Community College
Dutchess Community College (logo).jpg
Other name
TypePublic community college
Established1957; 64 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; -73.904257Coordinates: 41°43′30″N 73°54′15″W / 41.724901°N 73.904257°W / 41.724901; -73.904257
130 acres (53 ha)
ColorsBlue and buff   
Sporting affiliations
National Junior College Athletic Association, Region III, Mid-Hudson Athletic Conference
Dutchess Community College Falcons logo.gif
Taconic Hall.

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.[5]

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.[6]


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.[5] 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.[6]

On 25 August 2012, Conklin Hall was opened, becoming the college's first (and to date only) on-campus residence hall.[7] At 132,000 square feet (12,300 m2; 1.23 ha), it houses 467 students in 98 suites.[8]


Academic departments[edit]

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

  • Allied Health and Biological Sciences
  • Behavioral Sciences
  • Business, Aviation and Construction Professions
  • English and Humanities
  • History, Government, and Economics
  • Mathematics and Computer Sciences
  • Nursing
  • Performing, Visual Arts and Communications
  • Physical Sciences, Engineering and Technology

Academic support services[edit]

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]

  • The Math & Science Center
  • The Writing Center
  • Office of Accommodative Services (offering disability support)
  • Educational Opportunity Program (EOP)
  • The Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program[9] (CSTEP)

Main campus[edit]

Nearly all of DCC's eleven main campus buildings are situated on top of a large hill.[citation needed]

  • The Allyn J. Washington Center for Science & Art, which also contains the campus' only art gallery
  • Bowne Hall, which holds all the central administrative offices on the campus
  • Conklin Hall, the only on-campus residence hall, which also contains a secondary dining hall for the exclusive use of Conklin Hall residents
  • Center for Business & Industry, commonly referred to as CBI
  • Drumlin Hall, the main dining hall on campus
  • Dutchess Hall, which contains the only theater, the campus bookstore, as well as multiple student lounges
  • Falcon Hall, housing the campus gymnasium as well as a fitness center
  • Hudson Hall houses the only library on campus, as well as the campus Writing Center
  • Louis Greenspan Day Care Center
  • Orcutt Student Services Center
  • Taconic Hall

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.[citation needed]

DCC @ Fishkill[edit]

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.[10] DCC @ Fishkill has 20 multi-purpose classrooms, versatile design, a fully equipped biology lab, and a networked computer classroom.[citation needed] 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.[11] The new campus is now open.

Student life[edit]

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.

Presidents of Dutchess Community College[edit]

Since the founding of DCC in 1957, six people have held the title of President of Dutchess Community College. The first woman held the position in 2014. The first African American and person of color, Dr. Peter Jordan will begin on August 1, 2021. They are listed below in chronological order:[citation needed]

  • Dr. James Hall (1957-1972)
  • Dr. John Connolly (1972-1982)
  • Dr. Jerry A. Lee (1982-1992)
  • Dr. D. David Conklin (1992-2014)
  • Dr. Pamela R. Edington[12] (2014 – July 31, 2020)
  • Dr. Peter G. Jordan (August 1, 2021 - present)

Community involvement[edit]

The Bridge Program[edit]

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[edit]

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.[13] 43 students were awarded the Charles E. & Mabel E. Conklin Scholarship in 2016.[14]

Notable alumni[edit]


  1. ^ Memorandum of Understanding: Dutchess Community College and the State University of New York (PDF), January 2007, retrieved 1 January 2013
  2. ^ "Dutchess Community College". College Navigator. National Center for Educations Statistics, U.S. Department of Labor. 2015. Retrieved 29 January 2017.
  3. ^ https://www.suny.edu/about/fast-facts/
  4. ^ "Dutchess Community College Profile". Lawrenceville, New Jersey: Peterson's. Retrieved 1 January 2013.
  5. ^ a b Dutchess Community College Archival Images Gallery Archived 20 February 2015 at the Wayback Machine Before DCC: Samuel and Nettie Bowne Hospital. Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  6. ^ a b SUNY Community College 2008 Viewbook
  7. ^ 2011-2012 DCC President's Report Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  8. ^ Online Campus Tour - Conklin Hall Archived 21 June 2015 at the Wayback Machine Retrieved 2013-01-01.
  9. ^ mackey. "Dutchess Community College: CSTEP". www.sunydutchess.edu. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  10. ^ mackey. "Dutchess Community College: DCC South". www.sunydutchess.edu. Archived from the original on 1 July 2013. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  11. ^ Santistevan, Ryan. "Dutchess Community College to move south campus to Fishkill, Dutchess Mall site". Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved 6 October 2020.
  12. ^ Relations, Communications and Public. "Dutchess Community College: Dutchess Community College Names Next President". www.sunydutchess.edu. Archived from the original on 2 February 2017. Retrieved 20 January 2017.
  13. ^ "27 local students win Conklin scholarship". The Poughkeepsie Journal. Retrieved 21 January 2017.
  14. ^ "43 Earn DCC Foundation Scholarship ⋆ Hudson Valley News Network". Hudson Valley News Network. 11 October 2016. Retrieved 21 January 2017.

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