Through its Office of Community Services and Special Programs, the College offers a large variety of non-credit courses designed to meet the needs of civic, cultural, business and professional groups and the community at large. For the adult student interested in exploring new technical areas, non-credit courses offer an attractive alternative. The non-credit environment makes it possible for people to continue to learn in an informal and noncompetitive environment where interest in learning is the only consideration. Tuition for non-credit courses varies by course type.
The majority of the courses are vocational in nature, offering the opportunity for professionals in a variety of fields to obtain the continuing education necessary to maintain needed skills, develop new skills or qualify for recertification of professional licenses. Other courses are avocational in nature, offering an opportunity to individuals to develop ways of using leisure time creatively.
A variety of contract training programs is offered for business and industry, government, and non-profit organizations. These programs are customized to meet the needs of the business community, to upgrade the workforce, and to prepare for new business opportunities in a changing economy. Details can be obtained from the Office of Community Services, at (845) 431-8906.
Community Services offers a series of courses (both on and off campus) to prepare students for the High School Equivalency (HSE), and to improve English language skills for English as a Second Language (ESL) learners. Basic skills and college preparatory classes also are available.
The Music School at DCC offers music lessons and classes for all ages from infants to seniors.
Non-Credit Tuition Refund Policy
Refunds for withdrawal from non-credit courses will be given if requested prior to the end of the business day preceding the day the course starts. If a refund request is approved for a course, a $10 processing fee will be deducted from the refund.
Refunds for withdrawal from summer enrichment programs, institutes, or sports academies will be given if requested prior to the end of the business day preceding the first day of the program. If a refund is approved, a $20 processing fee per section will be assessed. No refunds will be given after the business day preceding the first day of the program. Exceptions may be made for extenuating circumstances by the dean of community services and special programs. Full refunds are given for all programs that are canceled by the College.
Senior Citizen Tuition Policy
Individuals 65 or older may register for a non-credit course for half of the published tuition. A picture ID with birth date must be presented to the Office of Community Services at the time of first registration.