The faculty and staff at Dutchess regard student services as an integral part of the total college experience. A conscientious effort is made to know students as individuals and to serve them as such. The Department of Student Services includes the following offices: admissions, registrar, counseling and career services, accommodative services, financial aid, health services, student activities, residential life and athletics. They are coordinated and directed by the dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management.
Academic Advisement and Orientation
Each full time student is assigned an advisor who assists in the selection of courses and meeting curriculum requirements. Advisement for part-time students is provided day and evening at the Academic Advising Center adjacent to the Registrar. All students may utilize the advisement center. Students are urged to take the initiative in meeting early and regularly with their advisors and to take full advantage of the advisement services that are available. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that graduation requirements are met.
Orientation For New Students
To acquaint new full-time and part-time students with its educational philosophy, and standards, the College requires them to participate in an orientation program prior to their first semester at Dutchess. Orientation each semester consists of a comprehensive program for full- and part-time students in the week prior to the start of classes. A club fair is held early in the semester to encourage involvement in extracurricular activities.
The goals of orientation are:
• To acquaint new students with the College, its academic programs, facilities, resources, services, activities, policies, and organizations.
• To assist them in taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the College.
• To provide students with important information about issues and problems frequently encountered by college students as well as the resources and approaches for effective decision making.
A Fall Parents Night is an additional component of the Freshman Orientation Program. Parents have the opportunity to find out what programs, services and academic options are available to their sons and daughters.
Counseling and Career Services
The Office of Counseling and Career Services (C&CS) provides campus-wide programs and services for students to enhance wellness, support personal and career development, and aid students in transferring after graduation. Counseling services are available to students by appointment, or during walk-in hours. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with a professional in C&CS, call (845) 431-8040 or come to the Student Services Center, Room 301. Services are also available at DCC South.
Career planning helps students identify and implement educational and career goals. Meeting with a career professional at C&CS can help you to:
• Learn About Yourself – this includes learning about your values, interests and abilities in order to determine a career path that you will find most satisfying.
• Identify Potential Careers – research and explore potential careers to find the right fit for you.
• Pursue Education and Experience – find the right educational path and gain valuable experience in order to reach your career goals.
• Pursue Employment – learn about job search skills, networking, resume critiques, mock interviews, and view job postings in myDCC under Counseling and Career Services in the Student Life Tab.
At C&CS you also can explore Focus2, which is a computer-based career planning program. C&CS also organizes on- campus job fairs and other career-related events. To speak with a career professional, call (845) 431-8040 or stop by Student Services Center, Room 301.
Personal or Psychological Counseling
College is a time of great personal development and growth. There are many challenges that people confront during their college years. Successfully navigating these conflicts are an integral part of growth and development at college. To help students succeed, C&CS offers confidential counseling provided by licensed professionals in the fields of psychology, social work, and mental health counseling. Services provided include individual counseling, group counseling, crisis counseling, alcohol/drug abuse education workshops and psychiatric counseling. Students utilize these services to address a range of concerns including (but not limited to): college adjustment, stress/anxiety, depression, relationship problems, family concerns, alcohol/drug issues, eating/body image problems, grief/loss, sexual orientation, gender identity or trauma. To speak with a counselor, call (845) 431-8040 or stop by Student Services, Room 301.
In addition to offering counseling, C&CS provides other wellness-oriented services including a yearly campus-wide wellness fair, workshops on a range of mental health issues, and a Mentors in Violence Prevention Program.
Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Dutchess Community College graduates transfer to a variety of colleges and universities across the country, both public and private. Students planning to transfer should matriculate, in general, in an associate in arts (A.A.) or an associate in science (A.S.) degree program. These programs are designed as university-parallel programs and offer the student the greatest opportunity to transfer with junior status, with the expectation of completing the baccalaureate degree and an additional two years of full-time study.
The College has a number of articulation or transfer agreements, which facilitate the transfer of A.A. and A.S. graduates to four-year institutions. In addition, an opportunity to continue full-time study at a four-year state university or college is guaranteed to all New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY two-year college with an A.A. or A.S. degree and who meet the SUNY application requirements. It should be noted, however, that this policy does not guarantee a student admission to the campus or program of his/her choice.
Students planning to seek immediate employment upon graduation usually matriculate in an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree program. Many A.A.S. graduates, however, transfer to senior institutions. Dutchess Community College has transfer agreements with some senior institutions that facilitate the transfer of students from career programs. In general, however, graduates of career programs should anticipate needing more than two years of full-time study to complete the baccalaureate degree. Students considering transfer are advised to attend a Transfer 101 Workshop and then to consult with a transfer advisor in Counseling and Career Services (Orcutt Student Services Center, Room 301 (845) 431-8040. Students are encouraged to attend transfer fairs and transfer events held throughout the year.
DCC graduates have transferred to all SUNY colleges and universities, as well as to other fine institutions such as Bard College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, New York University, Pace University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vassar College, Yale University, Tulane University, Smith College and many others.
The Office of Accommodative Services provides support services for students with learning, emotional, mobility, sensory and health-related disabilities. The Office authorizes appropriate accommodations services based on the student’s self-identified impact of the disability in the academic setting. Supports range from classroom and testing accommodations to tutoring, assistive technology training to general academic advising.
Students who have a disability or condition that they believe will impact their experience are encouraged to disclose with the Office of Accommodative Services; documentation is required. Once documentation is received, the student will follow up with a formal intake appointment at which accommodations and services are arranged.
The campus buildings are all physically accessible with walkways clearly marked. There are medical and disabled parking spaces available throughout the campus. A state- issued disabled parking hangtag is required to park in the designated spaces.
For further information concerning services for students with disabilities, contact the Office of Accommodative Services located in Orcutt Student Services Center, Room 303, (845) 431-8055.