Bridges to Excellence (B2E) is an innovative, cutting-edge program that supports motivated
students from Dutchess County who, due to limited academic preparation, have not had
the same opportunity as others to achieve their academic potential. B2E is designed
to facilitate transfer to – and success at – Marist College, by working with qualifying
students throughout their two years at Dutchess Community College.
The goal of B2E is to provide motivated students the tools necessary to meet their
educational goals. Potential participants are identified through DCC’s placement test
as requiring additional preparation to handle college-level coursework. Successful
B2E participants will graduate from DCC in two years and from Marist College in another
two years – more than one year faster than the national average for today’s entering
college freshmen. B2E will save students time and money, and it will change their
DCC and Marist will work together to select participants for the program through a
review of applicants’ high school transcripts, DCC placement test scores, and an interview
process. Interested students should apply to DCC, take the DCC placement test, complete
the B2E application, and direct questions to DCC’s Academic, Career & Transfer Center.