Think Ahead

think ahead students

Recruitment for the 2021/2022 academic year has been completed, please check back next year for information regarding the 2022/2023 academic year.

An Exciting New Opportunity for Young Adults with Intellectual Disabilities! 

Join Dutchess Community College’s new Think Ahead program to develop job skills and life skills while enjoying a college experience! It is anticipated classes will be held on the Poughkeepsie campus, however remote participation may be required.

You’re a good fit for this program if you are:

  • A high school graduate, at least 18 years old and a Dutchess County resident

  • Willing to engage in work experiences or audit credit-bearing classes, in addition to attending nine hours/week of Think Ahead classes

  • Seeking skills to prepare for gainful employment

  • Living at home, independently or in a certified setting

  • Able to arrange transportation to DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus

  • Able to cover basic expenses including:

    • Books/supplies

    • Optional commuter meal plan is available at extra cost

In order to take advantage of the program you must:

1. Have OPWDD eligibility and be enrolled in the Home & Community Based Services Medicaid waiver.

2. Have an Individual Services Plan (ISP) that supports program course/goals.

Questions? Contact Linda Bertolozzi
(845) 431-8058

Note: If you anticipate a need for disability related accommodations to attend or participate, please call (845) 431-8058.