Think Ahead

think ahead students

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

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.