Academic Services and Testing
The mission of the Office of Academic Services and Testing (AS&T) is “to support students
in pursuit of their academic goals by providing programs and services that enable
students to realize their individual potential.” Located in Hudson Hall, Room 315,
and also at DCC @ Fishkill, AS&T provides programs and services designed to help students
prepare, enhance and achieve in their college courses. The three key functions of
the office are tutorial services; academic support services, which include learning
assistance, study strategies workshops, skill development programs, and testing services
offered through the Testing Centers in Student Services Center, Room 104 and at DCC
Tutorial Services in the Student Academic Success Centers: The Student Academic Success Centers play a central role in tutorial support at DCC.
The tutoring program is staffed by peer and professional tutors. Tutoring is free
for all currently enrolled students. Individual and drop-in sessions are available
according to student need or preference. Study rooms and computers also are available
for students. Open “Let’s Talk” sessions, with professional tutors, are available
for targeted courses and allow students to drop in and review course content, assignments,
or just ask questions about the material. At DCC @ Fishkill, students will find these
services replicated to meet their needs. To learn more visit www.sunydutchess.edu/tutoring.
Academic Support Services: One-on-one learning assistance is offered to help students learn more effectively
on how to appropriately approach course materials and develop learning strategies
to adapt to college-level learning expectations. Study strategies workshops designed
to prepare students for success in college also are offered. Skills such as time-management,
note-taking, test-taking, and memory and study strategies are taught through both
one-on-one appointments or group sessions. Academic Services’ skill development programs
provide access to higher education to students who will benefit from additional preparation
for college-level course work.
Reclaim My Math provides a review of math skills for all levels from arithmetic to calculus, including
beginning and intermediate algebra. This individualized program is designed to increase
math confidence, using MyMathTest,™ an internet-based program. Independent skill development
is reinforced with faculty-led instruction and tutoring coordinated by the Office
of Academic Services and Testing at DCC. Participants can choose from the listed class
meeting times, attending a minimum of two hours per week. Sections are offered throughout
the year. Program Fee: $20.
Refresh offers options for review of writing, reading and/or math at all skill levels, utilizing
ComFit Online Learning Center, an internet-based program. Based on assessments, customized
learning modules are developed to ensure appropriate skill development. Enrollment
is ongoing with access for a six-week period. Students gain access by contacting the
Office of Academic Services & Testing to arrange for an introductory session. Program
Testing Services: The Testing Centers in the Student Services Center, Room 104 and at DCC @ Fishkill
provide proctoring services for DCC students. Test proctoring services include: testing
accommodations and make-up tests, placement testing, proficiency and CLEP testing,
high stakes certification testing and proctoring for students from other colleges
taking online courses. Proctoring fees do apply for some exams; please see the College’s
fee schedule page for more information. Appointments are required and can be made
through the Testing Center’s webpage at www.sunydutchess.edu/testing. For further
information, please contact the Office of Academic Services and Testing at (845) 431-8090.
DCC Help Desk: Learn more about the DCC Help Desk here.
MyDCC is the college web portal. It provides online access to library databases, campus
email, student grades and student schedules. Online registration and online learning
systems also are accessible through myDCC. MyDCC is the place to find out about activities
on campus, important dates and class cancellations.
The Math & Science Center
The Math & Science Center is a place for students to work on math or science related
homework and projects. There are tables for students to work in groups, on their own,
or with a tutor. There are also many fully networked computers with a printer and
scanner. The Center offers walk-in tutoring from both peer and professional tutors
in biology, chemistry, computer information systems, computer science, mathematics,
and physics. In addition, online tutoring for math and one-on-one appointments for
math below the 200 level are offered.
There are two levels to the Center. Level 1 is in Washington 126. While anyone may
use the computer center in Level 1, tutoring is available on this level in all CIS
courses and math courses below the 200 level. Level 2 is in Washington 224 & 226.
Level 2 also offers a computer center and tutoring in all subjects is available at
Textbooks and calculators are available for use while in the Center, and a limited
supply of calculators may be taken out for quizzes and tests. For more information,
call (845) 431-8538 or visit our website at www.sunydutchess.edu/mathcenter.
The Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library
The DCC Library is a vital educational resources center for the College community.
Located on the 3rd floor of Hudson Hall, the Library contains a diverse collection
of books, media, computers and electronic resources. Our multiple databases contain
academic journals, electronic books, streaming media, newspapers, as well as magazines
and cover general subject areas as well as specialized ones. All electronic resources
are available on campus and off campus as long as an internet connection is present.
DCC’s knowledgeable reference staff provides assistance locating, analyzing and applying
information. Students and faculty have reciprocal access to other SUNY libraries through
the SUNY Open Access program. Interlibrary loan allows our campus community to borrow
from other libraries, especially if a title is unavailable through our purchase on-demand
e-reader program. The library also offers general and customized information literacy
presentations at faculty request.
The Ritz Library creates online research guides to support the curriculum at DCC.
These guides help students to choose appropriate resources within a particular class
or discipline, and are easily translatable into multiple languages. Downloadable mobile
library applications exist so that students may continue to explore academic resources
while on the go.
Students have access to the Library’s AskUs24/7 chat service, 24 hours a day, seven
days a week which allows them to connect with an academic librarian and ask for assistance.
For further information on library services, please call (845) 431-8630 or check myDCC
and click on the library link.
The Writing Center
Located in Hudson Hall, Room 503, the College Writing Center is home to tutoring services
and a full computer lab. The Center offers a friendly, informal atmosphere where students
work one-on-one with professional and peer tutors on any writing assignment or task.
Students visit during various stages of their writing process to clarify assignments,
brainstorm, outline, review rough drafts, plan revisions, or consider final editing.
In addition, the Center provides a resource library of reference books and handouts,
files of sample student essays from various courses, a space for readings and other
special events like “Write All Night,” and a quiet place to write. Online tutoring
is available through the Writing Center’s website. Throughout the semester, the Writing
Center conducts workshops for students on various topics, such as writing scholarship
and college application essays, writing research papers and MLA/APA formatting guidelines,
and using applications and technology aids to support collaborative projects and peer
review. Also, the Center’s professionals assist College educators with their writing
assignments and classroom writing activities.
The Center’s computer lab offers computers, printers, a scanner, a variety of word
processing programs, course‑related software, and Internet access for research purposes.
A teaching lab assistant and student aides orient students to computer operations
and demonstrate programs for word processing, spreadsheets and computer‑based research.
For more information about the Writing Center, visit www.sunydutchess.edu/writingcenter
or call (845) 431-8095.
On myDCC/Blackboard you’ll find NetTutor, a free online service that connects students
to professional tutors in a variety of subjects, including writing, world languages,
economics and more. Tutors are available evenings and weekends, with select subjects
Dr. Mary Louise Van Winkle Professional Staff Teaching Learning Center (TLC)
The TLC serves to promote active teaching and learning by making current instructional
technologies available and accessible to the faculty and professional staff at Dutchess
Community College. The TLC provides a resource and support center where faculty and
professional staff can obtain technical assistance and training on the use of various
technologies that can enhance, augment, organize and manage online and on-campus course
content. Training and materials to support faculty use of administrative educational
software also is provided. The TLC is on the lower level of the Francis U. and Mary
F. Ritz Library in Hudson Hall.