Academic Support Services at DCC

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, AS&T provides programs and services designed to help students prepare, enhance and achieve in their college courses. Three key components of the Office of Academic Services and Testing are placement testing services, tutorial services in the Student Academic Success Center and academic support programs and workshops designed to prepare students for success in college. 

The Student Academic Success Center (SASC) plays 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. Peer study groups are available for targeted courses at the request of faculty members or students. One-on-one learning assistance is offered to help students learn more effectively to appropriately approach course materials and develop learning strategies to adapt to college-level learning expectations. At DCC South, students will find these services replicated to meet their needs.

Academic Services’ college readiness programs provide access to higher education to students who will benefit from additional preparation for college-level course work.

SmartStart is a four-week, intensive summer program designed to ensure a seamless transition from high school or work life to college. It is intended for full-time, first semester students who need support to further develop their writing skills. SmartStart is FREE, fun, rewarding, nationally recognized for excellence and provides students the opportunity to advance English course placement from ENG 091 to ENG 101. The SmartStart program benefits students by: enhancing their writing skills in a supportive environment, developing college-level study strategies, familiarizing them with campus life and college resources and fostering critical thinking skills. At the conclusion of the program, students take a final exam to assess their writing skills to determine changes in their English course placement, with the goal of moving into ENG 101. Ongoing support services, such as learning assistance, tutoring in the Academic Success Center, peer mentoring and enrichment activities, are available to students beyond the summer program. Students do not pay any fees for this valuable program and all textbooks and supplies are included.

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 Fee: $20

For further information, please contact the Office of Academic Services and Testing at (845) 431-8090.

DCC Help Desk

The DCC Help Desk provides a single point of contact for campus technology support. Please contact the Help Desk for any and all technology related issues. The DCC Help Desk is located in CBI 130. The web portal and hours of operation can be found in the Student Tab of myDCC. Call (845) 431-8000 (say Help Desk at the prompt)


MyDCC is the college web portal. It provides online access to library databases, campus e-mail, 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, in Washington Center rooms 224 and 226, 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 one-on-one with a peer or professional tutor, as well as a room of fully networked computers with two printers and a scanner.

No appointment is needed to use the Center. Students may drop in when it’s convenient, and work on their own or ask one of the many available tutors for help. Tutors can help with math, physics, chemistry or computer science courses. The role of tutors is to guide students through the process of problem solving and to explain the concepts and techniques with which the student is having difficulty.

The computers in the Math & Science Center are equipped with the necessary tools for students working on math and science assignments and projects, including interactive computer tutorials for some classes. 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, visit www.sunydutchess.edu/mathcenter, or call (845) 431-8538.

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 provide 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, 7 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 online at my.sunydutchess.edu 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.

Online Tutoring

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 available 24/7.

The Dr. Mary Louis Van Winkle Teaching Learning Center

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 Dr. Mary Louise Van Winkle Teaching Learning Center is located on the lower level of the Francis U. and Mary F. Ritz Library in Hudson Hall.