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The faculty and staff at Dutchess regard student services as an integral part of the total college experience. A conscientious effort is made to know students as individuals and to serve them as such. The Department of Student Services includes the following offices: The Academic, Career and Transfer (ACT) Center, Admissions, Accommodative Services, Student Financial Services, Counseling Services, Health Services, Student Activities, Residential Life and Athletics. They are coordinated and directed by the Dean of Student Services and Enrollment Management.
Orientation for New Students
To acquaint new full-time and part-time students with the college’s educational philosophy and standards, the College expects them to participate in an orientation program prior to their first semester at Dutchess. Orientation each semester consists of a comprehensive program for full- and part-time students. A club fair is held early in the semester to encourage involvement in extracurricular activities.
The goals of orientation are:
• To acquaint new students with the College, its academic programs, facilities, resources, services, activities, policies and organizations.
• To assist them in taking full advantage of the opportunities offered by the College.
• To provide students with important information about issues and problems frequently encountered by college students as well as the resources and approaches for effective decision making.
The ACT Center provides holistic academic advisement for students including career and transfer planning. ACT coaches teach students the skills needed to choose a major and design an achievable academic plan. As students continue their studies at Dutchess, they can rely on ACT coaches to deliver academic and transfer programming that will expose them to a variety of occupational and scholastic opportunities. All students may utilize the ACT center. Students are urged to take the initiative in meeting early and regularly with their coach and to take full advantage of the advisement services that are available. It is the student’s responsibility to make certain that graduation requirements are met.
Transfer to Four-Year Colleges and Universities
Dutchess Community College graduates transfer to a variety of colleges and universities across the country, both public and private. Students planning to transfer should matriculate, in general, in an associate in arts (A.A.) or an associate in science (A.S.) degree program. These programs are designed as university-parallel programs and offer the student the greatest opportunity to transfer with junior status, with the expectation of completing the baccalaureate degree in an additional two years of full-time study.
The College has a number of articulation or transfer agreements, which facilitate the transfer of A.A. and A.S. graduates to four-year institutions. In addition, an opportunity to continue full-time study at a four-year state university or college is guaranteed to all New York residents who transfer directly from a SUNY two-year college with an A.A. or A.S. degree and who meet the SUNY application requirements. It should be noted, however, that this policy does not guarantee a student admission to the campus or program of his/her choice. Application fee is waived for graduates with an A.A. or A.S. degree for up to seven SUNY schools.
Students planning to seek immediate employment upon graduation usually matriculate in an associate in applied science (A.A.S.) degree program. Many A.A.S. graduates, however, transfer to senior institutions. Dutchess Community College has transfer agreements with some senior institutions that facilitate the transfer of students from career programs. In general, however, graduates of career programs should anticipate needing more than two years of full-time study to complete the baccalaureate degree. Students considering transfer are advised to attend a Transfer 101 Workshop and then consult with a transfer advisor in the ACT Center (Student Services Center, Room 301 (845) 431-8600). Students are encouraged to attend transfer fairs and transfer events held throughout the year.
DCC graduates have transferred to all SUNY colleges and universities, as well as to other fine institutions such as Bard College, Columbia University, Cornell University, Fordham University, Marist College, Mount Saint Mary College, New York University, Pace University, Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, Vassar College, Yale University, Tulane University, Smith College and many others.
Educational Opportunity Program
The Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) was established in 1968 by New York state to assist students who show promise of academic success at the college level but may have encountered both academic and financial disadvantages. EOP is designed to provide eligible students with the academic and financial means necessary to ensure success at the college level. To aid its students EOP provides tutoring, academic advisement, career planning, personal counseling, seminars and workshops throughout the year and financial support. Interested and eligible students should inquire as early as possible; program enrollment is limited. For more information contact the Educational Opportunity Program office at (845) 431-8037.
TRiO Student Support Services (SSS) is a federally funded Student Support Services program, sponsored by the U.S Department of Education. TRiO provides comprehensive academic and personal guidance to program students. TRiO staff works with students to assist them with overcoming obstacles in higher education, such as: limited income, first generation college status, academic need, and or learning differences. TRiO SSS provides a support network, leadership and mentoring opportunities, career exploration and transfer options. The TRiO staff encourages students to pursue their education regardless of socioeconomic, cultural or ethnic backgrounds. The office number is (845) 431-8509.
Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program
Dutchess Community College has provided a Collegiate Science and Technology Entry Program (CSTEP) since 1987. Funded by a grant from The New York State Department of Education, the purpose of CSTEP is to assist underrepresented minority or economically disadvantaged students in completing pre-professional or professional education leading to STEM or health-related careers or any field leading to professional licensure by New York state. The services provided to students include undergraduate research experience; summer internships; academic, career and transfer counseling; professional tutoring in areas of science, mathematics, nursing and other fields; special workshops; field trips to other colleges as well as educational activities. For further information about the program and its eligibility requirements, contact the CSTEP office at (845) 431-8089 or CSTEP@sunydutchess.edu.
Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program
The National Science Foundation provides DCC with grant funds to support the Louis Stokes Alliances for Minority Participation (LSAMP) Program. The program’s goal is to increase the quality and quantity of students successfully completing STEM-Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics associate degree programs and transferring to four-year colleges. LSAMP supports sustained and comprehensive approaches that facilitate achievement of the long-term goal of increasing the number of students who pursue higher education in STEM fields, particularly those from populations underrepresented in STEM fields. LSAMP provides local, national and international research opportunities, summer national and international internships, mentoring, STEM tutoring, developmental workshops, exposure to research conferences and tours to national laboratories. For further information about the program and its eligibility requirements, contact the office at (845) 431-8089.
Career planning is not a single event that occurs when you declare a major. It is a continuous process of managing work, family, education, and personal activities. This is why our services are available to students, alumni and community members. Our staff can help with everything from choosing a major that leads to the career you want, to conducting a job search to finding employment. For additional information or to schedule an appointment with a professional, call (845) 431-8600 or come to the Student Services Center, Room 305. Services also are available at DCC South, by appointment only.
Career Development Services
It is increasingly more common for the average worker to have multiple careers over their lifetime. With our assistance, you do not have to move into or transition out of one of those careers alone. During a career development session our staff will guide you to a greater understanding of your interests, values, aspirations, talents, personality, motivators and other personal characteristics and the role they play in your occupational choices. Career assessments are available to current students who may be uncertain as to the career path that is right for them.
Career Coaching Services
If you have an idea of what occupation you wish to pursue or you want to compare multiple occupations, we can assist. We’ll help inform your research using a variety of online tools, networking opportunities, informational interviews and industry experts. We’ll also show you where to find important labor market information including:
• Growth industries
• Demand occupations
• Average earnings
• Education requirements
You can find links to the online resources at: www.sunydutchess.edu/careerservices/
Job Search Services
Work with us to find your next full- or part-time job. Our staff will assist you with all stages of your job search including:
• Resume development/critiquing
• Cover letter development/critiquing
• Identifying your transferable skills
• Tips on how to answer common interview questions
• Interviewing practice
• Navigating the various job databases
Throughout the year we create opportunities for you to connect with and hear from our local and regional employers. Through our own events or in collaboration with our community partners you can join us at:
• Job fairs
• Company recruitments
• Industry forums
• Networking events
The Office of Accommodative Services is committed to providing equal access for all qualified individuals to its programs and educational opportunities. The purpose of laws for post-secondary Disability Services Offices is to eliminate barriers that would deny students with disabilities equal access, so that students with disabilities have the same access to programs and services as students without disabilities.
Academic adjustments are made, on an individual basis, to requirements for students who have disabilities that may affect their ability to fully participate in program or course activities, as well as nonacademic program or activity requirements such as clubs, residence life and athletics.
Academic adjustments may include, but are not limited to, testing or classroom modifications, changes to policies and practices in academic and student activities, and use of auxiliary aids or services. Faculty are not expected to alter their standards for evaluation or substantially alter an essential element of a course or program.
Accommodative Services staff members are available to work with students with physical, learning, psychological, medical or other disabilities to help them better understand the nature of their disability, develop self-advocacy skills and to determine appropriate access plans.
To receive academic adjustments, students must identify a disability that impacts their ability to access the academic environment, provide documentation of the disability (4 – 6 weeks prior to need for accommodations), and meet with OAS staff to develop and implement an appropriate plan for access. Accommodations do not automatically transfer from other institutions. Accommodations are not retroactive and are effective only after the student completes an intake with OAS and discloses their access plan to faculty/staff.
All specific information provided concerning a disability is confidential and is released only with the student’s consent. Students are advised to maintain a copy of their documentation for future use; files will be purged after seven years of inactivity.
A person with a disability is “any person who (1) has a physical or mental impairment that substantially limits one or more major life activities, (2) has a history of such an impairment, or (3) is regarded as having such an impairment. Substantial impairment means that an individual cannot perform the life activity at all, or that he or she is limited in the condition, manner or duration of the activity. Major life activities include, but are not limited to, walking, seeing, breathing, learning, working or performing manual tasks.”
Additional information is available at https://www.sunydutchess.edu/academics/accommodative/.
The Counseling Center provides campus-wide programs and services for students to enhance wellness, personal development and growth. Counseling services are available to students by appointment or by walk-in.
There are many challenges that people confront during their college years. Navigating
these conflicts is integral to succeeding. To help students succeed, the Counseling
Center offers confidential counseling provided by licensed professionals in the fields
of psychology, social work, and mental health counseling. Services provided include
individual counseling, group counseling, crisis counseling and psychiatric consultation
for medication. Students utilize these services to address a range of concerns including
(but not limited to):
• College adjustment
• Academic concerns
• Relationship problems
• Family concerns
• Alcohol/drug issues
• Eating/body image problems
• Sexual orientation and gender identity support
In addition to offering counseling, the Counseling Center provides other wellness-oriented services and educational programming including (but not limited to):
• Alcohol/Substance Abuse
• Anger Management Educational Sessions
• Ally Network (LGBTQ Support)
• Mentors in Violence Prevention –
peer sexual violence prevention program
• Green Dot – power-based violence prevention
• Red Watch Band – peer alcohol/substance
• Campus-Wide Wellness Fair
• Mental Health First Aid Training
• Depression and Anxiety Screening Days
• Mental Health First Aid Trainings
• NARCAN Training - opiate overdose
• Smoking Cessation
• Financial Literacy
• “Let’s Talk” Drop-in Support
• CARE Workshops (Coping And Reinforcing Effectiveness)
For additional information or to schedule an appointment with a professional, call (845) 431-8040 or come to the Student Services Center, Room 303. Services also are available at DCC South.