In addition to providing an outstanding higher education, Dutchess Community College plays a major role in enhancing the quality of life in the mid-Hudson region through community engagement.
Dozens of events throughout the year are open to the public; most are free of charge. These include lectures, forums and symposiums, plays, dance performances, concerts, art gallery exhibits, athletic games and other offerings. For a complete listing, visit the Events calendar.
DCC is committed to being a good neighbor and collaborates with local partners to meet community needs. Faculty, staff and students serve on nonprofit boards, volunteer their time and expertise to various causes and support food and clothing drives that aid those in need.
Through the College’s robust Service Learning program, which enhances classroom teaching with field experience opportunities, students get real-world experience while helping local nonprofits meet community needs. In the last two years, more than 1,800 students in 131 classes led by 38 faculty members have provided over 16,000 hours of service to 45 local agencies that serve children, adults and families.
In addition, our non-credit offerings through the Office of Community Services & Special Programs provide professional job skills and workforce development opportunities that benefit local individuals and businesses, support regional economic growth and enhance quality of life in the region.