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DCC's Office of Community Services and Special Programs serves thousands of individuals each year through a variety of non-credit classes in areas including career preparation, workforce and professional development, group and private music instruction and youth programs. High school equivalency and English as a Second Language classes are offered at the Family Partnership Center in Poughkeepsie and throughout Dutchess County.
Those interested in preparing for a new career should explore vocational offerings (including Security Guard, Pharmacy Technician, CNA, Paramedic and Medical Billing and Coding), which typically can be completed in weeks or months. Many programs offer certifications upon completion. Tuition for non-credit classes varies by course type.
The Office also provides customized workforce training to local business and industry, government and the nonprofit sectors and partners with Dutchess County on economic development initiatives, including START-UP NY.