DCC College-in-High-School Program Granted National Accreditation

August 3, 2011 – College Connection, the Dutchess Community College concurrent enrollment program that enables high school students to take college courses while simultaneously completing high school requirements, recently received accreditation from the National Alliance of Concurrent Enrollment Partnerships (NACEP). DCC’s program is the only one in the region – and one of just 66 nationwide – to earn this coveted accreditation.

More than 90 college-level sections are taught in Dutchess and Putnam county high schools by high school teachers who also are DCC adjunct instructors. Students earn high school and college credit simultaneously with no tuition costs. The DCC credits earned are accepted by most four-year colleges and universities and transfer seamlessly to SUNY schools.

More than 1,000 students a year participate in College Connection. Course offerings vary by high school, but include English, Math, Accounting, Business, Psychology, Science, Languages, Economics, Speech, Behavioral Science and Government.

“Both the NACEP accreditation and the fact that more high schools than ever are participating in College Connection, are testaments to the quality and tremendous opportunity provided by this highly regarded program,” said Dr. Carla Mazzarelli, DCC Associate Dean of Academic Affairs. “There are many advantages to getting a jump on college courses while still in high school.”

Students who participate in College Connection can enhance their college applications by demonstrating success in college courses, get a head start on freshman classes and potentially save thousands of dollars in tuition.

 The following high schools participate in DCC’s College Connection program: Arlington, Beacon, Carmel, Dover, FD Roosevelt, Haldane, John Jay, Mahopac, Millbrook, Our Lady of Lourdes, Poughkeepsie, Putnam Valley, Red Hook, Rhinebeck, Roy C. Ketcham, Spackenkill, Stissing Mountain and Webutuck High School.

College-ready high school juniors and seniors are eligible for College Connection. Principal or guidance counselor recommendation and fulfillment of course prerequisites, are required.

The 2011-2012 College Connection classes will begin in mid-September. Information is available from high school guidance offices.