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October 18, 2016 – Dutchess Community College has launched a new site at the Family Partnership Center in the City of Poughkeepsie, where the College’s Office of Community Services is offering English as a Second Language (ESL) and High School Equivalency (HSE) classes.
Over 100 community leaders attended an open house on Oct. 18 to celebrate the new resource.
The new site, DCC @ the Partnership, consolidates offerings previously scattered throughout the City of Poughkeepsie into one convenient location that is welcoming, vibrant and conducive to learning. The almost-7,800-square-foot space is open between 9 a.m. and 9 p.m. to accommodate students’ family and work commitments.
Currently 165 students, more than 100 of whom are new to the College’s ESL and HSE programs, are enrolled in offerings at the site. Ten classes, in ESL and English and Spanish HSE, currently are available – totaling 110 hours of instruction per week. The College’s Admissions office also will have a regular presence at the site, to assist students interested in transitioning to associate degree or certificate programs.
“Earning a post-secondary degree of course provides individuals with increased opportunities,” said Dr. Pamela Edington, DCC president. “In the City of Poughkeepsie, where the poverty rate is high and the high school graduation rate low, we must first eliminate existing barriers by making English as a Second Language and High School Equivalency programs convenient and accessible to those in need, from teenagers to adults.”
ESL and HSE courses have been offered at DCC, on its main campus and at other locations throughout the county, for decades. Over 2,000 students are served by those classes annually.
Those interested in the services offered at DCC @ the Partnership should call (845) 790-3590.