President's Breakfast Highlights Importance of Quality, Accessible Education


January 7, 2010 – Approximately 200 Dutchess County business and community leaders, friends and donors gathered today for the 17th Annual Dutchess Community College President’s Breakfast held on the College’s Poughkeepsie campus.

DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin said the College’s 16% enrollment increase between fall 2008 and fall 2009 reflects not only the quality of education consistently offered by the College, but the value of that education to students and families, especially during challenging economic times.

“As a result of the recession, the residents of Dutchess County need access to quality, affordable higher education,” said Conklin. “DCC provides that opportunity to begin or continue a college education. We offer the courses and services our students need to change their lives.”

The keynote speaker for the event was attorney James Fedorchak of Towne, Ryan & Partners, PC, who attended DCC and served as a board member. Fedorchak spoke fondly of his tenure as a trustee, and of how his experience as a DCC student enriched his life. He also talked about the positive impact the College has on the entire county.

“Think for a minute about the landscape of Dutchess County,” said Fedorchak, “and how different it would be without Dutchess Community College and the vital services it provides.” 

The President’s Breakfast is hosted by the Dutchess Community College Foundation, which raises funds for student scholarships and faculty initiatives. The Foundation granted more than $300,000 in student scholarships last year.

For more information, call DCC Foundation Director Patricia Prunty at (845) 431-8402 .

Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college with more than 50 years of service to the residents of Dutchess County. Visit