College Growth, High School Outreach Highlighted at President's Breakfast

January 3, 2013 – Approximately 120 local business and community leaders, donors and friends gathered on Jan. 3 for the 20th Annual Dutchess Community College President’s Breakfast held on the College’s Poughkeepsie campus. The keynote address was given by New York State Supreme Court Justice Christine Sproat, a graduate of DCC’s Class of 1976.

DCC President Dr. D. David Conklin spoke about the College’s success despite challenging economic times, citing record enrollment and graduation numbers, as well as solid Foundation assets. He also discussed DCC’s ongoing work with local high schools to help ensure their graduates are prepared to successfully transition into college.
“In addition, we continue to offer college courses in high school for high-achieving juniors and seniors,” said Conklin. “The follow-up studies that we have conducted show the students completing these classes believe that they were better prepared for the rigors of college because they had completed one of our courses in high school.”
Other highlights of Conklin’s remarks included the DCC Foundation’s presentation of more than 150 scholarships to students at the May 2012 honors convocation and the College’s distinction of offering the lowest tuition in the state ($3,100 per year) for the 13th year in a row. In addition, it was announced that physician Dr. Amelia Martinko, class of 1966, will be inducted into the College’s Alumni Hall of Fame at the DCC Foundation’s Annual Gala on March 23.
Sproat, who continued from DCC to SUNY New Paltz for her bachelor’s and Master’s degrees, and then to Pace Law School, spoke about how her experience at DCC instilled a passion for higher education and led to a successful career.
“From my first day of class at DCC, I was so impressed by the teaching staff,” said Sproat. “I will never forget the professors who made such a difference in my education and my life.” Sproat also spoke of her tenure as a DCC board member and noted that her children also began their college careers at DCC.
The President’s Breakfast was sponsored by TD Bank and is hosted by the Dutchess Community College Foundation, which raises funds for student scholarships and academic 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.