Skills-Enhancement Program Earns National Recognition

February 1, 2012 – Dutchess Community College’s SmartStart program has earned two awards from a national organization of student-affairs professionals. SmartStart is a four-week summer program of classes in mathematics, reading, writing and study skills for incoming freshmen who are academically underprepared in several essential skills areas.

Student Affairs Administrators in Higher Education (formerly the National Association of Student Personnel Administrators) recognized SmartStart with a Grand Award and Gold Award for Excellence in the category of Careers, Academic Support, Service Learning and Community Service. The Excellence Awards recognize the contributions of members who are “transforming higher education through outstanding programs, innovative services and effective administration,” according to the organization.

“The fact that so many of today’s high school graduates are underprepared for college is a national concern,” said Joseph Connell, Director of Academic Services and Testing at DCC. “These Excellence Awards are a testament to the effectiveness of our SmartStart program, the hard work being done at DCC to foster student success and our commitment to academic innovation.”

For more information, contact DCC’s office of Academic Services and Testing, at (845) 431-8090 .