DCC to Host College Transition Program for Students with Disabilities

March 5, 2010 – Recognizing that it can be difficult for students with disabilities to make the move from high school to college, Dutchess Community College has joined with others to put together a program to help ease the transition. The free program will be held March 17 from 8:30 a.m. – 12:15 p.m.

Transition to College for Students with Disabilities is a workshop for high school students with IEP/504 plans, their families, guidance counselors, school psychologists, special education teachers, transition coordinators, adult agency staff and others involved in the college process.

Students with disabilities who are pursuing higher education can increase their chance of success by accessing the appropriate support services in college. The Transition program will provide information about what these services are, and how to utilize them.

Sessions will cover the differences between high school and college, and feature students who have overcome various challenges to be successful in college and beyond. Financial aid and academic readiness will also be discussed, and representatives from local colleges such as Marist, The Culinary Institute of America and others will be on hand.

The program will be held in the James and Betty Hall Theatre in Dutchess Hall on DCC’s main campus in Poughkeepsie. The program is free, but pre-registration by March 12 is necessary. For more information, or to register, contact Freya Bomba at (845) 486-4860 , ext. 1101 or Fbomba@acsdny.org.

Transition to College for Students with Disabilities is sponsored by DCC and the Dutchess Transition Network with funding from Dutchess Community College.

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Founded in 1957, Dutchess Community College is a two-year community college that has earned a reputation for providing an outstanding education at the lowest tuition in New York state. Its main campus is in Poughkeepsie, with a satellite campus in Wappingers Falls. For more information, visit www.sunydutchess.edu.