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Guided Pathways

Find Your Way

Welcome to Dutchess Community College! We're here to support your success and help you navigate your educational journey. Whether you know exactly what major or career you want to pursue or are undecided about what direction you want to take, Guided Pathways will be your trusty companion!

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Explore some or all of our pathways below. Which ones excite and interest you? Maybe there's one you just want to know more about. Each pathway contains information on related major, career and program options – you can even see what your future job prospects and salary might be!

Pick Your Pathway

Turn the wheels of the economy. Skills with numbers, people and patterns all make a difference to the bottom line. Hone your skills and advance your career.

  • Accountant
  • Bookkeeper
  • Entrepreneur
  • Finance Professional
  • Restaurant Manager
  • Human Resources Professional
  • Insurance Professional
  • Manager or Executive
  • Marketer
  • Event Planner
  • Paralegal
  • Real Estate Agent

Human potential is magnetic: The toddler throwing a leaf into the air to watch it fall, the young adult with shoulders thrown back and head high. Ignite and guide that potential in a career in education and the social sciences:

  • Child Care Provider
  • Human Services Professional
  • Librarian or Archivist
  • Psychologist or Therapist
  • Rehabilitation Counselor
  • School Counselor
  • School Principal
  • Social Worker
  • Teacher
  • Trainer or Consultant

Build what lasts—a career essential to the economy. Use your skilled mind and hands to create safe spaces and safe journeys for every human endeavor.

  • Aircraft Pilot
  • Architect
  • Aviation Technician
  • Building Contractor
  • Civil Engineer
  • Mechanical Engineer
  • Project Manager
  • Drafter
  • Drone Pilot
  • Energy Technician
  • HVAC Technician
  • Surveyor

Everything changes. Electrons come and go. Water falls over roots and rocks. A baby cries, then sleeps. A knee is torn and heals. Work at the center of everything, as it changes, in health care and the natural sciences.

  • Athletic Coach
  • Biologist
  • Chemist
  • Epidemiologist
  • Health Educator
  • Lab Technician
  • Mental Health Aide
  • Nurse
  • Nutritionist
  • Personal Trainer
  • Phlebotomist
  • Substance Abuse Counselor

We are a story still being written. Step back and watch the narrative unfold—or dive in, speak up, change the plot—or both at once. Study the humanities and write your own story in a wide range of fields.

  • Communications & Journalism
  • Consulting & Training
  • Education & Research
  • Law, Government & Politics
  • Libraries
  • Nonprofits

The logic of getting from point A to point Z, the satisfying click when you resolve the last step—follow your reason into a career that connects the known with the new.

  • Actuary
  • Cybersecurity Analyst
  • Data Scientist
  • Database Architect
  • Game Designer
  • Software Developer
  • Info Research Scientist
  • IT Support Specialist
  • Math Teacher
  • Network Administrator
  • Statistician
  • Web Developer

Every artist is a magician—pulling something out of what looks like nothing. That moment of mystery comes from hours of study, practice and even science. Apprentice yourself to the arts and gain skills that work wonders in many fields.

  • Actor
  • Arts Administrator
  • Filmmaker
  • Film Producer
  • Graphic Designer
  • Journalist
  • Motion Graphics Artist
  • Musician
  • Photographer
  • Publicist
  • Screenwriter
  • Studio Artist
  • Videographer

Be the calm at the center of the storm—the steady voice, the skilled hands, the clear vision. Turn your quick wits and love of community into a career of protection and service:

  • Corrections Officer
  • EMT or Paramedic
  • Gambling Surveillance Officer
  • Loss Prevention Specialist
  • Police Officer
  • Private Investigator
  • Probation or Parole Officer
  • Security Guard

You're already in the right place. Uncertainty is a sign you are thinking carefully about where you want to go – this is actually a good thing! We'll work with you to map your path.

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    Office of Admissions

    101 Orcutt Student Services Center
    Mon. - Fri., 8 a.m.-5 p.m.

    Phone: (845) 431-8010

    53 Pendell Road
    Poughkeepsie, NY 12601