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August 13, 2019 – Responding to the need for enhanced access to higher education in the southernmost part of the county, Dutchess Community College will open a state-of-the-art satellite site in fall 2020, at the intersection of Route 9 and Interstate 84 in Fishkill. The new 47,000 sq. ft. facility will be located in the JW Mays building that once served as an anchor for the Dutchess Mall.
Demographic analysis conducted as part of the College’s 10-year academic and master planning process indicated that relocating DCC South from Myers Corners Road in Wappingers Falls to the heavily traveled Fishkill crossroads would better accommodate the needs of those who live and work in southern Dutchess and Putnam counties. The new facility also will be 25% larger than the current space, designed to foster teacher and learning innovation and offer ample parking.
DCC will occupy most of the top floor of the two-story building with 18 technologically advanced classrooms; biology, physical sciences and computer laboratories; library facilities; student services offices; study areas and a lounge. Courses currently available at the Wappingers Falls location, as well as new classes and programs that align with regional workforce development initiatives, will be offered.
The College has signed a 15-year lease with the father and son team Robert and Rob Hebron of Ingram & Hebron Realty for space in the building, which is owned by the JW Mays Corp. Another 150,000 square feet is available; it is anticipated that the presence of the College will transform the site, attracting retail, dining and other tenants interested in providing services to students, faculty and staff.
“Faculty, staff and I share with our board of trustees and county leaders a commitment to increase local access to public higher education,” said DCC President Pamela Edington. “The new facilities, academic offerings and convenient location in Fishkill will better serve those currently attending classes at our 30-year-old Wappingers site, while expanding opportunities for others previously unable to take advantage of a DCC education.”
JW Mays Corp. will configure the interior space to DCC specifications. Classes will begin in August 2020, with registration set to open in March.