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Think Ahead

Think Ahead
Dutchess Community College
Think Ahead
53 Pendell Rd.
Poughkeepsie, NY 12601
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Program Contact Linda Bertolozzi
Phone (845) 431-8058
Website Program website

Join Dutchess Community College’s new Think Ahead program to develop job skills and life skills while enjoying a college experience! Classes will be held on DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus. You’re a good fit for this program if you are: A high school graduate, at least 18 years old and a Dutchess County resident Willing to engage in work experiences or audit credit-bearing classes, in addition to attending nine hours/week of Think Ahead classes Seeking skills to prepare for gainful employment Living at home, independently or in a certified setting Able to arrange transportation to DCC’s Poughkeepsie campus Able to cover basic expenses including: Books/supplies Optional commuter meal plan is available at extra cost

Program information submitted: February 24, 2021

Public or private: Public
Type of school: 2-year community college or junior college
Is this program a federally funded TPSID program? No
Students in this program: Have graduated or exited from high school
Number of students: 8
School district or agency partner: program open to Dutchess County residents only
Program serves students who have left high school? Yes, all of our students have left high school
Regular H.S. diploma required? No, an IEP/non-standard diploma/certificate of attendance is accepted
Deadline to apply to this program: May 15, 2021
Criteria for admission
  • Age range: At least 18 years of age
Accepts out-of-state students?: No
Please indicate which disabilities students in this program have:
  • Intellectual disability
  • Autism
Acceptance, Retention, and Completion Rates
Acceptance rate for the most recent fall term 68.00%
Retention rate for first year students from the previous academic year to the current one 90.00%
Notes on acceptance and attendance:

Retention rates of 100% prior to COVID-19 restrictions on in person meetings

Average student tuition and fees for the current school year $0.00
Average out-of-state tuition, current year $0.00
Room and board: $0.00
Program fees: $0.00
Additional costs: $0.00

Most supplies are provided by the college, however students should expect to provide their own meals or purchase them on campus. Personal electronic devices may be necessary for students to work from home in a remote learning environment although the college may be able to assist participants to borrow a laptop.

Is this program able to provide federal financial aid as a Comprehensive Transition Program (CTP)? Yes
Students pay for the program in the following ways:
  • Scholarships
  • Grant Funding
Students enrolled in this program take the following types of inclusive courses (with students who don't have disabilities) Typical college courses for audit
Students take courses that are only for students in this program: Yes
Are students in this program able to access support services through your IHE disability services office? Yes
Is the credential IHE-approved? Awarded by program, not officially recognized by the IHE
Percent of students in this program have paid work while attending the program: 26%
Other career development activities are:
  • Internships
  • Volunteer work
  • Community Service
Does this program have a working partnership with VR to provide funding, supports and/or services to students in the program? No
Housing is provided to students: No
Students participate in student organizations on campus: Yes