Poughkeepsie... Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus has authorized a variety of improvements at Dutchess Community College (DCC). The $985,208 county bond will provide funding for reconstruction of roads and parking lots, implementation of the Banner software program, and allow the College to conduct an updated Master Plan Study.
County Executive Steinhaus said, “Thanks to our county’s solid financial positioning, we have created the ability to continue our commitment to provide students who attend Dutchess Community College with top quality facilities on a beautiful campus. I have made educating our residents a top priority and that is why the county has helped with $50 million of improvements for DCC facilities over the past decade. With almost 40% of Dutchess high school graduates attending DCC, I know this is a wise investment in our county’s future.”
The bond will provide $125,000 to conduct a new Master Plan Study. The last Master Plan Study was done in 2002. New York State requires a new study to be completed every 5 years to evaluate the needs and programs of the College.
$300,000 will be directed toward the improvements and reconstruction of roads and parking lots. The improvements will focus on the campus’s Parking lot B and the Taconic Access Road.
The College began converting to a new integrated software system for the campus in 2005. The bond will provide $560,208 to finish the implementation of the Banner software system. Banner is complete administrative system designed to standardize all of the administrative systems for SUNY campuses. The Banner system will provide the college one central database that will provide functionality for finance, human resources/payroll, student records, registration, student accounts, financial aid and alumni administration.
Dutchess County’s 2007 Capital Program currently authorizes nearly $1.7 million for improvements at DCC. The more than $730,000 remaining is earmarked for renovations at the DCC South campus in Wappinger and for design work for expansion and renovations to Taconic Hall on the main campus in Poughkeepsie.
County Executive Steinhaus concluded, “Dutchess Community College is one of county government’s most valuable jewels. Investing in DCC is investing in the education of our workforce, and helps ensure our business base remains competitive.”
Steinhaus is himself a 1969 graduate of the college and he also serves as President of the Community College Foundation. This year DCC celebrates its 50th anniversary.