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William R. Steinhaus
Dutchess County Executive
(845) 486-2000

For Immediate Release

February 11, 1999


Steinhaus Authorizes Bonding for New Phase of College Project

Poughkeepsie, NY-Dutchess County Executive William R. Steinhaus authorized the bonding for the second phase of the Dutchess Community College (DCC) expansion. The $32,616,219 construction project was broken into two phases, with phase one totaling $14,800,000 and phase two totaling $17,816,219. Half of the project total will be funded by NYS and financed by the New York State Dormitory Authority and the other half will be paid for by the county. The county will issue a bond to cover its half of the expansion.

"It is our responsibility to ensure that Dutchess Community College is prepared for the new millennium," stated County Executive Steinhaus."   Demographic studies indicate a significant increase in the population of primary and secondary schools in the region, and also more nontraditional adult students are returning to school. Providing these individuals with a solid education is central to the economic health of the county."

The expansion is part of the college's Master Plan which was created in 1996. The projects relating to the college that make up the master plan include constructing a new building to house the Science and Arts departments, moving the library into Hudson Hall where the Science and Arts departments were located and turning the former library into a student service center.

The new Science and Arts building will be equipped with many updated amenities, and new health and safety features such as better ventilation for the laboratories. "We must make sure our college creates an atmosphere conducive to learning and one in which all the modern teaching methods can be implemented," Steinhaus stated. "It is imperative we prepare our children to be competitive in the 21st century."

The space previously occupied by the science and art departments will allow for a greatly expanded library. The Library will occupy the second and third floors in Hudson Hall and will also allow for a DCC learning center, equipped with technological amenities, and study areas and reading rooms.

DCC's President, Dr. David Conklin, expressed his appreciation for the bond authorization. "We are very pleased that the County Executive has authorized continued support for DCC's campus expansion. He and the Dutchess County Legislature are helping the college better serve the residents of Dutchess County."

"This is a small investment when you think about the dramatic impact that a good education has on the lives of those residents attending the college," said Steinhaus. "For those people, they will be enjoying a return on this investment for the rest of their lives in the form of better jobs, better income and a better standard of living."

The construction of the new building is scheduled for completion in the fall of 1999, moving the library and completing the Student Activities Center will be concluded by December 2001.



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