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District, local colleges formalizing relationships to help students

Dutchess Community College

District officials are meeting with the leaders of all six local colleges - Marist, Vassar, SUNY New Paltz, Bard, Mt. St. Mary’s and Dutchess Community College - to strengthen existing relationships and further our collective impact of student success throughout the region.

“Our talks center around what can we do to make students ready for college and what they (colleges) can do,” Director of Special Projects Kristina Giangreco said. “They’ve all said they have wanted to do work with us for years.”

Superintendent Dr. Eric Jay Rosser, DCC Acting President Dr. Ellen Gambino and Giangreco met last week for the first time and discussed several ways DCC and the district could partner. This week, district officials met with counterparts at SUNY New Paltz and Mt. St. Mary College. One thing being discussed with all the colleges is resurrecting a previously established working group, Giangreco said.

Other discussion points that have emerged in the meetings have been:

  • Supporting PCSD’s April’s Youth Leadership Summit.
  • Providing opportunity for families, who will have first generation college attenders, tour college campuses and learn about the college going process through an experiential approach.
  • Collaborating on the construction of academic pathways to college and/or emerging industry and occupational fields for students as early as middle school.
  • Alumni outreach: Since many PCSD graduates attend local colleges PCSD is interested in working with higher education partners to reach out to alumni to ensure they are connected to the district.