Dyersburg State Community College was founded in 1967 when the Tennessee legislative council received the Pierce Albright report, which stated that more institutions of higher learning needed to be made available for Tennesseans. Several years later, the university was built in West Tennessee to satisfy the report’s findings.
Now an accredited, reputable institution for higher learning, Dyersburg offers degrees from several disciplines, including arts and sciences, business and technology, and nursing and allied health.
- Some degrees that are offered in the school of arts and sciences are English, foreign languages and education.
- Some degree offerings in business and technology are accounting technology, networking and cyber security, and justice services.
- The Nursing and Allied Health offers a degree in nursing and in becoming an emergency medical technician.
In addition to associate degrees, the school offers numerous certificate programs.
Dyersburg offers an twenty-first century alternative to traditional learning — online learning. Students have two options for online learning, the first of which is having your online courses prepared by college staff.
With this first option, a student is able to meet personally with instructors, should a need arise. There are over 50 courses offered online using this option. The second option, referred to as the Regents Online Degree Program, offers hundreds of courses, all of which are provided by the Tennessee Board of Regents.
Some of the benefits of taking online courses are that students may tailor classes to meet individual needs and personalize their schedule. Classes are always available during the day, afternoon, or at night. It is totally up to the student as to when he or she chooses to attend class. Choosing to take online classes does require a certain amount of discipline and dedication. The amount of studying is the same, participation in online course rooms is required, and assignments will still need to be turned in on time.
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The admissions requirements at DSCC vary from person to person. The reasoning behind this is that every prospective student’s prior academic standing, degree program sought, scores on standardized tests, and point of entry (new student, transfer, student, returning student) is different.
- Graduating high school seniors will be required to submit their high school transcripts and test scores along with other required documents.
- If a prospective student is a GED recipient under the age of 21, official GED testing scores and ACT scores will be required. GED recipients over the age of 21 will be required to take the Computerized Placement Assessment and Support System test, also known as COMPASS.
- Transfer students must submit official transcripts from their high school that states their specific graduation date. Students must also submit transcripts from all colleges attended.
College can be expensive. Because of the cost factor, many students take advantage of financial aid programs to pay some or all of their tuition and fees. At Dyersburg, most students receive some sort of financial aid, whether it’s through a work-study, grants, scholarships, or loans. To determine the need for financial aid, the student must demonstrate need and a willingness to repay, when required.
Admitted students who need help bridging the gap between tuition and what their family can afford to pay must complete the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Questions about the financial aid process should be directed to the staff at the Office of Financial Aid.
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Dyersburg offers opportunities for its students to participate in intercollegiate athletic endeavors. There are both men’s and women’s athletic teams in sports such as basketball, baseball, and softball. Additionally, the school has a cheerleading squad that encourages and fosters school spirit. The college is a member of the Tennessee Community College Athletic Association, or TCCAA. Students who choose to participate must meet certain requirements as prescribed by the National Junior College Athletic Association.
The Dyersburg State CC Alumni Association serves an important role in the school and the surrounding community. The organization was created to service the alumni of the college and to form a strong foundation for the college by keeping former students linked to the school.
The Alumni Association keeps former students abreast of the progress of the institution, changes that are being made, contact information for other alumnus, and any other important information as it relates to the college. It takes nine semester hours to be eligible for membership in the Dyersburg Alumni Association. Some of the many benefits of membership include free entry into annual homecoming events, the ability to receive monthly newsletters, and the ability to keep in touch with classmates.
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The office of continuing education is an integral part of DSCC. This department serves to assist people who are interested in personal and professional development, personal enrichment, or for those interested in updating their personal and professional skills. Classes, workshops, courses, and evaluations are given to assist the student with his or her stated needs. Programs such as these are made known to the mass media to encourage college growth and stability.
Dyersburg’s Public Relations Department communicates the institution’s mission and values to the community. The department’s ongoing responsibility is to provide creative support to promote and enhance the identity of the college, to increase awareness of the programs and services offered, and to encourage growth through all media made available.
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