In 1957, the Pierce-Albright Report, a study ordered by the State Legislature, was made to the Tennessee Legislative Council. It recognized the increasing need for easy availability of education throughout an individual’s lifetime. Plans were developed for a network of community colleges in the state that would place an institution of higher education within 50 miles of each person living in Tennessee.
On June 13, 1967, the State Board of Education selected Dyersburg for location of the second community college in West Tennessee. A portion of Okeena Park was chosen as the site, and ground breaking ceremonies were conducted on May 29, 1968. Dr. E. B. Eller, educator and former assistant commissioner of instruction in the State Department of Education, was selected as the first president. In February 1969, temporary offices were opened in a small frame building in the east portion of the campus. A classroom building was completed by the fall of 1969, and the other buildings on the Dyersburg campus were ready by the end of the year. The first class graduated in June, 1971.
On Jan. 28, 1994, the Tennessee Higher Education Commission, upon the recommendation of the Tennessee Board of Regents, approved the establishment of an educational center in Gibson County and the extension of Associate of Science and Associate of Applied Science degree programs to that center. The Gibson County facility next to Peabody High School in Trenton was opened on Dec. 19, 1991.
A leased facility, made possible by gifts from the city of Covington, Tipton County government, First State Bank, Union Savings Bank, Tipton County Bank and Cole Lumber Company, was opened in Covington in August 1992. Planning for a 30,000 square-foot facility in Tipton County was completed during 1993-94. The General Assembly made an appropriation for the 1994-95 academic year of $2.1 million to build the first phase of an 18,800 square-foot facility which opened on Feb. 26, 1996. Construction on Phase II began in February 1997 and was opened in January 1998. Ground breaking for the new DSCC Student Center/Learning Resource Center and Tipton County Public Library was held on November 16, 2011.