Vision and Mission

Institutional MISSION Profile

Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) is a learner-centered institution, which serves seven rural counties with below average levels of educational attainment and per capita income. DSCC offers associate degree and certificate programs to prepare students for the workforce and for transfer to a four-year institution. Nursing, EMT/paramedic, business and general transfer studies are the primary academic programs of focus. The average age of students is 22 with 66 percent of all students being female. The majority of DSCC students are low-income, first generation college students who are in need of at least one learning support course before they are ready for college-level work. Public service activities include, but are not limited to, continuing education, workforce services in partnership with the Northwest TN Workforce Board, Upward Bound, the Tennessee Small Business Development Center, and the Tennessee Early Childhood Training Alliance.

Statement of Vision

Dyersburg State Community College will elevate the region’s educational attainment thereby enhancing the quality of life in West Tennessee.

Statement of Mission

DSCC serves seven counties adjacent to or near the Mississippi River in West Tennessee where there are enormous opportunities to improve educational attainment, employment levels in high-skilled jobs, and per capita income. An open-access, learning-centered institution, Dyersburg State anticipates and responds to the educational needs of individuals through strategic planning and continuous improvement processes. In doing so, the College provides leadership in public service activities, workforce development projects, and educational collaborations to offer lifelong learning, to promote diversity, and to improve the community at large by producing educated members of society. Moreover, to improve the quality of life in the communities served, the College is strongly committed to developing and promoting civic and cultural opportunities, as well as economic and community development initiatives through partnerships with business and industry.

DSCC offers the following:

  • Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, and Associate of Science in Teaching degrees for transfer to four-year institutions;
  • Associate of Applied Science degrees and certificate programs that respond to emerging career opportunities in health care and technologies and provide workforce education;
  • A Learning Support Program that enhances the skills necessary for success in college-level courses;
  • An Honors Program that expands students’ thinking and achievement;
  • A Continuing Education Program that provides educational opportunities for children and adults;
  • Seamless transition among institutions through articulation agreements with area high schools, Tennessee Colleges of Applied Technology, and four-year institutions;
  • A variety of student support services designed to increase the opportunity for success, as well as services to provide access to federal and state financial aid and locally-funded scholarships;
  • Access to education via technology-assisted instruction, distance learning offerings, and course offerings at convenient locations at the DSCC Gibson County Center and the DSCC Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County.
  • An international program that includes opportunities for students, faculty, and staff to attend cultural activities and events at our 3 locations and in nearby cities, opportunities for students to study abroad, opportunities for faculty to teach abroad and for staff to provide student services abroad, and opportunities for student exchange programs such as the US Congress-German Bundestag Young Professionals Exchange Program.

The accomplishment of this mission depends on a faculty and staff who are flexible, highly skilled, technology oriented and learner centered.

DSCC remains committed to the education of a non-racially identifiable student body and promotes diversity and access without regard to race, gender, religion, national origin, age, disability, or veteran status.