Vision and Mission


Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) is an open-access higher education institution that seeks to provide high quality educational opportunities through its excellent technical and transfer degree programs, certificates, and workforce development initiatives. The College provides leadership in public service and collaborations with education, business, and industry partners to promote diversity and improve society at large through education. DSCC focuses on innovative approaches to student success and academic excellence. The College is strongly committed to the development of economic and community partnerships and civic and cultural opportunities.

The College focuses on executing this mission through the following core values:

  • Opportunity: We aspire to be the College of Choice for area dual enrollment, traditional, and adult students, regardless of technical or transfer pathway.
  • Student Success and Exceptional Student Service: We are invested in ensuring that our students have the best opportunity for academic, career, and personal success through which they can achieve their full potential and life goals.  Students are why we exist.
  • Academic Excellence and Innovation: We ascribe to the tenets of academic rigor and development of instructional modalities that promote student success and instructional and academic creativity.
  • Integrity: We believe in building trust with students, staff, and the community through responsible actions and honest relationships.  We stand for honesty and truth.
  • Unity and Compassion: We strive to work together as a team with our employees, students, and community partners because we realize we are all stronger together.
  • Impactful Communication: We endeavor to communicate with external and internal constituencies in a clear, concise, and timely manner to tell the story of the College, its students, and the DSCC community in a manner that values the contributions of all who are engaged and encourages all members to share openly and honestly.


As the area’s premier institution of higher learning, Dyersburg State Community College will transform the lives of our students and the communities we serve by providing innovative and creative opportunities to learn, grow, and achieve.

Institutional MISSION Profile

Dyersburg State Community College is a comprehensive two-year institution, serving seven rural counties in northwest Tennessee including Crockett, Dyer, Gibson, Lake, Lauderdale, Obion, and Tipton. The College provides educational opportunities through its home campus in Dyersburg, the Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County in Covington, and the Gibson County Center in Trenton. In Fall 2019, 2,849 students enrolled at Dyersburg State, including 671 dual enrollment students. Thirty-two percent of Dyersburg State students in Fall 2019 were adults age 25 and older, and 39% were low-income students. Additionally, in 2018-19, the College provided 8,278 hours of workforce training. Dyersburg State offers 38 associate degree programs and 14 certificate programs, including the College’s notable Nursing, Emergency Medical Technician, Paramedic, and Business Administration programs. The College introduced a new Paramedic to Registered Nurse (RN) Fast Track Program during the fall 2016 semester at its Jimmy Naifeh Center at Tipton County and in Fall 2018 at its Dyersburg campus. During the 2018-19 academic year, 477 awards were conferred at Dyersburg State, including 153 applied associate degrees, 153 technical certificates, and 117 associate degrees designed to transfer to a university. Strong partnerships with high schools contribute to successful dual enrollment programs. Dyersburg State offers college classes leading to an Associate of Science degree in Business Administration for incarcerated students at the Northwest Correctional Complex (NWCX). The College has received the Governor’s Correctional Education Initiative (CEI) grant to offer a three-week Bridge Program and a 5-semester Business Administration transfer degree to 50 students at the West Tennessee State Penitentiary (WTSP) and the Women’s Therapeutic Residential Center (WTRC) in Fall 2020. In May 2020, the College was chosen as one of 67 colleges in the United States to be a part of the Second Chance Pell Experimental Sites Initiative to provide need-based Pell grants to people in state and federal prisons. The College offers various student support programs to multiple subpopulations, including Pell-eligible students, first-generation students, adult students, underprepared students, dual enrolled students, and veteran students. Pell-eligible students make up the College’s focus population, which was determined by the review of success rates of various subpopulations.