DSCC Celebrates Community College Month in April

#CCMonth campaign to focus on the benefits of local community colleges and bring awareness to the positive impact on local communities

Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) announced today that it will join the #CCMonth campaign, a monthlong grassroots education and stigma-busting campaign coordinated by the Association of Community College Trustees (ACCT) to celebrate Community College Month each April. The primary goals of #CCMonth are to improve awareness of the economic, academic and equity advantages of attending community colleges, and to bust longtime stigmas wrongly associated with public two-year colleges.

“The past year has proved beyond any doubt that DSCC is absolutely vital to our community and our state,” stated Dr. Karen Bowyer, president of DSCC. “Community College Month is an opportunity to demonstrate not only that community colleges should be the first choice of many collegegoers, but why community colleges are first-class institutions vital to our local and state economies.”

Public community colleges are a unique American educational model designed to guarantee access to affordable, high-quality higher education for all people. Community college faculty are the primary educators of life-saving nursing and other healthcare professionals, among many others. They also serve as an onramp to bachelor’s, master’s and higher-level degrees for many students, particularly for the most demographically and socioeconomically diverse students. They guarantee fair admissions for all students and offer supports for adult students who have to work to support their families. Without community colleges, many American students would not be able to access higher education at all.

Despite all this, many people wrongly believe that community colleges are inferior institutions, and in most states, universities receive significantly more per-student state support than community colleges do. These negative attitudes and disparities support and encourage ongoing socioeconomic and demographic disadvantages and inequities in the United States.

“Community colleges are engines of diversity, equity and inclusion,” said ACCT President and CEO J. Noah Brown. “They give opportunities to all students, and they support them throughout their education, whether they attend to attain an associate degree or certificate, intend to transfer on for a bachelor’s or higher degree, or they take one or a few courses to learn a new skill or expand their horizons.”

The #CCMonth campaign is expected to have strong participation from community colleges and their supporters throughout the country.