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2016-2017 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2016-2017 Catalog and Student Handbook [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Community Services

Continuing Education

(Non-college credit activities)

The Office of Continuing Education, a division of Dyersburg State Community College, provides professional and personal development opportunities, workforce training and evaluation, as well as programs for children. Courses are designed for adults who are interested in personal enrichment or seek to update their skills. Some courses are designed to be fun and exciting, while others are geared toward professional development. The children’s programs offer opportunities for both learning and fun. Schedules and descriptions of continuing education offerings are published each year. Individuals interested in continuing education activities should contact the Office of Continuing Education at 731-286-3265. Many of the activities offered through this Continuing Education curriculum qualify for Continuing Education Units (CEU’s).

All of the courses are taught by experts to ensure a quality experience for the customers. DSCC takes a great deal of pride in the knowledge, abilities and skills of its instructors. This division is constantly striving to offer a variety of courses that appeal to the various sectors of the communities DSCC serves. For individuals that just can’t seem to fit a scheduled class into their busy routine, DSCC offers more than 400 courses in a very effective online instructional delivery format. These courses have been popular for both personal enrichment and professional development.

The Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges defines a Continuing Education Unit (CEU) as ten contact hours of participation in an organized Continuing Education experience under responsible sponsorship, capable direction and qualified instruction. CEU’s are awarded to all participants for satisfactory participation in approved Continuing Education programs at Dyersburg State Community College. The recording of CEU’s will provide a permanent record of an individual’s participation in Continuing Education programs. CEU’s carry no credit for college degree programs.

Students may obtain transcripts of non-credit courses taken and CEU credit earned by writing the Office of Continuing Education, Dyersburg State Community College, 1510 Lake Road, Dyersburg, TN 38024.

For more information, please contact Van Wylie at 731-286-3265 or Teresa Evans at 731-286-3267.

Business and Industry Training

The Office of Continuing Education offers customized training for business and industry. The department works directly with business, industry and emergency medical services throughout DSCC’s seven-county service area to provide non-credit training that meets specific organizational needs at all levels, including managers and executives. Training can be delivered on-site for the customer, on campus in Dyersburg or at either of the Centers in Trenton or Covington, Tennessee.


Advanced Manufacturing

Several courses in Advanced Manufacturing are offered through Continuing Education. These consist of Electrical Systems I, Electrical Systems II/Motor and Motor Controls, Hydraulics and Pneumatics, Programmable Logic Controllers (PLC), Advanced PLC and Basic Robotic Operations and Programming.

For more information, please contact Van Wylie at 731-286-3265.


Healthcare Programs

The non-credit programs offered through Continuing Education consist of Phlebotomy Technician, Electrocardiogram (ECG) and Certified Clinical Medical Assistant (CCMA).  These courses offer online course work and onsite labs for hands-on experience.

For more information, please contact Teresa Evans at 731-286-3267.

College for Kids

College for Kids is a summer enrichment program offered by Dyersburg State Community College for children 4 years old through sixth grade. Classes are designed for students to gain experience and to participate in activities which complement the normal school curriculum. College for Kids is operated as a morning program for one week during the month of June at the Dyersburg and Covington locations. College for Kids is offered at the Gibson County Center in July.

Parenting Education Workshops

Parenting Education Workshops are required by the State of Tennessee for anyone who has a divorce pending and has minor children in the home. The class is for one session only and meets for four hours. Parenting classes are offered in Covington and Dyersburg once a month.

Online Classes

(Non-college credit activities)

Continuing Education online courses are designed to meet the demanding schedules of the workforce. DSCC offers training for industry-related certified programs (ROCE) and for personal enrichment (Ed2go). Through short-term training, online courses are designed to upgrade skills, improve industries, and provide personal enrichment for persons who wish to obtain knowledge and learn new skills. DSCC offers Continuing Education Units (CEUs) for certification and/or recertification to maintain credentials in a specified field of study/work.

EMT Refresher Courses

Continuing Education offers courses in emergency medical training. Classes are taught by professional college instructors. Students have the opportunity to extend or refresh their skills for required license renewals. The Emergency Medical Technology-Extended Skills course is for students who hold an EMT-IV license and want to upgrade to EMT-IV level. DOT refresher courses are offered for EMT Basics and EMT Paramedics to renew at the National Registry level.

Dual Credit (Credit by Assessment) and Dual Enrollment via Carl D. Perkins Career and Technical Education Act of 2006

Dual Credit (Credit by Assessment) and Dual Enrollment opportunities are made available to high schools in the DSCC service area. In partnership with DSCC, these high schools offer their students opportunities to earn college credit in certain career pathways. DSCC’s mission is to provide future students with an easy transition from secondary education to postsecondary, continuing into the workplace, as well as to prepare students with the highest quality of training and education.

Dual Credit (Credit by Assessment) is offered at no cost to high school students. To receive DSCC credit, high school students must successfully complete a technical education course that has been articulated with a DSCC course. Following completion of the articulated course, students must successfully complete a DSCC-prepared examination in the subject area. Within two years of high school graduation, students must enroll to receive the college credit for the articulated high school course. Credit will be awarded on the census date of the term the student enrolls.

Dual Enrollment allows high school students to enroll in DSCC courses while still attending high school. Dual Enrollment courses are offered in a variety of formats: at the high school, at a DSCC location or online. By successfully completing DSCC courses, high school students are able to jump-start their college education. Unlike Dual Credit (Credit by Assessment), there are fees for Dual Enrollment courses. Most students are eligible to receive the Tennessee Dual Enrollment Grant, which reduces college fees, leaving the student with a minimal out-of-pocket expense.

Dual Credit (Credit by Assessment) and Dual Enrollment save high school students both time and money as they pursue a college certificate or degree and provide the area workforce with highly-trained technical professionals.

Tennessee Small Business Development Center

The Tennessee Small Business Development Center (TSBDC) at Dyersburg State Community College has been established to serve as a focal point for the coordination of federal, state, local, college, and private resources to aid small businesses in our service area. Various resources are used to counsel and train existing or prospective small business owners and operators in business start-up, sources of financing, marketing, personnel, purchasing, inventory control, credits and collections, production, organization, and other areas or problems relating to the operation of a small business. Clients are also assisted with development of feasibility studies, business plans, cash flows, and financial statements. All counseling assistance furnished by the TSBDC is provided at no cost to the client, and all information obtained will be held in complete confidence at all times.

The Center is co-sponsored by the United States Small Business Administration. Any small business firm or individual may request assistance from the TSBDC by phoning 731-286-3201.

Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act

The federally-funded Workforce Innovation & Opportunity Act (WIOA) offers Tennessee job seekers and employers a variety of career and employment services through the American Job Center Network and Tennessee Career Systems. The cornerstone of the workforce investment system is the one-stop service delivery, which unifies numerous training, education, and employment programs into a single, customer-friendly system. The goal of the federal legislation is to help job seekers access employment, education, training, and support services to succeed in the labor market and to match employers with the skilled workers they need to compete in the global economy. Local Chief Elected Officials (CEOs) have responsibility for oversight of the system and are financially liable for the grant funds. The CEOs appoint members of a Local Workforce Development Board, which consists of representatives of private sector businesses and other agencies involved with workforce development.  The Workforce CEOs have selected Dyersburg State Community College to act as the Administrative Entity and Fiscal Agent for Local Workforce Development Area 12.

The Northwest Tennessee Comprehensive Career Centers are located in Dyersburg and Huntingdon, with additional affiliate Career Centers located in Alamo, Camden, Covington, Dresden, Humboldt, Paris, Ripley, Tiptonville and Union City. The TN Career Centers empower job seekers to make career decisions through a self-help resource center, a variety of workshops, and referrals to community partners for additional assistance. Programs and services offered to youth, adults, dislocated workers, and employers include:

Adult and Dislocated Worker Services

Adult Mentoring


Career Counseling

Follow-up Services

Guidance and Counseling

Incumbent Worker Training Grants

Information and Referral to Community-based partners

Individual Training Accounts for Occupational Skills Training
(Workforce Development Scholarships)

Job Development

Job Placement Assistance

Job Profiling

Labor Market Information

Leadership Development

National Career Readiness Certificate Testing

On-the-Job Training Grants

Summer Employment Opportunities

Supportive Services

Tutoring and Study Skills

Work-experience, Job Shadowing, and Internships

Youth Year-Round Program

Employers and individuals with training needs are encouraged to contact the Vice President of Workforce Development Programs at 731-286-3585. TDD# 731-286-8383 or visit