Mar 18, 2018  
2013-2014 Catalog and Student Handbook 
2013-2014 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. Our 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 our courses are taught by experts to ensure a quality experience for our customers. We take a great deal of pride in the knowledge, abilities and skills of our instructors. Our division is constantly striving to offer a variety of courses that appeal to the various sectors of the communities we serve. For those of you that just can’t seem to fit a scheduled class into your busy routine, we offer 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 on 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 our 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 our centers in Trenton or Covington, Tennessee.

College for Kids

“College for Kids” is a summer enrichment program offered by Dyersburg State Community College for children aged four through sixth grade. Classes are designed for students to gain experience and 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 on the Dyersburg campus.

Spring and Fall Kids Programs

These programs are scheduled during the Spring and Fall school breaks to help parents accommodate their kids. The children and youth are involved in various activities from 7:30 a.m. - 5:30 p.m. every day. Lunch and snacks are provided.

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. We offer training for industry-related certified programs (ROCE) and for personal enrichment (Ed2go, Continue to Learn). 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. We do offer 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-Basic 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 at DSCC and earn a minimum of three credit hours to receive the college credit for the articulated high school course.

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.

Both 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 Investment Act

The federally-funded Workforce Investment Act program offers Tennessee job seekers and employers services and universal access 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 Northwest Tennessee Comprehensive Career Centers, located in Dyersburg and Huntingdon, and additional affiliate Career Centers spread over ten other counties, located in Alamo, Camden, Covington, Dresden, Humboldt, Paris, Ripley, Tiptonville and Union City, empower job seekers to make career decisions through a self-help resource center with staff assistance. The goal of the Act is to increase employment, retention, and earning of participants, and in doing so, improve the quality of the workforce to sustain economic growth, enhance productivity and competitiveness, and reduce welfare dependency. Oversight for the system is the responsibility of the Local Workforce Investment Board whose membership is primarily private sector representatives. The Board is appointed by the Local Elected Officials who are financially liable for the grant funds. Dyersburg State Community College was selected as Administrative Entity and Fiscal Agent for Local Workforce Investment Area 12.

Programs and services offered to youth, adults, dislocated workers, and employers include:

Adult and Dislocated Worker Services

Adult Mentoring

Alternative School Services


Career Counseling

Follow-up Services

Guidance and Counseling

Incumbent Worker Training Grants

Information and Referral

Individual Training Accounts for Occupational Skill Training
(Workforce Investment Scholarships)

Job Placement Assistance

Job Development

Leadership Development

National Career Readiness Certificate Testing

On-the-Job Training

Occupational Skill Training

Post-Employment Follow-up

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