Dyersburg State Community College’s Jimmy Naifeh Center hosted an adult new student orientation and open house this week in Covington. Around 50 adult degree seekers and their families attended the event hosted by Rebecca Reeves, the DSCC adult student coordinator.

“I was an adult student myself so I understand what our adult learners are dealing with, and we are here to help them be successful as they start their academic journey with us at DSCC,” said Reeves to the crowd of adult students. “Finding that work-life-family balance is sometimes difficult for adult students but here at Dyersburg State we have a great team of amazing advisors and resources to help our adult learners."

Dyersburg State Community College saw an increase in enrollment by adult learners again this year, a trend that is likely to continue thanks to programs like the Tennessee Reconnect and the addition of new online and evening classes.

“We have over 900 adult learners over the age of 24 enrolled in our courses,” said DSCC President Dr. Karen A. Bowye,r who greeted the crowd of adult learners.“We at DSCC have a history of helping the adult learners get through their college and degree programs. It’s never too late to start on a career path and we are delighted to have you here with us. It’s going to be a great semester."

TN Reconnect is a last-dollar scholarship that allows all Tennessee adults, who qualify, to attend and eligible institution free of tuition and mandatory fees. Tennessee is one of only a handful of states to offer programs such as this. The TN Reconnect initiative is to help adults enter higher education so that they may gain new skills, advance in the workplace, and fulfill life long dreams of completing a degree or credential. Last year in the Fall of 2018 and the Spring of 2019 semesters Dyersburg State awarded $941,916.49 in TN Reconnect scholarships to eligible students.

“It has been wonderful to see all of the people taking advantage of the Reconnect program and we at DSCC are happy to do whatever it takes to help our adult students be successful,” said Ms. Larenda Fultz, the dean of student services.

After the Adult Learning Orientation students attended a Welcome to DSCC Fair with booths set up offering them a variety of services from student life activities, to international study, and free tutoring.

“We have a new, updated app this year for our students called EAB Navigate. They can plan their classes, see their pathway to graduation, show them to do lists, and will connect students to services on campus and online,” Paul Rose, director of computer services at DSCC, told the incoming students.

Classes at DSCC start Monday Aug. 26. 

Jeff Ireland is The Leader's sports editor. To contact him, call 901-476-7116 or email jireland@covingtonleader.com.​