Education news roundup for July 9, 2015


Summer program preps freshmen for universities

DSCC-logoDYERSBURG, Tenn. — Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) will offer a free three-week Summer Bridge Program to help freshmen strengthen their academic skills and feel better prepared for college.

The program is designed to provide academic and non-academic support to incoming students whose ACT scores fall below the standards established for college-level coursework. At the end of the program, students will have a chance to test out of certain developmental courses.

The concentrated summer program will be July 13-31 on the Dyersburg campus. Each day will consist of 1.5 hours of math instruction and 1.5 hours of reading/writing instruction, followed by a college success lunch-and-learn session.

Students planning to attend the Covington or Trenton locations are encouraged to attend this program as it will only be held on the Dyersburg campus.

To register for the program, go to and click the red “Make an Appointment” button. For details, contact Dr. Terri Pike at (731) 286-3298 or

Career, tech ed added to program for top students

Presidential-Scholars-logo-smallINDIANAPOLIS, Ind. — As part of an executive order by President Barack Obama, career and technical education students will now be able to be designated as U.S. Presidential Scholars.

Established by President Lyndon B. Johnson in 1964, the Presidential Scholars Program has honored almost 7,000 of America’s top-performing students. The program was expanded in 1979 by President Jimmy Carter to recognize students who demonstrate exceptional talent in the visual, literary and performing arts. Each year, the program recognizes two high school seniors from each state and 15 scholars at-large on the basis of excellence in scholarship. An additional 20 scholars are selected for exceptional talent in the arts.

The Presidential Scholars program is overseen by the Commission on Presidential Scholars and administered by staff at the U.S. Department of Education. This commission, appointed by President Obama, selects honored scholars annually based on their academic success, artistic excellence, essays, school evaluations and transcripts, as well as evidence of community service, leadership, and demonstrated commitment to high ideals.

“We are extremely honored by this decision,” national FFA advisor Dr. Steve Brown said. “This action elevates the value and importance of career and technical education where agricultural education plays a key role.”

Next year, the White House will welcome the inaugural class of 20 CTE Presidential Scholars, who will be selected by the Commission on Presiden-tial Scholars based on outstanding scholarship and demonstrated ability in career and technical education.

Tenn. Promise students to host car wash, earn service credits

Tenn-promise-logoDYERSBURG, Tenn. — Tennessee Promise students will host a car wash 8 a.m.-4 p.m. July 11 at the Eller Administration Building parking lot on the Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC) campus.

The car wash is free, but donations are appreciated as they will go towards book scholarships for Tennessee Promise students.

This event will also provide Tennessee Promise students with 8 hours of community service, which is a requirement for all Tennessee Promise students to achieve by Aug. 1.

Volunteers may check in from 7:30 a.m. until 8 a.m. in front of the Eller Administration Building.

For more information contact Margaret Jones, DSCC’s assistant director of admissions, at (731) 286-3327 or