Northwest Correctional Complex
Location: Tiptonville, Tennessee
Institution of Higher Education: Dyersburg State Community College
In January 2017, the Tennessee Higher Education Initiative, working in partnership with Dyersburg State Community College (DSCC), expanded its programming to Northwest Correctional Complex in Tiptonville, a medium security prison for men. Classes began with a cohort of 25 students taking English Composition I and General Psychology. In 2018 the site expanded to a second cohort. THEI's first West Tennessee site follows the same basic structure of our Middle Tennessee model: students work full-time during the day and in the evenings take two courses per semester working towards an A.S. Degree in Business Administration from DSCC. Should a student be released prior to earning his degree, credits earned from these courses are recognized and transferable to any Tennessee Board of Regents college or university, as well as certain private and public colleges and universities in the Southeastern region. Professors are full-time or adjunct at DSCC. In order to be admitted to the program, each applicant must take the standard TN college placement exam, Accuplacer, and place at college level; complete the application and write an essay. Once admitted to the program, students must pay $25 admin fee each semester, maintain at least a 3.0 GPA and keep a clean disciplinary record.