DYERSBURG, Tenn. (AP) - A new fast-track option at Dyersburg State Community College is being tapped by workers who lost their jobs when the Goodyear tire plant closed in Union City.
The program, called the College Express, allows students to earn an associate degree in five semesters. Former Goodyear employees already accepted into the college's registered nursing program are the first to use College Express.
Student Gerald Hurt of Rutherford told the State Gazette that he's looking to build a more secure career after building tires for nine years and going through two plant closings.
College President Dr. Karen Bowyer said a $10,000 grant from AT&T has been used to create 10 scholarships worth $1,000 apiece for students who enroll in College Express and start classes in January.