Ready Workforce Drives Business Success.

A certified ACT Work Ready Community, Tipton County is ensuring a ready workforce by focusing on workforce training in both secondary and postsecondary schools. The county has made investments in scholarships, mentorship programs and continually improving the current education systems to stay ahead of the curve. A recent TN SCORE winner (leaders in student learning in Tennessee) and home to two stellar post-secondary institutions, Tennessee College of Applied Technology (TCAT) and Dyersburg State Community College, Tipton County is making great strides in developing its workforce.

Many of the local businesses, including Mueller Industries and Sugaright, offer apprenticeships programs. Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Covington includes internships with almost all its programs. Many of the local industries are working with TCAT to help further develop their current employees, and the local high schools have developed dual enrollment programs and other training programs to meet the immediate needs of current industries.

Tennessee is leading the way in education reform by increasing the number of Tennesseans with college degrees or certifications through Tennessee Promise and TN Reconnect. As the only state in the country with these initiatives, Tennessee's higher education initiatives ensure employers have the support of highly skilled workers.


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Students Enrolled in Eleven Higher Education Institutions


Our trained workforce starts with our excellent education system. Our high school graduation rate (96%), college going rate (61.1%) and ACT scores (20.4) are all above the State's average. With a variety of higher education and continuing education opportunities within a short drive, and certified as an ACT Work Ready Community, Tipton County is committed to maintaining a ready workforce.

Postsecondary options include Baptist Memorial College of Health Sciences, Christian Brothers University, Le Moyne-Owen College, Memphis College of Art, Rhodes College, Southern College of Optometry, Southwest Tennessee Community College, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Covington, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Memphis, Tennessee College of Applied Technology-Ripley and University of Memphis.

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Tipton County offers a solid infrastructure, educated workforce and strong business climate to help your business thrive.