With a 99% high school graduation rate and career training available, education in Lauderdale County is second to none.

Workforce & Education

A 99% high school graduation rate, technical training readily available, and nearly 10,000 workforce-trained people make Lauderdale County the place to do business.

The University of Tennessee and the Tennessee College of Applied Technology have campuses here. Residents can go straight from high school into specific training in programs that will help your business reach new levels of success. Business and industry thrive here – and no small part of that is our workforce readiness. Business retention and expansion in Lauderdale County means that when the community grows, your business grows as well.

Tennessee Promise and TN Reconnect show our state’s commitment to providing an educated and technically trained workforce.

Lauderdale County School District

Lauderdale County School District is doing its part to prepare the county's workforce for future industry. Students can take part in dual enrollment, earning college and high school credentials simultaneously; the Middle College of LCS (in collaboration with Dyersburg State Community College) in which rising high school juniors are enrolled in high school and college courses during junior and senior year, and graduate with both a high school diploma and an Associate's Degree in General Studies; work-based learning and apprenticeship opportunities with local businesses; and opportunities to attain industry certifications while in high school.

Tennessee College of Applied Technology

TCAT’s Ripley campus prepares students for careers in computer information technology, health information management, practical nursing, industrial electricity, and other career fields.

UT Martin Ripley Center

The University of Tennessee’s Ripley Center offers programs in agricultural business, criminal justice, management, social work, and other areas of study.