Workforce Development
Business & Industry
The commitments that inform the mission of Three Rivers include providing career and workforce training to area business and industry sectors. To stay abreast of workforce training needs in this area, Three Rivers employs networking through its career and workforce development connections, including working directly with area workforce investment boards, chambers of commerce, regional planning commissions, economic development groups, and state agencies.

Designing and Implementing Training
Many area companies turn to the business and industry training programs at Three Rivers for assistance with their training needs. Three Rivers helps companies design and implement training programs, coordinate with other companies with similar needs to make the training more affordable, and make use of state funding programs to cover training costs. Three Rivers provides different training options, including the Missouri New Jobs Training Program, Missouri Customized Training Program, and contract training. The training can be delivered by the college, the company, or an outside vendor, depending on company needs.

Flexible Programs and Curricula
To gather insights into the training programs and career and technical degree requirements at Three Rivers, the college seeks input through career program advisory groups, consisting of employers in related fields. The advisory groups meet at least twice per year, and the recommendations of the advisory groups regularly result in changes to the programs and curricula. Core Component 4C addresses program advisory groups in further detail.

Regional Reach
Many area companies have sought out Three Rivers help with training needs. At the request of area companies, Three Rivers helped organize and coordinates the training for four area training consortia, each covering a separate region of the Three Rivers service area.

Area Training Consortium Hub City
Poplar Bluff Training Group Poplar Bluff, Missouri
Bootheel Regional Training Group Sikeston, Missouri
Heart of the Ozarks Training Consortium West Plains, Missouri
Southern Bootheel Training Consortium Kennett, Missouri

The consortia help companies reduce costs by consolidating training for employers with similar training needs. Individual companies also seek out Three Rivers training for specific needs. Since 2003, Three Rivers has delivered 122,104 contact hours of training to area companies.
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