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Three Rivers College is offering five free training programs this summer to help recent high school graduates get valuable skills for a great start in life. 

The Project Drive (Direct Rural Initiative Vying for Employment) federal grant offers free training to give high school graduates a great start in life. After completing one of five available programs, you will earn a certificate to use to get a job in your chosen area, or you can continue at Three Rivers and turn your certificate into an Associate of Applied Science degree. 

“This is a fantastic new opportunity for high school graduates to find their shortest path to their greatest success,” said Brandi Brooks, Three Rivers Director of Enrollment Services and Student Development. “At Three Rivers, we are passionate about helping students invest in themselves without breaking the bank.” 

Free training will start in the summer of 2023 and continue until September 2025. Project Drive provides certificates in the areas of CDL (Commercial Driving License), Early Childhood Development, Construction, Industrial Production Technician, and Welding. Apply by April 14 for summer 2023 classes.

Three Rivers College was awarded this $1,232,700 federal grant to help prepare rural residents for successful careers in the local and regional workforce. Project DRIVE was written for the 14 counties in the Three Rivers area, but rural residents from any state may apply from now until through the summer of 2025. 

To apply, visit Project Drive is a first-come, first-served program and has a limited number of available spots each summer. For more information or to see if you qualify, call the Welcome Center at 573-840-9605, or email us at 

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2080 Three Rivers Blvd., Poplar Bluff, MO 63901
Office Hours: Monday – Friday 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Summer Office Hours (June and July): Monday – Thursday,
7 a.m. to 6 p.m.

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