Three Rivers College is holding an open house event to showcase its new University Center to the community and prospective students.
The open house will be held 9 to 11 a.m. Friday, April 7, in Suite 200 of the Westover Administration Building on the college’s Poplar Bluff Campus, with a ribbon cutting at 10 a.m. The open house will showcase the new University Center and the degree completion programs offered by University Center partners Central Methodist University (CMU), Hannibal-LaGrange University (HLG) and Southeast Missouri State University.
“We invite everyone to come out and see what the University Center has to offer,” said Will Cooper, Director of the University Center at Three Rivers.
The Center was created in 2015 and opened in its new space last year. It provides staffing, faculty offices and other resources for the bachelor’s degree completion and master’s degree programs offered by the three institutions.
“Our purpose is to make a bachelor’s or master’s degree convenient for Three Rivers students. Depending on their major, they may be able to obtain their degree without ever leaving our campus,” said Cooper. He also said that the three institutions work with Three Rivers locations in Dexter, Kennett, Malden and Sikeston to offer coursework for students outside Poplar Bluff.
While the three University Center partners have offered degree programs with Three Rivers for many years, the University Center brings all three institutions into one place for the benefit of students. CMU began offering courses through Three Rivers in Fall 2008 with five initial degree programs, which have since been expanded. CMU also offers online bachelor’s degree and master’s programs.
HLG began offering bachelor’s courses in Fall 2004, and degree programs include business, criminal justice, teacher education and social work.
In Fall 1996, Southeast Missouri State University began offering its elementary education program through Three Rivers. Since then, they have expanded their education programs to middle school education, exceptional childhood education (special education) and general studies in Poplar Bluff.