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Three Rivers College’s Dolores Reed recently received the Missouri Community College Association’s (MCCA) Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award, and former CEO of Poplar Bluff Regional Medical Center, Rick Naegler, received the Distinguished Business and Industry Award. 

The Outstanding Adjunct Faculty Award is granted each year in recognition of the vital contributions adjuncts make to the community college mission. 

Reed, an Adjunct Instructor of Medical Billing and Coding, is an expert in her field and brings that knowledge to the classroom, her nomination letter said. She has undertaken the revision of the Medical Billing and Coding program and has spent significant time redesigning the coursework, creating program learning outcomes, and selecting the most up-to-date curriculum to meet the needs of her students. 

Reed is a dedicated adjunct who provides opportunities outside of the classroom for her students to ask questions and get assistance in navigating the coursework. She is a great resource to the College and to her students. 

Naegler has become an invaluable partner to Three Rivers College and our nursing and allied health programs, his nomination letter said. Naegler has worked closely with the College to develop hospital-ready nurses who, because of expanded and more robust clinical opportunities, can quickly orient to hospital procedures and serve patient needs in a more meaningful way. 

After discussions with Naegler and others at PBRMC about their staffing needs, Three Rivers also expanded our Bridge to RN program to include paramedics, added a Surgical Technician program, and added certificate programs for Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant (CNA), and Medication Technician (CMT). As a result of this partnership, our students have more choices for the career paths they want to pursue, and we have set the stage for future growth.  

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