March 10, 2020
TRC Resources for Virtual Learning and COVID-19 information
Updated March 30, 2020 at 4:02p.m.
Three Rivers College is closely monitoring the COVID-19 (Coronavirus) outbreak. Our primary concern is to maintain a safe and healthy environment for students, employees, and visitors. This is a rapidly changing situation; we are working with state and local officials to develop, update, and implement plans in response to COVID-19.
This page contains information about Three Rivers College’s preparations, actions, and response regarding COVID-19, including information about the move to Virtual Learning and the virtual resources we are providing to our students. This page will be updated as needed and when information becomes available.
All College locations are closed to the public through April 6, 2020. Virtual instruction will continue. We offer remote services to students and employees via email, phone and the website
Beginning Monday, March 23, and continuing throughout the Spring semester, most Three Rivers College classes will move to virtual instruction.
Any questions regarding academic instruction should be sent to the individual instructor or to the appropriate department chairperson. Students can also contact the Welcome Center at 573-840-9605 or email email@example.com.
The Welcome Center can help you with general information questions, login and password reset issues, financial aid questions, etc. Call 573-840-9605 or email firstname.lastname@example.org from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday, and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Friday.
The Tutoring and Learning Center (TLC) offers distance tutoring through Blackboard. Every student has access to the TLC Distance Tutoring page, where you can post questions on the discussion board or submit a paper for review by a tutor. If you need more assistance, contact the TLC via email at email@example.com or by phone at 573-840-9638 ext. 2, 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday – Friday, and we will put you in direct contact with an appropriate tutor.
Distance Learning Support
Distance Learning Support will be available 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Call 573-840-9544 or email firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wi-Fi Access Available on Campus
Three Rivers has set up a Wi-Fi network for students and employees accessible from the main parking lot and the Porter parking lot at the Poplar Bluff campus. Buildings remain closed to the public. This is a password protected network. Check your email for information on how to access this Wi-Fi network.
Three River’s Rutland Library offers a number of electronic resources to assist students in research and assignments, and staff members are available to answer questions via email, phone and text.
To get to the library’s resources and find ways to communicate with staff, go to trcc.edu/arc.
There, you will find both electronic resources and ways to ask questions remotely. Remember that the physical collection on campus is not available, either for walk-in service or for placing “Holds” for later pick-up.
On the left side of the library page, click on “Search Library Catalog” to find over 200,000 ebooks. Once you do either an author, title, subject, or keyword search and see a cataloging record, ebooks are indicated by a red “e” on the far left. In the middle of the cataloging record, you will see a “Three Rivers ebook: Click to access.” You access the ebook by entering your student email address plus your password. Downloading ebooks is not standard across electronic devices. Nor is it recommended for cell phones.
Also on the left side of the opening screen of the library’s web page is the heading “Search for Articles.” This is the section for accessing some 40+ databases that the library provides. In this section, you will find a list of databases, each covering a different subject area, such as medicine, business, current events, social sciences, literature, and consumer health.
To communicate with a library staff member, you can email email@example.com, text 573-298-6105, or phone 573-840-9654 from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday-Friday. This contact information is also on the library’s web page. Chat service is not operating at this time.
Virtual Registration Is Open for Current Students
Virtual registration is now open for Current Students for Summer and Fall classes at Three Rivers College. The date for registration to open for new students is to be determined.
Current students can register for summer and/or fall classes by emailing their advisors, or they can call the Welcome Center for assistance at 573-840-9605 from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Monday – Thursday, and 8 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday.
Current students who want to speak with an advisor can do so virtually through a Zoom meeting from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. Monday-Thursday and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Friday. Go to https://trcc.zoom.us/j/5917526763 to be connected or click the “Meet with Zoom Now” button in the green banner on the TRC homage at trcc.edu. If you don’t have Zoom on your device, follow the prompts to install. Zoom advising sessions can be used to get your education plan and schedule approved, make changes to your education plan and schedule, and ask questions.
To register online, currents students can log into their myTRCC account, review the schedule their advisor has prepared for them or create their own schedule, and contact their advisor to discuss any changes or confirm the schedule. Advisors can then approve the schedules virtually and registration can be completed online by the current student or advisor. For issues or questions, email EnrollNow@trcc.edu.
New students wanting to enroll at Three Rivers for Summer and/or Fall can visit trcc.edu/admissions/checklist for a Getting Started Checklist to guide them step-by-step through the enrolling and registering process.
For questions about enrolling, call the Welcome Center at 573-840-9605 or email EnrollNow@trcc.edu.
Nursing Application Deadlines
The application deadline for the RN Day and Evening LPN-RN Bridge programs will be extended beyond March 27. The new deadline will be announced as soon as possible.
Three Rivers has decided to suspend admission for the Evening AAS Nursing cohort. Those interested in pursuing a career in nursing though one of the programs at TRC can apply for admission to the Poplar Bluff Day RN program (deadline to be announced) or:
- The Poplar Bluff and Sikeston Practical Nurse programs, one-year certificate programs to prepare students to be successful in obtaining licensure as a Licensed Practical Nurse; application deadline October1.
- The Sikeston and Poplar Bluff Day LPN-RN Bridge programs, one-year career enhancement programs that allow those holding a Missouri license as a Licensed Practical Nurse to earn an Associate of Applied Science degree and to apply for licensure by examination as a registered nurse; application deadline is December 1.
Applications for all Nursing and Allied Health programs can be found at https://www.trcc.edu/admissions/application.php.
Occupational Therapy Assistant (OTA) Program: Fall 2020 Cohort
The OTA program will not be opening another application cycle for the Fall 2020 cohort. The next application cycle will be open in Spring 2021 for a Fall 2021 start date.
Transcripts can be ordered via National Student Clearinghouse. Go to trcc.edu/academics/records for instructions and a link to National Student Clearinghouse, or order through myTRCC.
Three Rivers College Events
Based on guidance from the CDC regarding public meetings, we have cancelled or postponed all College events through the end of the semester. Regretfully, this includes our annual commencement ceremony.
Students who meet the requirements will receive their degrees and certificates and their graduation will be reflected on their transcript. Any student planning to participate in the graduation ceremony will be allowed to participate in the next scheduled ceremony. Diplomas for all graduating students will be mailed after the end of the semester. Students with questions or concerns should contact the Office of the Registrar at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Why Is Graduation Cancelled and Not Postponed?
The faculty and staff of Three Rivers look forward to commencement every year because this is what we work for—to see our students successfully graduate and move on to building better lives for themselves and their families. We understand graduation is the celebration of years of hard work, so we did not cancel it lightly, nor was the decision an easy one. Unfortunately, there is a lot of uncertainty right now about how long we’ll be dealing with COVID-19. Planning the commencement ceremony takes months of planning, the scheduling of rental items and services from outside businesses, and a village of people. We need a date we can feel confident about meeting. We are working on ways to make our 2020 graduates feel special when they walk in 2021.
FCC Agreement to Increase Internet Access
As classes have moved online, internet access is more important than ever for students. To help with this, the Federal Communications Commission has an agreement which states that providers will waive late fees, not cut off service for lack of payment, and open hot spots for increased accessibility to the internet.
Below is a list of Missouri providers and what they are offering during this time. Please visit the following websites for the latest details on how to sign up and leverage these services.
- Cox Communications offers a range of services and packages for the next 60 days (for example, free access to over 650,000 Wi-Fi hot spots; residential customers in the company’s Starter, StraightUp Internet, and Connect2Compete packages will be automatically upgraded to speeds of 50 Mbps). Get details.
- Comcast offers free Wi-Fi for 2 months to low income families plus all Xfinity hot spots are free to the public during this time. Get details.
- Charter offers free broadband and Wi-Fi access for 60 days to households with K-12 and/or college students who do not already have a Spectrum broadband subscription and at any service level up to 100 Mbps. Get details.
- AT&T offers open hot spots, unlimited data to existing customers, and $10/month plans to low income families. Get details.
- Verizon is not providing any offers but is following the FCC agreement. Get details.
- Sprint is providing unlimited data to existing customers. Starting Tuesday, March 17, 2020, Sprint will allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Get details.
- T-Mobile is providing unlimited data to existing customers. It will soon allow all handsets to enable hot spots for 60 days at no extra charge. Get details .
Information on COVID-19
For updates on COVID-19 in Missouri, please visit the Missouri Department of Health and Senior Services website at https://health.mo.gov. For general information on COVID-19, best practices for staying healthy, the latest updates, and much more, visit www.cdc.gov/COVID19.
What are the symptoms of COVID-19?
Patients with COVID-19 have had mild to severe respiratory illness with symptoms of
- Shortness of breath
How can you protect yourself and others?
- Wash your hands frequently with soap and water. Wash for at least 20 seconds, especially after blowing your nose, coughing, or sneezing; going to the bathroom; and before eating or preparing food.
- Stay home if you are sick. For classes/labs still meeting face-to-face, email your instructors to let them know and ask about assignments.
- If you have a fever, go home immediately and do not return to campus until the fever has subsided for 24 hours.
- If possible, avoid close contact with people who are sick. When sick, keep your distance from others to keep germs from spreading.
- Keep hand sanitizer or wipes with you.
- Cover your mouth and nose when you cough or sneeze. Cough or sneeze into your sleeve or a disposable tissue.
- Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth to prevent infection.
- Regularly clean and disinfect high-touch surfaces in your home, at the College, and at your place of employment.