Education
5:22 pm
Thu March 21, 2013

Three Rivers College Continues to Expand

Three Rivers College will hold a groundbreaking ceremony in April for its Eastern Campus. It will replace the center currently rented in Sikeston.

This facility is expected to hold a capacity of 1,800 students versus the 500 the current facility holds.

Missy Marshall is the director of the current Three Rivers Sikeston Center. She says this new facility will expand current offerings like business and nursing, and reach out to more potential students.

“This campus is needed, not just for Sikeston, but for New Madrid, for Charleston, and East Prairie and Chaffee. For anybody who wants to go to college or who wants to better themselves in the workforce,” Marshall said. “That’s what we’re here for. We try to be responsive to the community and give them the programs that they’re asking for.”

This campus will be just under 40,000 square feet and will stand three stories high.

According to Marshall, the current facility cannot handle the influx of new students.

“We are literally busting at the seams. I have no place to put additional students. We’re turning students away. I have students that are heartbroken, in tears. And that’s very frustrating for an educator,” Marshall said.

The new Three Rivers Center is expected to open in approximately two years.

The facility will cost $7.3 million dollars.