POPLAR BLUFF -- The Three Rivers Community College board of trustees voted to lower out-of-district tuition and offer summer and fall classes in new locations throughout southeast Missouri during a special meeting on Sunday.
"These are measures we are taking to accommodate and serve the needs of our students in the Sikeston, Kennett and Malden areas," said board chairman John Stanard.
The board approved lowering per credit hour tuition for summer and fall to $89 for out-of-district (from $98) and $59 for in-district (from $61). This tuition applies to both courses taught in a classroom and Web-based courses.
The board approved offering classes in the Sikeston area at the Scott City and Scott County Central high schools; in the Malden area at the Bernie Community Center, the high school and TCRC-Delta Center in Portageville, and the Dexter, New Madrid and Richland high schools; and in the Kennett area at the Senath-Hornersville and Caruthersville high schools. More locations are being considered, college officials said.
The action follows an announcement made by Southeast Missouri State University Feb. 25 that it was taking over the lower division courses that TRCC has been teaching for years at the higher education centers in Sikeston, Malden and Kennett.
Last week, SEMO regents postponed until April making a decision on a compromise being worked out by the Missouri Commissioner on Higher Education that would have kept TRCC at the centers, said TRCC President Dr. John Cooper.
"Since our students need to plan now for summer and fall, we could not wait any longer. We have found sites where we hope to continue our more than 20-year tradition of providing quality education at an affordable price throughout southeast Missouri," Cooper said.
Randall Lee, vice president for student affairs at TRCC, said registration for summer and fall classes at the new locations will be held at the following times and locations:
* Scott City High School, 4 to 8 p.m. March 28;
* Scott County Central High School, 4 to 8 p.m. March 28;
* Bernie Community Center, 4 to 8 p.m. March 29;
* TCRC- Delta Center in Portageville, 4 to 8 p.m. March 29;
* Senath-Hornersville High School, 4 to 8 p.m. March 30;
* Caruthersville High School, 4 to 8 p.m. March 30.
Lee noted that during these times, TRCC registration teams will be set up to advise and register students and assist them in applying for financial aid.
"We feel our community college serves the needs of many of those seeking higher education in this region, and that we must continue to be there for our students," Lee said. "There are many students in this region eligible for A+ scholarships, and those can be used only at a community college or vocational school. There are students who need a college with an open admissions policy such as we have at TRCC. There are students who appreciate the extra effort they receive from TRCC in student services, financial aid and the classroom, which are all focused on helping students succeed."
Cooper said staff members continue to look for suitable sites for TRCC classes and adjunct instructors to teach courses at these sites
At the Sunday meeting, the TRCC board also voted to authorize legal action against Southeast Missouri State University.
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