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TRC looks to its future

Friday, February 25, 2011

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Dr. Devin Stephenson
SIKESTON -- In what the Sikeston Area Chamber of Commerce Executive Director Missy Marshall called "a split program" on Thursday, attendees at the monthly luncheon got to learn more about a civic group and a higher education institution looking to expand in the area.

Speaking were Rick Lovall on behalf of the Rotary Club and Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Three Rivers College.

Stephenson talked about the progress that Three Rivers has made in the past year and a half since he last spoke to Chamber members.

"We are going to build a campus from a farm field and a dream of Scott Matthews," said Stephenson.

He is referring to the Sikeston campus project announced last summer, following the donation of nearly 40 acres of land near the intersection of Highways 60 and 61, from Scott and Karen Matthews and Mike and Elizabeth Brunt.

The expansion couldn't come at a better time, as Stephenson also noted that right now is the "golden age of community colleges." In the past two years, enrollment at Three Rivers is up 19 percent, and about 450 students now take classes at the Sikeston center.

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