Dr. Devin Stephenson, president of Three Rivers, was traveling across Southeast Missouri to celebrate the college's record-breaking enrollment. Following stops at Kennett, Malden and Dexter, Stephenson visited the Sikeston Center Thursday afternoon, before heading back to Poplar Bluff to conclude the tour.
Stephenson said enrollment is up 12 percent, with a total of 4,243 students. Much of the growth he attributed to Three Rivers' five off-campus sites, including Sikeston.
According to Mike Witt, coordinator for the Three Rivers College Center at Sikeston, this semester's enrollment of 492 students is a 16 percent increase from last semester. The students are enrolled for a record 4,265 student-credit hours in 78 classes.
"As we filled up one class, we kept adding another," said Witt. "We are committed to providing the best customer service of any college any where."
Stephenson described Thursday's celebration as a landmark event. In 2009, college officials set a goal of bringing the enrollment up from the then current level of 3,000 to 4,000 over a four-year period. He said that level was surpassed in just two years.
According to the college president, Three Rivers is one of the fastest growing community colleges in the country and the fastest growing in the state of Missouri.
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