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Three Rivers hits record enrollment

SIKESTON, MO (KFVS) -

As the first week of the fall semester begins, early enrollment numbers are set to shatter records at Three Rivers College.

As of the first day of classes on August 15, total enrollment stands at 4,227. That is as much as an 11% increase over fall 2010.

"This is the golden year," said Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Three Rivers College. 

"They're flocking to our classrooms in record numbers," said Stephenson. 

It's not just on the main campus in Poplar Bluff.

"Our Kennett center had a 29% increase in credit hour production", said Stephenson. "The Cape Girardeau center had a 48% increase in credit hour production."

At the Sikeston campus there is also an increase. That campus is so packed, they're hoping to build a new one and soon right of Highway 60.

"We've hit 500 students (at Sikeston) this year so we have no room," said Stephenson.

Stephenson says they're also seeing more traditional students than ever while the age of the average student is 26.

Students like Samantha Pierce of Charleston are looking for a new lease on life.

"It was important to me to get back into things. With the economy, and the financial needs without education you're not going to make it," said Pierce. 

Three Rivers College is currently in the fundraising stage with the new Sikeston campus, and if all goes well they could break ground in about 20 months.

The college is also working to open a campus in Willow Springs, MO.

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