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Three Rivers breaks ground $7 million campus project in Sikeston

Breaking ground on a new campus (Source: Three Rivers College) Breaking ground on a new campus (Source: Three Rivers College)

Area leaders and representatives from across Southeast Missouri joined officials from Three Rivers College breaking ground on the college’s new eastern campus in Sikeston on Thursday. According to Three Rivers College, the entire project will cost about $7 million.

The ceremony was held at Life Church in Sikeston on August 15.

“This new facility will give us the opportunity to more than triple enrollment in Sikeston, and more adequately meet the demand of today’s workforce by providing the education and training for the best jobs of tomorrow,” said Dr. Devin Stephenson, President of Three Rivers College. “I want to thank everyone who’s helped this project get off the ground, from our advocates around the area, to those who have generously donated time, energy, and money to the Eastern Campus.”

When completed, officials say the eastern campus will have a capacity of 1,500 students, with expanded degree and transfer programs.

The facility will also feature state-of-the-art computer and science labs, LPN-to-RN program facilities, a learning resource center, and an exhibit hall/auditorium.

“We want to thank Three Rivers for their vision and continued investment in Sikeston and Southeast Missouri,” said Dr. Maude Harris, Mayor pro-tem of Sikeston. “The Eastern Campus will let us compete more effectively in the global workforce, and will improve the quality of life for the entire area.”

The Eastern Campus will also serve as a base for future workforce development and training partnership programs in the region.

Officials say the project was primarily made possible by a 38-acre land donation from Scott and Karen Matthews and Doctors' Mike and Elizabeth Brunt.

Initial funding was provided by a FEMA Safe Room grant, with the rest coming from private donations and a series of bond sales.

According to the college, a series of expansions also includes a new classroom building on the Poplar Bluff campus, and renovations to the new Center at Kennett location. It will replace the Three Rivers Center at Sikeston, which is currently operating at its limits.

The college hopes to finish construction in late 2014.

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