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MAY 15, 2014

South Central Education Consortium wraps up first semester, adds EMT program in Fall

The South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs is wrapping up its first semester of classes, but Scott Williamson already has his eyes fixed on the fall. Williamson, who's serving as the Director for Three Rivers College's programs at the Consortium has a singular goal: to bring higher and technical education to the community he's spent over a decade serving as a local pastor.

"Technical education is incredibly important to communities like Willow Springs, whether we're adding to someone's existing skillset, or giving them a new set of abilities to start a career with," said Williamson. "Our programs can make the difference between being stuck in a dead end job or getting into an in-demand, well-paying career field. It's all about helping our students achieve those goals."

Programs available at the Consortium include a newly added Emergency Medical Technician offering; Electrical Technician, HVAC/R Technician, and Plumbing Technician courses; as well as transitional and general education courses for students wanting to begin their college career while remaining closer to home.

"We've had a very successful first semester, but we want to keep the momentum going," said Williamson. "Between our location, and the high availability of financial aid like Pell Grants for Consortium students, I think we're the best, most affordable higher education option in the region."

Williamson said that students interested in taking classes at the Consortium can start by filling out a free application online at trcc.edu/admissions. From there, potential students can contact the Consortium at 417-469-3000 or stop by the location at 908 Springfield Road for more information on how to register for classes. Financial aid may be available; to apply, complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which can be found online at FAFSA.gov.

The Consortium was formed in 2013 as a partnership between Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains. Consortium students receive transitional and technical education through Three Rivers College, with general education classes administered by MSU-West Plains.

Three Rivers College students and staff from the South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs gather to celebrate the end of the Consortium's first semester of operation. Among the programs represented are the Consortium's CNA, Fire Science, and Electrical Technician classes.
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