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JULY 17, 2014

Three Rivers, Missouri State University-West Plains hold ribbon-cutting for Willow Springs partnership

Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains officially commemorated the opening of the South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs with a ribbon-cutting ceremony held July 17. Speakers at the ceremony included Dr. Wesley Payne, Interim President of Three Rivers College; Dennis Lancaster, Interim Dean of Academic Affairs at Missouri State-West Plains; and city and government officials from the area.

"We are proud to be a partner in the effort to bring college and career technical programs to the Willow Springs area," Payne said. "The programs offered through the Consortium will make a positive difference in the community and especially in the lives of the students we serve."

"The educational opportunities offered at the Consortium are needed by the people who live in this area, and we applaud the City of Willow Springs for working so hard to make this happen," said Lancaster.

Also speaking was state Sen. Mike Cunningham, who worked to secure state funds to help open the Consortium, which is housed in a former Missouri Department of Transportation building. "The ribbon cutting today marks a success in pulling partners together for the benefit of the area. It will provide opportunities for area young people to keep them in the community and keep the community strong," Cunningham said.

The South Central Education Consortium, located at 908 Springfield Road in Willow Springs, is a partnership of Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains. It offers associate degree, career education, and transfer education opportunities to Willow Springs and surrounding areas. The Consortium was formed in 2013, and the location’s doors opened in January 2014. The Consortium currently offers EMT, Electrical Technology, HVAC-R Technology, and Plumbing Technology certificate programs, along with transitional and general education courses.

Scott Williamson, Director of the Consortium, said the community should be extremely proud of the facilities at the Consortium, which include a public computer lab, a hands-on tech lab for vocational classes, and seven classrooms.

A Registration Event will be held at the Consortium on Tuesday, July 29, from 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. At the event, those interested in taking classes can receive information about program offerings, register for courses, and receive help applying for financial aid.

For more information on the Consortium or to schedule an appointment to register for classes, call 417-469-3000.

South Central Education Consortium Director Scott Williamson cuts the ribbon on the Willow Springs facility where Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains offer college courses and career technical programs. To Williamson's right are state Rep. Shawn Rhoads and Willow Springs Chief Financial Officer Beverly Hicks. To his left are state Sen. Mike Cunningham, Three Rivers Interim President Dr. Wesley Payne, and Missouri State-West Plains Interim Dean of Academic Affairs Dennis Lancaster.
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