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August 3, 2016


Three Rivers Offers Manufacturing Training in Sikeston

Three Rivers College's 'F.I.R.S.T' (Fundamental Industrial Readiness Skills Training) program will offer Industrial Technology and Manufacturing job skills training for veterans and laid-off, unemployed, and underemployed workers at Three Rivers' location in Sikeston starting in August. Qualifying students will receive low-cost Certified Production Technician training, along with five Production Technician credentials and the opportunity to transfer seamlessly into the college's Industrial Technology degree program.

"With the closing of the Noranda plant in Sikeston, we have a lot of people in need of this kind of comprehensive, in-demand skills training," said Dean Whitlow, MoSTEMWINS Grant Manager for Three Rivers College. "Thanks to the MoSTEMWINS grant, we're not only able to provide that training, but we can do so at little to no cost to the students."

F.I.R.S.T. training will be provided in eight-week sessions beginning August 15, with four 12-student cohorts each session. The program uses a combination of computer-based and hands-on training. Students who complete a F.I.R.S.T. session may apply for 18 college credits that transfer seamlessly into the Associate of Applied Science in Industrial Technology degree program at Three Rivers.

The F.I.R.S.T. program is made possible by the MoSTEMWINS grant, a Department of Labor workforce-training grant administered by the Missouri Community College Association. MoSTEMWINS aims to train Missourians for jobs in transportation, manufacturing, information technology, health services/health sciences, and science support.

To apply for admission to the F.I.R.S.T. program, contact Amber Spears at aspears@trcc.edu and 573-840-9619, or David Burk at dburk@trcc.edu and 573-840-9682. Admission priority is given to Trade Adjustment Assistance recipients, veterans, unemployed and underemployed applicants, and low-skilled applicants, in that order. Application deadline is August 5 for the first Fall session, and October 3 for the second eight-week session.

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