Three Rivers Community College is a two-year school located in Norwich, Conn. The college enrolls more than 3,900 students each semester and has more than 2,500 students in its continuing education program. It offers courses in technical, career, and liberal arts programs, and there are two satellite campuses located at the Naval Submarine Base in Groton, Conn., and the Ella Grasso Technical School, also in Groton.
The college offers degrees in a number of programs, ranging from accounting to hospitality management. Many of its programs are accredited by professional organizations. Three Rivers Community College is accredited by the Connecticut Board of Governors for Higher Education and the New England Association of Colleges. The Technology Accreditation of the Accreditation Board of Engineering and Technology Inc. has accredited the following programs: civil engineering, electrical engineering, environmental engineering, manufacturing engineering, mechanical engineering and nuclear engineering. The nursing program for the National League for Nursing. The Association of Collegiate Business Schools and Programs has accredited the following days accounting, business administration, business office technology, hospitality management and marketing.
All first-time college students at Three Rivers Community College that are admitted to liberal arts, sciences and general studies are required to take the First Year Experience course during one of the their first two semesters on campus. The class introduces students to the expectations of college coursework.
The college’s extensive Continuing Education Department proves noncredit courses for businesses, individuals and industries, custom training, and other speciality education classes.
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Three Rivers Community College maintains an open admissions policy. All graduates of accredited high schools, General Educational Development Diploma holders, and adults who can perform academically at the college level are accepted, along with high school students who are accepted for early admission, the College Career Pathways Program or the High School Partnership Program.
To get into the Associate Degree program in Nursing, applicants must meet special criteria. All new students are subject to take the ACCUPLACER placement test. The test is waived for students who score 450 or higher on the SAT Critical Reading section, 450 or higher on the SAT Writing section or 21 or higher on the ACT English score, 47 or higher on the combined ACT English and Reading score or college-level work in English with a letter grade of “C” or higher. Math placement tests can be waived if the student has scored a 500 or better on the SAT Math score, ACT Math score of 18 or higher, or a “C” level grade in college math.
There are a number of scholarship programs available at Three Rivers Community College. The Three Rivers College Foundation provides scholarships to the student body through its fundraising efforts.
The Board of Trustees awards scholarships to students who demonstrate outstanding academic performance. The Alumni Association also sponsors four student awards each year. The awards are given to students who are sponsored by a faculty member for a writing award selected by a committee. Other awards are determined by the Alumni Association. Students who earn a cumulative GPA of 4.0, complete all degree requirements for an associate degree, and complete half of the degree requirements in residence at the Community College are eligible for the award.
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Three Rivers Community College has a special program for students age 25 or older. The Three Rivers Community College Adult Learners program is set up to help students who have postponed their education acclimate to the rigors of the college classroom. The school works with students who may have families, jobs or other responsibilities, and helps students juggle those responsibilities with classroom work.
Three Rivers Community College has a fitness center on campus for students. The Health and Wellness Center has a cardio room, weight training machines, free weights and a studio for classes. Students need to undergo an equipment orientation if they are not experienced using fitness equipment. There are also lockers and locks available for use. The fitness center is free to students, faculty and staff.
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Three Rivers Community College was formed in 1992 as part of a merger of five community and technical colleges in five areas around the state. The Mohegan Community College and Thames Valley State Technical College merged to form Three Rivers.
Three Rivers Community College features the Donald R. Welter Library. The library has print and electronic books, compact discs, audiobooks, DVD’s, periodicals and online research databases, and other materials can be secured through inter-library loan. The library also has computers, self-service photocopiers, a scanner, wireless internet access and group study rooms, and laptop computers available for loan.
- Three Rivers Community College. Web. 12 Aug. 2011.
- Norwich city. Web. 12 Aug. 2011.