Three Rivers College (Missouri)

Three Rivers College is a public community college in Poplar Bluff, Missouri. It was founded in 1966 when voters in the counties of Butler, Carter, Ripley and Wayne approved the taxing district of Butler, Carter, Ripley, and Wayne counties.[3]

Three Rivers College
TypePublic community college
PresidentDr. Wesley Payne
Location, ,
United States

36°46′37″N 90°25′49″W / 36.77682°N 90.43038°W / 36.77682; -90.43038Coordinates: 36°46′37″N 90°25′49″W / 36.77682°N 90.43038°W / 36.77682; -90.43038

Three Rivers is governed by a six-person Board of Trustees elected by the college's taxing district. The college has an 80-acre (32.4 ha) campus in Poplar Bluff, Missouri with full-service locations in Dexter, Kennett, and Sikeston, and in-district locations in Doniphan, Caruthersville, Piedmont, Portageville, New Madrid, and Van Buren, and offers classes at various sites and high schools throughout the region.[4] Three Rivers also participates in the Cape College Center alongside Mineral Area College and Southeast Missouri State University.[5] The school is accredited by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.

The college officially changed its name from Three Rivers Community College to Three Rivers College in 2017.


Three Rivers competes as member of the NJCAA in the Midwest Community College Athletic Conference.

Its most famous athletic alumnus is Latrell Sprewell, who played basketball for Three Rivers before playing Division I basketball at Alabama.

Gene Bess, the men's basketball coach, has the most wins of any junior college basketball coach.


  1. ^ Three Rivers College. "About Us". Archived from the original on 2007-02-10. Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  2. ^ The College Board. "Three Rivers Community College: At a Glance". Retrieved 2007-02-08.
  3. ^ "Three Rivers College - History". Three Rivers College. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  4. ^ "Three Rivers College - About Us". Three Rivers College. Retrieved 2018-05-25.
  5. ^ "Three Rivers College - Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education". Three Rivers College. Retrieved 2018-05-25.

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