The South Central Education Consortium is start registration next month.

Three Rivers College and Missouri State University-West Plains will open their new South Central Education Consortium in Willow Springs for new student registration on Jan. 7.

Spring semester classes will begin Jan. 13 at 908 Springfield Road.

Three Rivers has hired Scott Williamson, a Willow Springs native, as the director of its services. Williamson is a graduate of Andersonville Theological Seminary and has served as pastor at First General Baptist Church in Willow Springs for the past 16 years.

“Vocational, technical and career education has been the missing piece of education in Willow Springs,” said Williamson. “This consortium fills a huge void in our area. It will not only give members of the community access to job skills training, it will also create jobs in our area.”

The consortium was formed as a partnership between Three Rivers and MSU-West Plains to bring affordable, accessible higher education to the Willow Springs region. It will offer two-year technical degrees, short-term career certificates, developmental classes and general education courses.

Courses offered in the spring semester include blocks of Electrical Technician, HVAC/R, and Plumbing Technician courses; transitional English, reading and math courses; and general education courses including Intro to Computers, Writing I and College Algebra.

Students wanting to enroll in classes can search for classes online at, or can call the consortium at 417-469-3000 . Students with A+ scholarships are accepted. Registration also remains open for Three Rivers classes at all locations through Jan. 10. For general registration information, call 573-840-9605 or toll free, 877-879-8722.

Registration for MSU-West Plains courses at West Plains and Mountain Grove continues through Jan. 10. For more information, call 417-255-7960 or toll free at 888-466-7897. Additional information can be found at Missouri State-West Plains is a teaching and learning institution that provides quality post-secondary educational opportunities to the communities it serves.  Missouri State-West Plains offers associate degrees and credit and non-credit courses and serves as a delivery site for bachelor’s and master’s degrees offered by Missouri State University.

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