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Professor Sherrard Featured In National Magazine!

Professor James Sherrard Featured in Nuclear News, a publication of the American Nuclear Society. In a four page article/interview, Professor Sherrard explains why the nuclear technology program at Three Rivers is considered the best in the country!

Click here for the PDF of the article.


Articulation Agreement Signed With Post University

This is a photo from the Articulation signing that took place
on Thursday January 24th. This agreement between Three Rivers
and Post University will allow our students seamless transition to
follow their studies in sports and leisure management at Post University.

Back Left to Right:
Ed Muenzner, TRCC  Professor of Accounting; Deron Grabel, Academic Program Manager Sport Management at Post; Heidi Zenie, TRCC Program Coordinator Exercise Science, Sports and Leisure Management; Dr. Ann Branchini,TRCC Academic Dean, Chief Academic Officer; and Jane Bailey, Provost, Post University.

Seated: Dr. Don Mroz, President, Post University; and Dr. Grace S. Jones, TRCC President. 


TRCC’s Dean Karin Edwards Is Awarded The Scott Goodnight Award          for Outstanding Performance

TRCC Professor Judy Donnelly Elected To 2013 Optical Society of America’s

“Class of Fellows”

Photo: On the left is Donna Strickland, professor of physics at the University of Waterloo and the OSA president, on the right is Professor Judy Donnelly.

Norwich, Conn.— Professor Judy Donnelly, Program Coordinator, Laser and Fiber Optic Technology, Three Rivers Community College, was elected to be one of the 2013 Optical Society of America's "Class of Fellows". Only about 70 people have obtained this award, and Judy Donnelly is the only one from a community college to do so. (Professor Donnelly is among 4 women who have achieved this honor).

Here's a description of what a fellow is:

OSA Members who have served with distinction in the advancement of optics may be proposed for election to the class of Fellow. The number of Fellows is limited by the Society's bylaws to be no more than 10% of the total OSA Membership. In addition to receiving member benefits and recognition of their Fellow status, OSA Fellow Members may also apply for travel grants to visit and lecture in developing countries. 

Candidates for Fellow Membership are nominated by peers who are also OSA Fellows. The OSA Fellow Members Committee reviews each nomination and recommends candidates to the Board of Directors annually.

Professor Donnelly was awarded for outstanding dedication to engaging middle school, high school and college students in optical science and engineering education.

About OSA: Founded in 1916, The Optical Society (OSA) is the leading professional association in optics and photonics, home to accomplished science, engineering, and business leaders from all over the world. Through world-renowned publications, meetings, and membership programs, OSA provides quality information and inspiring interactions that power achievements in the science of light.

Professor Donnelly has served on the Membership and Education Services Council (2009-2012) and she worked with OSA to produce 16 videos for students on optics explorations.

The Fellow awards are made at various conferences around the world, but Professor Donnelly chose to go to the Frontiers in Optics conference in Orlando, FL. October 6-10. She stayed through the 7th but had a student with her, Jack Brinkerhoff, who was there the whole week, participating in student events and helping out at a teacher professional development activity. 

Three Rivers ANS Student Chapter Receives 25th Anniversary Silver Certificate Award

Wednesday night when the ANS President presented our student chapter with our 25 year Silver Certificate.

The names are from left to right: Eric Betts, Student Chapter Vice President Glenn Chabot, James Mosher, ANS President Donald Hoffman, Peter Van Den Berg, Student Chapter Advisor & Nuclear Department Chairman Professor James Sherrard, David Mostowy, Austin LaCroix, Jeffrey Fluet, Alexander Poutchkov, (student on the left just cropped out of photo is Daniel Clements)

Norwich, Conn.— The ANS Student Chapter at Three Rivers Community College in Norwich, CT received its 25th anniversary Silver Certificate Award on October 23rd. It is the oldest two year student chapter in the nation and is very active in attending nuclear and health physics-related professional opportunities, including dinner meetings, technical tours, and hosting industry guest speakers. Typically one half of the graduates immediately transfer into either nuclear engineering or health physics BS degree programs while the other half seek employment in commercial nuclear power.

The track records for both groups is exceptional.

The program started in 1983 as a joint venture between Northeast Utilities and Thames Valley State Technical College to provide the educational credential needed for advancement within operational positions in nuclear power. The program received its initial TAC (now ETAC) of ABET accreditation in 1989. The college became Three Rivers Community College in 1992 after a local merger between the technical college and a community college; Dominion purchased Northeast Utilities’ nuclear assets in Connecticut in 2000.

The utility still continues to provide 16 full scholarships each year to selected entering freshmen and the program offers a 12-week paid internship at the nearby Millstone Nuclear Power Complex. To date some 241 of the program graduates have gone to work at Northeast Utilities/Dominion Nuclear Connecticut facilities. Other state and regional employers routinely hire TRCC nuclear graduates.

Express SEAT Bus Celebration and Ribbon Cutting

On October 7, 2013, there was an offical ribbon cutting ceremony celebrating the new Express SEAT bus route between Groton/New London and Three Rivers Community College. It was attended by faculty, staff, students and local legislators.

Board of Regents President Gregory Gray Visited TRCC on October 2, 2013

Board of Regents President Gray proves to be very informative. Please view notes from the meeting with community leaders here.

LCpl Jason Fincher, TRCC Graduate, "A Tribute to Commitment" by Brandon E. Weghorst

LCpl Jason Fincher is featured on the cover and in the publication. Please see pages 1 to 5 of the linked PDF for the story.

Betti Gladue Honored with a 2013 ACBSP Teaching Excellence Award

APPLY NOW for Scholarships! Deadline April 16th, 2013.

March 6th Manufacturing Summit An Overwhelming Success!

Manufacturing Summit To Take Place At Three Rivers Community College

Norwich, Conn.— Three Rivers Community College will host a Manufacturing Summit on Wednesday, March 6th, 8:00-10:00 am, in Room B127. Leaders in manufacturing in the State of Connecticut will be in attendance to network and inform the College how TRCC can better train and educate students for their workforce needs.


• Area Educational Training Needs for the Future Of Manufacturing

• Collaborate To Create and Grow Jobs in Manufacturing

• Presentations from Area Manufacturers

• Examples of Manufacturing Institute Models

• Establish a Pipeline of Talented and Skilled Student Workers

• What’s In It For You? - Next Steps

• Network Session and Light Refreshments

• Tour of TRCC Labs and Classrooms

Who should attend: Presidents, Human Resources, Trainers, Operations Directors and Manufacturing Directors

A few Quotes of Note:

“...a program focused on training students on the manufacturing techniques needed by southeastern Connecticut will be extremely valuable.  Being able to give feedback on course offerings and other program aspects will help Birk save costs on training and turnover.” - Mike Mattox, President of Birk Manufacturing

“As a local manufacturer we joined QMI for the many resources that it provides. We feel that the two most important resources that QMI delivers is the promotion of local manufacturing and how the group focuses on promoting, educating, and recruiting the next generation of skilled labor from the surrounding schools.”

- Fred Nagle, CPC, Human Resources Manager, ARS Products   

“The establishment of a regional Manufacturer’s Council was identified as a “high priority” goal in Southeastern CT...Cooperating, or joining with, the successful Quinebaug Manufacturer’s Institute is a positive step forward in  accomplishing this goal.” -  Deborah Donovan, Economic Development & Marketing Director, seCTer

Sponsored by: Three Rivers Community College, Southeastern Connecticut Enterprise Region (seCTer), Quinebaug Manufacturing Institute (QMI) and Quinebaug Valley Community College

For more information and to RSVP please contact Peg Stroup at 860-885-2310 by February 22, 2013. SPACE IS LIMITED.


                                                         TRCC Congratulated On Being A 2012 Fulbright Top Producing Institution

Three Rivers Community College has been highlighted in the October 29th                         edition of The Chronicle of Higher Education as being one of this year’s                       Fulbright Program “top producers!”

Allan E. Goodman, President and CEO of the Institute of International Education,                   has acknowledged the Fulbright Scholar Program Campus Representatives, Paul Susen,   Terrence Delaney, and Ann Branchini and their fantastic work in ensuring the program’s success at TRCC.

The Fulbright Program’s goals are fostering leadership and increasing mutual understanding between the people of the United States and the people of other countries.

Solar Photovoltaic Mock Roof Grand "Opening"

Undaunted by the rain, Professor Diba Khan-Bureau and two of her students,                         Jorge Rodirquez and Fred Pensak, cut the red ribbon to celebrate
the "grand opening" of the solar photovoltaic mock roof at Three Rivers                          Community College on Friday Oct. 19th.
The Environmental Engineering Technology students along
with community partners, Norwich Public Utilities, CT Clean
Energy Efficiency Investment Authority, Tilcon and Bonner
Electric, worked on the Solar Photovoltaic Roof as an instructional
tool for their class as well as future sustainable technology students.

Manufacturing Open House: Friday October 26th...All are welcome!

Booker DeVaughn Lecture Series presents Peter Schiff!

Student Supply List for the Middle College

Welcome to the Middle College!

Lunch Menu for the Middle College

Student Handbook for the Middle College

We Welcome The New Middle College Director

Follett Corporation and Three Rivers celebrate 40th anniversary!

15th Annual Golf Classic

Albertus Magnus and TRCC; A New Partnership!

Three Rivers Middle College

Three Rivers Community College is pleased to announce the establishment of the Three Rivers Middle College High School at our campus this fall!

Join us at one of our presentations: July 23 at 6pm; July 26 at 9:30pm and 6:30pm and July 31 at 9:30am; and August 2 at 6:30pm. The presentations will be held in the in The Donald R.Welter Library in the The Andrew C. McKirdy Fireside Study on the first floor of Three Rivers Community College.

Three Rivers Middle College High School FAQs

TRCC Middle College High School Application

TRCC President Named Citizen of the Year
Three River Community College President Grace Sawyer Jones has been named the Chamber of Commerce of Eastern Connecticut’s Citizen of the Year. The announcement was made at a February 3 press conference during which Chamber President and CEO Tony Sheridan commended Jones on her hard work, professionalism and contribution to the southeastern Connecticut community. [...]



TRCC Student Awarded ATEA Outstanding Student Award
John Hinton receives award
John Hinton, of Montville, Conn., recently received the Outstanding Technical Student Award from the American Technical Education Association, or ATEA. According to ATEA, the award is given to given to an individual who is currently a full-time student in a post-secondary technical program. The student must be very strong academically and show potential in his/her chosen technical field. The student should also have an impact on other students and the institution. Hinton completed the Mechanical Engineering Technologies program in fall 2011, the Lean Technologies certificate in summer 2011, a Computer Aided Drafting certificate in spring 2008 and an AAS in General Engineering Technologies in spring 2007.


Aid, Scholarships Should Help Temper Tuition Increase
The Board of Regents for Higher Education approved January 19 a slight tuition increase for the four Connecticut State Universities and 12 Connecticut Community Colleges. The 3.1% increase will cost each community college student an extra $108 for the 2012-13 academic year. [...]


TRC Foundation to Honor Dominion Nuclear Connecticut at 16th Annual Gala
Three Rivers College Foundation will honor Dominion Nuclear Connecticut, a subsidiary of Dominion Resources Inc., at its 16th Annual Gala, The Power of Caring. The Gala will be held on Saturday, March 31, 2012, at 6:30 pm at the Mystic Marriott. The black-tie optional event includes dinner, silent auction, and special entertainment. Tickets are $125 per person. [...]


Laser Camp Ignites Students' Interest in High-tech Fields of Study
Close to 70 students from five area high schools descended upon Three Rivers on January 12 for Laser Camp IV. Students from Windham High School, Windham Tech High School, Ellis Tech High School, Plainfield High School and Woodstock Academy donned yellow Laser Camp VI t-shirts and participated in technology-focused workshops intended to interest teenagers in high-tech fields of study. [...]


Three Rivers Receives 2011 William S. Slater President's Award
Ellen Freeman, TRCC professor of Nursing and director of Nursing and Allied Health, accepted in January the 2011 William S. Slater President's Award from William W. Backus Hospital. The award honors people and organizations that collaborate with the hospital to help improve health and quality of life in the region. According to a communications piece issued by Backus, "The President's Award includes a $10,000 gift, which will go to the Three Rivers nursing program's Veronica W. Cronin Nursing Scholarship Fund, which was established for former Dime Bank President Jim Cronin."


Three Rivers' Students Showcase Tech Capabilities at Expo
The 4th Annual Tech Expo and Sustainable Energy Fair at Three Rivers, sponsored by Continuing Education, Norwich Public Utilities, Next Generation Manufacturing Center, and SOAR (Sustainable Operations: Alternative and Renewable Energy) Grant was a tremendous success. Industry as well as educational participants attended including Solar Heat and Development Co., Coventa Energy, the University of New Haven, Lantern Energy, Partners in Healthy Communities, AgriFuels, R&W Heating, and more. [...]


TASC Center Earns Recertification
Tutoring and Academic Success Centers (TASC) at Three Rivers was officially re-certified in December 2011 by the College Reading & Learning Association’s (CCLA) International Tutor Training Program Certification (ITTPC). The credential is a mark of achievement and distinction for the Tutoring Center and tutors. The purpose of the ITTPC program is to provide recognition and positive reinforcement for tutors' successful work from an international organization, CRLA. CRLA's tutor certification process sets an internationally accepted standard of skills and training for tutors. CRLA's ITTPC has been endorsed by the Council of Learning Assistance and Developmental Education Associations (CLADEA), National Association for Developmental Education, and the Commission XVI of the American College Personnel Association.


Three Rivers Again Featured on Award-winning ATETV
In fall 2011, TRCC successfully completed a $537,000 grant which helped prepare students for the rigors of the technology programs at the College. Click on the link to see a feature on award-winning ATETV, which highlights TRCC's NSF-funded program. NSF is the National Science Foundation.


Professor Certified by Kellogg Institute
Professor Patricia Sauter this summer received certification from the prestigious Kellogg Institute. Sauter received certification as a "Developmental Education Specialist" for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators. The certification is awarded in conjunction with Appalachian State University in Boone, N.C. [...]


Now Open for Business
Community members, business leaders, politicians, and educators were on hand December 6 to cut the ribbon at the opening of a new regional office for the Connecticut Small Business Development Center (SBDC) at Three Rivers Community College. The new office will enable the SBDC to expand its services and workshop offerings to the Southeastern Connecticut small business community." [...]


Parent and Teen Empowerment Initiative Now Accepting Applications
Children First Norwich/School Readiness Council, in conjunction with Three Rivers Community College, presents Voices For Families, A Parent & Teen Empowerment Initiative. Beginning with a Saturday retreat and followed by 15 evening classes held at Three Rivers (CEU available), the curriculum includes: how to define a problem; personal skills; diversity bridges and barricades; language and writing skills; the media and packaging agenda; state and city government; board of education and the school system; and budgets, accountability and outcome expectations.

The program is now accepting applications for the class, which begins January 31, 2012. Participants can choose between Teen Leadership classes, held from 3:30 - 5:30 pm, and Parent Leadership classes, held from 5 - 8:30 pm. Classes run on Tuesdays. Dinner for both classes will be from 5 - 5:30 pm. Twenty $,1500 scholarships are available. Meals and childcare provided.
For more information contact: Sherry Filiatreault at 860-823-3782 or


Poetry Chronicles Life, Loss in Rose City
When Frederick-Douglass Knowles II, TRCC Assistant Professor of English, began writing his creative writing thesis for his Master’s degree in 2006, he wrote from what he knew: the world seen through the eyes of a young child nicknamed “Cabbage Head” growing up in Norwich. Five years and many revisions later, Knowles’ collection has grown into a manuscript. The collection, titled BlackRoseCity, was published and released this summer by Author House.

Preliminary Funds Bonded for New 500-seat Auditorium
Three Rivers Community College has received $871,531 in state bonds to help finance the design of a new auditorium and art classroom building. The auditorium was originally included in the design plans of the new college, which was renovated and constructed two years ago, however because of budget cuts it was not built. [...]


Technology Video Showcases Three Rivers' Technology Programs
A new video promoting technology was recently filmed at Three Rivers. The video is featured on Jessie McCoy, program coordinator for Three Rivers' Continuing Education and Community Services Department, spoke about retraining opportunities at Three Rivers and other community colleges.


AFE Engineering Scholarship Invests in Students and Industry
Thanks to a generous gift from the Association for Facilities Engineering (AFE), deserving engineering students at Three Rivers Community College will not have to face financial roadblocks en route to an Associate's degree and specialized job training. [...]


New Programs Jumpstart Students' Education
Two new programs, Community College Scholars Program (CCSP) and Early Access Grants Lifelong Educational Success (EAGLES), are being implemented on the Three Rivers campus. CCSP, which is funded through the Connecticut Department of Higher Education and designed to enhance students' educational success at TRCC, has gotten off to a great start on the Three Rivers campus. [...]


Three Rivers Once Again Makes History
For the second time in the college's history, the Admissions Department enrolls its five-thousandth student. [...]


TRCC Faculty Perform in Michael Bradford's "Living In The Wind"


Three Rivers Dean Honored by NAACP for Commitment to Education
Dr. Karin Edwards, Dean of Student Development and Services at Three Rivers Community College, has been chosen to receive the NAACP's Norwich Branch’s Robertsine Duncan Memorial Award for her dedication and commitment to ensuring educational opportunities for youth. [...]



Freeman Selected as Representative to Board of Directors
Ellen Freeman, director of Nursing at Three Rivers Community College, was selected as the representative of the Deans and Directors Council to the CLN Board of Directors.  As the representative, Freeman will be the liaison between the two leadership groups, assuring that the Connecticut Schools of Nursing Deans and Directors are fully informed and have a voice in the League's policies, projects and programs. [...]


Three Rivers' Redesigned Website Launched


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