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Three Rivers' Redesigned Website Launched

In July, Three Rivers Community College officially launched its redesigned and updated website, The college is confident that faculty, staff and students will benefit from the streamlined navigation.

The new site features Server Side Includes (SSI), a technology that allows web pages to be assembled and displayed only when a student, community member or faculty member clicks to view the page. SSI allows pages to take up less storage space and display faster in computer browsers than standard static web pages.

New and returning students will enjoy the clearer focus of the new site. Every college page now features buttons for Apply, Register, Tuition, Course, and myCommNet buttons.

"We definitely had students and the community in mind when we started talking about redesigning our website," noted Kem Barfield, Three Rivers director of Distance Learning. "Because the pages are extraordinarily information-rich, college web sites can be difficult to navigate. In the design of the site we have devoted real attention to getting people the pages they need as quickly as possible."

Prospective Student, Current Student, and Community user pages have been added to provide links to users in their interest areas. The standard top navigation has rollover, drop-down menus which allow people to jump from the home page directly to many of our subpages. Links to many of the college's most-used pages are available on all pages via a rollover menu called Quicklinks.

To keep abreast of the latest technology, the revamped web site integrates many of the necessary technological components now instrumental in teaching. Instructors and staff who use social media to communicate with and teach students will enjoy a page that connects students and the community to various projects such as the College's public iTunes U site, the Three Rivers Facebook page, a Twitter page where frequent short messages about the college are sent throughout the year, Advisor Chat in Meebo, Tributary (the college news blog), as well as various other official college blogs.

The site also features pages for the emeriti of Three Rivers, including the former Mohegan Community College and the Thames Valley Technical College. Credential information, pictures and quotes from the emeriti are included.

Three Rivers worked closely with Norwich-based Miranda Creative in conceptualizing the design.

"Miranda Creative is honored to have partnered with Three Rivers on the development of this new site, providing the graphic interface and style sheets that the Three Rivers team then integrated/programmed into a live site," Maria Miranda, creative director and founder of Miranda Creative, said. "We are long-standing fans of the college as students, intern hosts, and employer. Therefore, working on this site was like working with extended family."

According to Three Rivers' president Dr. Grace S. Jones, the time was ideal for the launch.

"We've settled into our new facility and have streamlined our processes for serving the southeastern Connecticut population," she said. "It was time to turn our efforts to the website. I'm thrilled that it now reflects our modern, state-of-the-art capabilities."

Thanks to everyone who helped coordinate the redesign of the site, particularly the Website Task Committee.



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