2017-2018 College Catalog 
    Jul 21, 2024  
2017-2018 College Catalog [ARCHIVED CATALOG]

Workforce and Community Education

Three Rivers offers a wide variety of noncredit courses and programs to accommodate the academic, business, and cultural needs of the community. Courses may be offered on campus, at off-site locations within the local community and online.

Customized Business Training

Three Rivers can help you define and assess your needs as well as design and deliver complete training programs. The College’s success with business and industry training programs can help you reach your business goals. No other single source can provide you with so many different resources, conveniently, reliably and affordably.

Your business is unique; no prepackaged solution can effectively meet its needs. TRCC has the flexibility to customize our services to your specific requirements. Workshops and seminars, even courses for college credit, are planned to fit your schedule at your facility or ours. Program content is tailored to answer your specific questions and solve your problems whatever the size of your workforce.

  • Meet with us free of charge to discuss and analyze your organization’s training ideas and needs
  • Invite us to design a training solution specifically for your organization
  • Let us work with you to develop an innovative, result orientated training approach
  • Learn about the Colleges’ subject matter experts - all of whom have industry experience
  • Schedule training at your convenience.

Employers for whom TRCC has provided customized training programs are: The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance; City of Norwich; General Dynamics/Electric Boat Corp.; The Gilman Brothers; High Hopes LLC; Lawrence + Memorial Hospital; LEARN; MetroCast Telecommunications Inc.; New London & Norwich Adult Education; PCC Structural; Pfizer Inc.; Seconn Fabrication; TVCCA; Trumpf Inc.; W. W. Backus Hospital; and Westminister Tool, Inc.

Topics for which we are currently experiencing the greatest demand are manufacturing, healthcare, leadership and management development, computer-related software applications, team building and communication skills.

Three Rivers specializes in unique hybrid-courses, which combine credit, as well as noncredit classes, and many can be customized for distance learning.


TheWorkforce & Community Education Department has an open enrollment policy for noncredit programs. Noncredit registrations are accepted on a first-come, first-served basis. Due to limited seating, we encourage early registration.


Noncredit registrations will only be accepted and processed if all information is complete. You must provide the completed noncredit registration form, any prerequisite requirements (see course description), and payment in full. You will be contacted by mail or phone if the class is full.


All noncredit registrations received must be accompanied by the full amount due. Acceptable forms of payment are cash, money order, check or credit card payments (Visa, Discover, or MasterCard only). Credit card payments sent by fax or mail will be processed for the full amount of tuition and fees unless otherwise directed. A $25 returned check fee will be charged for any check not honored by a banking institution. Books and supplies are additional costs that must be paid for at the time of purchase.

Third Party Payments

If you receive tuition assistance from employers, agencies, or companies, you must submit a payment authorization on official letterhead signed by a recognized official of the organization to the Workforce Education Division. Attach that letter to your noncredit registration, mail it to our office, or fax it to (860) 215-9902.

WIA - Workforce Investment Act Funding

Are you unemployed, recently downsized, or under-employed? Three Rivers Community College offers a number of approved training programs that are funded through the Connecticut Department of Labor. Please contact your local American Job Center to see if you qualify or visit their website at www.ctdol.state.ct.us/wia to review the listing of qualifying programs.

Veterans’ Tuition Reimbursement

Please contact the Three Rivers’ Veterans Representative at 860-215-9235 for qualification requirements.

Refund Policies for Noncredit Courses

A full refund for noncredit programs will only be considered when a student drops a class up to one business day prior to the first scheduled meeting. You may submit your request to the Workforce & Community Education Department by mail, e-mail (WCEinfo@threerivers.edu), fax 860-215-9902 or phone 860-215-9028. Refunds are mailed directly to you approximately two to four weeks from the processing date. No refunds OR credit towards another program will be considered after the first class has begun.

Noncredit Course Cancellation and Changes

The College reserves the right to limit the number of students registered in any course, to cancel any courses for which there is insufficient enrollment, and to make changes in the schedule as circumstances require. Cancellations will be announced before the first day of class. A full refund of tuition will be granted if the College cancels a course and the student chooses not to substitute another course.

Continuing Education Units

The Continuing Education Unit, or CEU, is a nationally recognized standard of measurement for continuing education activities. The concept provides individuals with recognition for their efforts to update or broaden their knowledge or skills. A CEU is generally defined as being equal to 10 class hours (50-minute hours).


Official transcripts for noncredit courses are available upon written request and there is no fee charge. Please send your request to the Workforce & Community Education Department and include: the student’s full name, former names if applicable, address, date of birth, signature and social security number or student ID number, date of graduation or last term of attendance and the complete name and address of the recipient of the transcript if other than “self”. Please allow 5-7 working days for processing. Telephone requests will not be processed.

Workforce Development

Allied Health

We currently offer on-site and on-line programs in allied health. On-site allied health programs are taught on campus within a classroom setting and clinical hours are spent at local medical facilities such as rehabilitation centers and community hospitals. Our current offerings include Certified Nurse Aide, Patient Care Technician, Pharmacy Technician, Phlebotomy, EKG Technician, Dental Assisting and Veterinary Assistant.


Connecticut is one of the top three states in the country when it comes to worker productivity, manufacturing worker productivity and manufacturing worker salaries. The Eastern Advanced Manufacturing Alliance (EAMA) is comprised of over 50 manufacturing companies from eastern and southeastern Connecticut whose mission is to educate and develop manufacturing workforce. Three Rivers is proud to have EAMA as a partner in promoting and implementing educational training programs.

Professional Development

Three Rivers offers a variety of professional development in the areas of leadership skills, supervisory skills, software training, real estate, small business, health and wellness, security officer training and more.

Special Interest/Personal Enrichment

We offer a variety of personal enrichment and special interest courses throughout the year. Interest programs have included programs such as boating safety, fitness courses and other specialty classes.

Instructor-Facilitated Online Learning ED2GO®

Ed2go®, in conjunction with TRCC, offers wide variety of online courses ranging from preparatory certifications programs to personal enrichment. Every course includes an expert instructor and all can be taken from the convenience of your home or office. Our instructor-facilitated online courses are informative, fun, convenient, and highly interactive. Our instructors are famous for their ability to create warm and supportive communities of learners. It’s no wonder that many long-lasting friendships have formed in our lively and intelligent discussion areas. Courses run for six weeks (with a two-week grace period at the end). Courses are project-oriented and include lessons, quizzes, hands-on assignments, discussion areas, supplementary links, and more. You can complete any of these courses entirely from your home or office and at any time of the day or night. All courses run for six to eight weeks and are composed of 12 lessons, representing 24 or more hours of instruction. You can ask questions and give or receive advice at any time during the course.

All courses require Internet access, e-mail, and an internet browser (ex: Microsoft Internet Explorer). Some courses may have additional requirements. Visit the Online Instruction Center for more information and a complete listing of courses at www.ed2go.com/trccce.

Contact Workforce Education

For information about the noncredit programs and services of the Workforce and Community Education Department please visit us on campus Monday - Friday from 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM in room A-113, call our main office at 860-215-9028 or visit our website at http://www.trcc.commnet.ed/Div_WorkforceEducation/

Seniors’ Programs

Adventures in Lifelong Learning

Adventures in Lifelong Learning (ALL) is under the auspices of Three Rivers Community College, Workforce & Community Education Department. The program offers an extensive selection of learning enrichment courses. The noncredit programs encompass such topics as art, history, religion, politics and a myriad of other subjects. The curriculum also provides courses for entertainment, such as the classic movie series. Field trips to art galleries, studios, museums and historic edifices are also an integral part of each semester’s lifelong learning agenda.

The noncredit programs, starting in October and April of each year, are open to those who are 50 years of age and older. Registration takes place in the Fall and Spring and the cost is $15 per semester. The registration fee allows members to participate in all classes. Classes are held at the college campus. For more infomation please contact the ALL Office at 860-215-9316.