Cape College Center Operating Agreement Extended

Cape College Center signingOfficials with the partnering institutions in the Cape College Center — previously known as the Cape Girardeau Partnership for Higher Education — today signed a memorandum of understanding extending the operating agreement for the facility at the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center (CTC).

Signing the agreement were Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Steve Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College; Dr. Wes Payne, president of Three Rivers College; and Dr. Rich Payne, director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center. Also in attendance were Gil Kennon, vice president/career and technical education dean of Mineral Area College; Dr. Mary Lou Brown, vice president of academic and student services at Three Rivers College; Dr. Karl Kunkel, provost at Southeast Missouri State University; and Dr. Gerald McDougall, associate provost for extended learning at Southeast.

It is evident the Cape College Center is serving the post-secondary needs of the region that would otherwise not be served,” Vargas said. “This agreement reflects the interests of the collaborating institutions to better meet the higher education needs in the Cape Girardeau area and underscores the commitment of the four institutions to continue to serve those unmet post-secondary needs and provide education opportunities in this region.”

The operating agreement signed today extends the initial three-year operating agreement which had expired.

The Cape College Center is an open enrollment higher education center providing community college-type services to the citizens of Cape Girardeau County and the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center service region. The Cape College Center service region includes the Advance, Cape Girardeau, Chaffee, Delta, Jackson, Leopold, Oak Ridge, Scott City, Scott County (Benton) and Woodland public school districts.

Course work is offered by Southeast and Three Rivers, and is applicable to an Associate of Arts degree offered by Three Rivers. All courses applicable to the Associate of Arts are transcripted at Southeast and Three Rivers at the end of each semester. Mineral Area College provides the technical portion of all Associate of Applied Science degree programs offered at the CTC.

The Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center is breaking ground this week on a new 25,000-square-foot building that will house the Cape College Center and the CTC’s physical therapy assistant program. The new building will be adjacent to the current Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center facility at 1080 S. Silver Springs Road. Cape Girardeau voters approved a bond issue in spring 2015 to fund construction of the new building along with renovations at Cape Junior High School.

For admission, advisement and enrollment assistance at the Cape College Center, contact Tinea Ortega, academic advisor, at (573) 332-0516 or tortega@semo.edu.

 

Photo Caption:  from left are Dr. Wes Payne, president of Three Rivers College; Dr. Carlos Vargas, president of Southeast Missouri State University; Dr. Rich Payne, director of the Cape Girardeau Career and Technology Center; and Dr. Steve Kurtz, president of Mineral Area College.