Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) is a two year community college in Mississippi. The college was founded as a high school in 1912, then began offering junior college courses in 1925. Today, it’s one of the largest community colleges in the state of Mississippi.
The college has four campuses and four additional learning centers: the main campus in Perkinston; the Jackson County campus in Gautier; the Jefferson Davis campus in Gulfport; the Community campus, which does not have a physical center; the Applied Technology and Development Center in Gulfport; the George County Center in Lucedale; the West Harrison County Center in Long Beach; and the Keesler Center on Keesler Air Force Base in Biloxi.
Academic Transfer Programs
Many of the students at MGCCC use their work at the college to springboard into four-year schools. Academic, transfer preparation programs include Architectural Technology, Art, Art Education, American Studies, Business Education, Computer Science, Construction Engineering Technology, Criminal Justice, Elementary Education, Engineering, Fire Science Technology, Industrial Engineering Technology, Interior Design, Mathematics, Mechanical Engineering Technology, Medical Record Administration, Medical Technology, Music, Occupational Therapy, Optometry, Pharmacy, Physical Therapy, Science Education, Secondary Education, Special Education, and Veterinary Science.
Career programs at MGCCC include Auto Collision Repair Technology, Automotive Technology, Commercial/Residential Maintenance, Commercial Truck Driving, Cosmetology, Electrical Lineman Apprentice, Electrical Technology, Food Production and Management Technology, General Drafting Technology, Heating and Cooling Technology, Landscape management Technology, Machine Tool Technology, and Welding.
Learning Resources Center
The Learning Resources Center on each campus houses the library, media center, and learning skills center. Tutors are available on a walk-in and appointment basis for help with math, English, reading, accounting, science, and study skills.
Mississippi Tech Prep
Like many community colleges, MGCCC has a program to welcome high school students into college work before their graduation, Mississippi Tech Prep. Academic education and vocational education are intertwined in the program, helping students make the connections between their work and its meaning in the wider world around them.
Lifelong Learning Institute
Mature adults interested in continuing education can join the Lifelong Learning Institute. For a modest annual fee, members can attend monthly luncheon lectures, participate in community service together, and go on a number of educational trips. Members also get student rates at MCGGG athletic events, theatre performances, music shows, and wellness centers. They receive borrowing privileges at the college libraries, health screenings from nursing students, and on-campus parking permits.
The libraries contain more than 100,000 volumes. They are linked to several electronic research databases and libraries throughout Mississippi through interlibrary loan programs for virtually unlimited research possibilities for MGCCC students. The library provides academic support services, including individual instruction and small group instruction with professional tutors; technological supports for learning math, science, accounting, writing, and study skills.
In addition to the standard resources of any college library, there are a large number of electronic databases available for student research at the college, including an extensive classical music collection, the Gale Literary Index, a jazz music library, and an anatomy video series for health program students.
Academic Service Learning
Academic Service Learning combines classroom learning, personal interest, and community service. Students participating in the program receive credit for their work in college-approved community organizations and bring their experiences back to the classroom for further reflection.
Most Popular Fields of Study
In keeping with their mission as a community college, admissions at MGCCC are open to anyone with a high school diploma or its equivalent who wishes to study in higher education. There are a few prerequisites for health-related programs not shared by the other programs at the college. It is necessary to undergo substance testing and a criminal background history check in order to enrol in these programs. Health programs at MGCCC include Emergency Medical Technician/Paramedic, Medical Billing and Coding, Medical Laboratory Technology, Medical Office Technology, Associate Nursing, LPN to RN Transition, Practical Nursing, Radiologic Technology, Respiratory Care Technology, and Surgical Technology.
International Students Admissions
MGCCC also welcomes international students. To apply, students should have the equivalent of a U.S. high school education and send their application in with academic transcripts, proof of immunization, proof of medical insurance, negative tuberculosis test, and proof of English proficiency. Students who do not otherwise prove English proficiency should send a Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) score—CBC requires a score of at least 525 on the paper test, 195 on the computer test, or 69 on the internet test.
In addition to the usual range of federal financial aid options open to any college or university student in the United States, students at MGCCC generally qualify to apply for a Mississippi Resident Tuition Assistance Grant and/or a Mississippi Eminent Scholars Grant. The college also offers several of their own unique academic scholarships.
Student Financial Aid Details
Clubs and Organizations
There are a large number of student groups at MGCCC, including several honors clubs, music groups, religious organizations, art groups, political organizations, professional interest groups, and social groups. Clubs and organizations are regulated by the Student Government Association (SGA).
A staff of professional counsellors at MGCCC strive to meet the needs of students as they find their way through higher education. Student services include college orientation for first-year students, placement testing, career counselling, personal counselling, veterans educational services, and financial aid counselling.
The Student Center on the main campus contains several food and drink machines. The Cyber Café is located next to the Student Center and provides wireless internet access for students doing work while on campus.
Veteran Student Services Office
MGCCC prides itself on being a military-friendly school. The college maintains a Veteran Student Services office to provide veterans, reservists, and the dependents of veterans and reservists with assistance in accessing the educational benefits which are features of their contracts with the military. Benefits of the Montgomery GI Bill, Veteran’s Educational Assistance Program (VEAP), GI Bill-Selected Reserve (REAP), Post 9/11 GI Bill, Survivors’ and Dependents’ Educational Assistance Program (DEA), and Vocational Rehabilitation are all processed through the Veteran Student Services Office. Trained counsellors are on-call to assist with any applications or other necessary details of helping veterans access their educational benefits.
Gulf Coast Youth Leadership Program
The Gulf Coast Youth Leadership Program is a one-year program with the goal of identifying and developing youth leadership in the community. The program offers high school juniors opportunities in personal development, community relations, government practices, and business and economic development. Participants attend presentations, field trips, mentorship projects, and participate in teamwork situations. Projects include a ropes challenge course, a trip to the Mississippi legislature, and a community service project.
Volunteer/Service Learning Center
The Volunteer/Service Learning Center organizes opportunities to participate in environmental and social action initiatives around the Gulf coast. The office keeps a list of reputable local organizations to connect students with volunteer assignments that best fit their interests and abilities.
Student Enrollment Demographics
The athletic department at MGCCC is known as the Bulldogs. The Bulldogs compete in the NJCAA and the Mississippi Community College Athletic Conference. Competitive intervarsity sports include football, baseball, basketball, soccer, softball, tennis, and golf.
Intramural sports and recreation include the annual superstars fitness competition, basketball, volleyball, badminton, tennis, softball, whiffle ball, swimming, ping pong, canoeing, and a variety of sports clinics.
Well-known alumni at MGCCC include running back Dantrell Savage, athlete and celebrity entertainer Jonathan Aldridge, nose tackle Terrence Cody, linebacker Eltoro Freeman, and defensive back Demond Washington.
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