Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is moving forward with a project that they hope will heighten the college experience.
Applause filled Gregory Hall at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus as school officials gathered to celebrate the start of a massive project. MGCCC Perkinston Campus Vice President Ladd Taylor said, “Today is an exciting day for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Perkinston Campus and the college as a whole.”
This project includes a 57,000 square foot residence hall and a 24,000 square foot student union. The new residence hall will house 206 students with study rooms, lobbies on each floor, and many other amenities.
The student union will include a banquet hall, lobby, and a dining area. MGCCC President Mary Graham said, “We have a strategic plan for the institution and so in order to carry out that plan we knew we needed to build some new facilities to expand our footprint.”
Currently the campus can house 876 students and with this upgrade that number will rise to 1,082, making it one of the largest dorms built by MGCCC to date. “When our students are laying their head down at night, we want them to feel that they have the best amenities possible and that they are safe,” said Taylor.
The college says every year they have a long waiting list for students wishing to live on campus and have that traditional collegiate experience. These new facilities come with a high demand. “Right now, we’re limited on dorm space and every fall we have to turn students away because we don’t have room in the dorms for them. This will be additional dorm spaces and we’re excited about that because a lot of students appreciate that traditional collegiate environment and we have that on the Perkinston campus,” said Graham.
Although the rain kept the ceremony confined inside, the enthusiasm still filled the chapel for this monumental day.