MGCCC opens new STEM building at Jackson County Campus

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GAUTIER, Miss. (WXXV) — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College held an opening ceremony for their newly renovated STEM building in Jackson County on Tuesday.

One of the major projects of Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s 2020 strategic plan is now a reality. MGCCC President Dr. Mary Graham said, “This building is designed to teach Science Technology Engineering and Math, those are fields that are very prevalent in the Jackson County Area, and certainly in our four-county district.”

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Leaders cut the ribbon on the newly renovated and expanded STEM building on the Jackson County campus. The over 91,000 square foot facility replaces older facilities on the campus with brand new learning spaces.

From biology labs to brand new study rooms, the facility has areas for both faculty and students to utilize state-of-the-art equipment. “We felt compelled to make sure that again we provided the state-of-the-art resources to allow them to learn in these wonderful facilities and to have the latest and greatest equipment.”

Biology Instructor Lynn Zimmerman says these new workspaces help her better prepare students for STEM careers, especially in Jackson County and beyond. “Being able to do in the lab gel electrophoresis and things like that is really opening up their view of what’s available to them.”

As both STEM fields and MGCCC continue to grow, college officials hope this building will be at the forefront at the growth. “New facilities really enhance that opportunity, so we are launching Strategic Plan 2030, so we’re looking at the next ten years, so there’s more to come. More exciting things to come.”