JACKSON COUNTY — Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s board of trustees has approved a $5-million building project meant to boost STEM programs at the college’s Jackson County Campus.
The project, paid for with state and local funding, will renovate and add a new wing to the existing STEM building and will provide for 10,000 square feet of additional space to house classrooms and labs for additional STEM courses in science and pre-engineering. It will also provide for the building to be updated to a state-of-the-art facility that will include collaborative labs and areas for various science and technology projects.
“Because we have strong partnerships with local industries, like Ingalls Shipbuilding and Chevron Corporation, where STEM skills are vital to their workforce, we want to make sure our students are prepared to work in those areas,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president. “Additionally, the highest-paying jobs in the country are those in STEM fields, giving our students the opportunity to find great careers that will pay them well. And with Mississippi’s median income of about $38,000 per household as compared to the national average of $52,000, more students prepared for jobs in high-paying, in-demand fields will help close the income and employment gap that separates our state from the rest of the country.”