PERKINSTON, MS (WLOX) - Students at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College’s Perkinston Campus will soon have a new place to stay.
The heavy rainfall didn’t stop the school from holding a groundbreaking ceremony for a new residence hall. The 57,000 square-foot hall will feature 103 rooms, study rooms and updated amenities.
School president Dr. Mary Graham says the new facilities will boost student involvement and success.
“Studies have shown that student who live in the dorm and participate in collegiate life are more likely to finish what they started, to complete and to graduate,” said Dr. Graham.
Randy Leverette, a student at MGCCC, believes the new dorm will give him and his peers more access to campus resources.
“They will have teachers literally right there, a two minute walk, versus people from Gulfport with a twenty-five, twenty minute drive,” he said.
The Perkinston campus will also get a new student union, complete with a banquet hall, a covered porch and a dining hall with seating for 600.
The new facilities are slated for completion in late 2019.