BILOXI, MS (WLOX) - The ribbon was cut Tuesday on MGCCC's new Bryant Center Nursing School, three years after the ground was broken at the site.
"It's taken a lot of patience. I will say that. We had wonderful architects, we had a great construction company and it's taken a lot of work from our employees, but we opened the doors in January and the students are just flocking in," said Dr. Mary Graham, President of the community college.
The 50,000 square foot, $12 million facility was just another step in Governor Phil Bryant's vision of creating a medical corridor like one he saw in Florida. "I dreamed of recreating that as a gulf medical city. So here we are at Traditions on the Gulf Coast opening the new nursing school. We can double the number of students that go to to the nursing school at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College," said Bryant.
The students loved the new campus. "It's a lot less stressful," said Sabrina Sharp. Her classmate, Aveon Magee agreed, "It's more convenient. It prepares us for the real world."
The students say it's not just the new facility that makes the quality education they receive possible. "I think that even though we have great equipment and great rooms, the important part about this is the instructors. They care," said Celeste Eighmey.
There are projected to be more than 500 students enrolled in the nursing program soon.