MGCCC Gautier Campus Sees Boost In Enrollment

The cash registers are working overtime at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College Gautier book store. Hundreds of new student have made the lines long to buy this semesters text books. The Jackson County Campus has 335 more students enroll this fall.

School Vice President Dr. Houshang Moradmand says they expected an increase in students because of higher cost at the state's four-year universities. But the 12 percent increase was than he expected.

"Even though we had a hundred dollars a semester increase in cost, Community Colleges are still the best buy," Dr. Moradmand said.

Several first-year nursing students agree.

"Tuition has gone up around Mississippi," nursing student Erica Hill said. "That's the reason I think the population has increased."

School officials expect this increase to roll over to next semester. Gulf Coast officials also credit a new advertising and publicity campaign along with on-line registration for the enrollment increases.