MGCCC Expanding, Despite Katrina Setbacks

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is forging ahead with expansion plans, despite setbacks caused by Katrina.

The Jeff Davis campus in Gulfport was the hardest hit. Enrollment at the school, dropped by about 1200 students, but construction projects are on schedule.

A new Childcare Technology Center is going up, and will open in October. Crews are also re-doing the parking lot. And plans are in the works to use 36-acres of property, on the Biloxi side of DeBuys Road, to expand the campus.

"In the planning stages, a resort, it's a hospitality-resort training facility, focusing on the hospitality industry right here in Harrison County, trying to help those industries and trying to help out people be trained to work in those fields," MGCCC President Dr. Willis Lott said.

Dr. Lott predicts it will take another three years for the college to fully recover.

The college is conducting a scholarship campaign, and hitting the road in a mobile unit to recruit students.