PERKINSTON, Miss. (WLOX) - Some Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College students will start their spring semester with a brand new place to call home.
Thursday, school leaders officially opened a new, 57,331-square-foot residence hall at the Perkinston campus, which can house up to 206 students. Administrators said the $15 million project was funded by county district supervisors from Harrison, Stone, Jackson and George counties.
As soon as the ribbon was cut, eager student began moving in. Resident Assistant Nejai Spencer was excited to move in after feeling stuck in her house due to COVID-19. She’s looking forward to enjoying time away from home and with her peers, instead.
“It’s good that we all can stay on campus; we don’t have to be home. We can have some real type of interaction with other students during the whole COVID, and everything,” said Spencer.
MGCCC President Mary Graham explained that student interaction, getting the full college experience, and recruiting more students were the goals of the residence hall.
“We’re always looking to bring in more students. You know, it’s important that people know that they can get that traditional college experience within 30 minutes of their home,” said Graham.
The new residence hall created more opportunities and more responsibilities for Spencer.
“I’ve been pretty busy around here dealing with being an RA and being a regular student at the same time. Then, still having school, friends and whatever else goes on,” said Spencer.
Spring classes start Monday, but the college is still accepting students for enrollment. Learn more at https://mgccc.edu/enroll/registration/