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Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, located in Perkinston, Mississippi, was founded in 1912 and was originally known as Harrison County Agricultural High School. The school first began offering college level courses in 1925 through the support of Harrison, Stone and Jackson Counties. The school was renamed Harrison-Stone-Jackson Agricultural High School and Junior College and by 1942 became a full fledged junior college with the assistance of George County. The school was again renamed, this time to Perkinston Junior College. By 1962 the Mississippi Gulf Coast Junior College District was formed, resulting in the consolidation of several campuses and schools into what became known as Mississippi Gulf Coast College in 1987. The school is the first community college to have the United State's president speak at its commencement ceremony, specifically George W. Bush in 2006.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College offers a large number of programs that allow students to pursue career training and academic transfer opportunities. The variety of options available to students allows them to choose the program that best suits their future goals.
Career training and technical programs provide students the skills and abilities necessary to enter the workforce as professionals in a given field. Students will take a combination of classroom, theoretical and practical courses that allows for the development and application of methods and ideas in controlled settings allowing students to gain experience and training in the real world applications of their knowledge. Programs take between one and two years to complete and students will earn a degree or certificate that demonstrates competency and allow for the pursuit of employment at the entry level.
Academic transfer programs assist in the completion of a bachelor's degree by allowing students to complete the first two years of a four year education at a MGCCC campus, followed by the transfer of credits to a four year institution for the completion of the final two years.Students wishing to transfer will have to meet the varying requirements for admission for their desired schools, and as such it is recommended they meet with a counselor to develop a curriculum that best meets the student's desired school or schools transfer criterion.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Enrollment at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is made easy through the school's open enrollment policy. This means that any student that meets the minimum requirements for admission, submits a completed application and pays all associated fees may become a student. Individuals should also submit transcripts and test scores if available, the absence of which may require the student to take a placement exam prior to registration. Students are encouraged to attend new student orientation and make an appointment with a counselor prior to registration to help in the choice of program enrollment and develop a curriculum.
Financial aid is available in the form of loans, grants, and scholarships. Students in need of assistance are required to complete and submit the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which will be used by the school's financial aid department to determine aid program eligibility and the financial needs of the student. Due to recent changes in federal regulations governing the disbursement of aid, students may now be chosen at random to provide additional financial information which will be used to compare to the FAFSA in order to verify its accuracy. All aid must be reapplied for prior to each academic year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $5,800. In order to calculate a more accurate and detailed cost of attendance check out their cost calculator here. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition estimates are:
- State Residents: $2,300-$2,800
- Out-of-State: $4,100-$4,975
- Charges per unit:
- State Residents: $120-$140 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $190-$230 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||86%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||82%||$4,401|
|Receiving Student Loans||23%||$4,795|
Note: The estimated default rate of students taking federal student loans in 2011 was around 23%.
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and alumni, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College may offer student services like those listed below:
- Online course work available
- Night and weekend classes available
- Remedial courses
- Career path counseling
- Work study style employment
- Employment search assistance
- Child care
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Community colleges offer a variety of career and transfer options for students. The following table shows the graduation and transfer-out rates for Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, versus those community colleges in Mississippi, which can be valuable information for determining which school to attend.
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
Campus: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Jackson County Campus
- Radiology Technician Program
- Accredited by the Joint Review Committee on Education in Radiologic Technology (since 1984)
Campus: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College - Applied Technology and Development Center
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1982)
- Find all the other nursing programs in Mississippi
- Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) Program
- Accredited by the National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1998)
Campus: Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College
- Funeral Service Education Program (more info)
- Accredited by the American Board of Funeral Service Education, Committee on Accreditation (since 1999)
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
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(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Biological and Biomedical Sciences
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Foreign Languages and Literature
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Recreation and Fitness Studies
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College.
- Pearl River Community College in Poplarville, MS (24 miles away)
- Northshore Technical Community College - Sullivan in Bogalusa, LA (42 miles away)
- John C Calhoun State Community College in Tanner, AL (55 miles away)
- Jones County Junior College in Ellisville, MS (57 miles away)
- Bishop State Community College in Mobile, AL (65 miles away)