MGCCC offers on-site, college-level courses to high school seniors
South Mississippi high school students can double up to receive credit at both the high school and college levels. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College works in partnership with 14 high schools in South Mississippi to offer a variety of core courses that students will need to take in college, no matter their major.
“We want students in our four-county district to have every opportunity to attend college classes,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president. “By offering these college-level courses at their high school locations, seniors are able to get ahead and find success early on their college path.”
MGCCC offered 11 courses to high school seniors as dual credit during the 2014-2015 school year. With dual-credit courses, students are able to receive both high school and college credit for the classes they take. More than 1,200 students participated in the classes during either fall 2014 or spring 2015. The classes were offered at their high school location, so they did not have to leave campus to attend.
“MGCCC continually partners with local school districts and high schools to engage in activities of mutual educational benefit to the school districts, college, community and students,” said Dr. Jason Pugh, vice president of Teaching and Learning. “The program offers high school students the opportunity to ‘try out’ college in a convenient and familiar location before they actually begin their freshman year and has proven a successful transition for many of them, ensuring they are better prepared for college when they get to our campuses.”
Courses currently offered through the dual credit program include Art 1113, English 1113, Math 1313, Math 1323, Biology 1134, Psychology 1513, History 1163, American National Government 1113, Music 1113, Welding 1173 and Government 1113.
Schools already participating in the program include Biloxi, Gulfport, Harrison Central, D’Iberville, West Harrison, Long Beach, Pass Christian, East Central, Ocean Springs, Pascagoula, Gautier, St. Martin, Vancleave and George County.
MGCCC also offers a Dual Enrollment program that allows outstanding high school juniors and seniors to take college courses on an MGCCC campus. The college offers a variety of afternoon, evening, weekend and online courses that will fit around any schedule, and taking the classes early allows students to explore their career interests and set goals for their educational futures.