Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is prominently featured in “Improving Workforce Outcomes for Rural Community College Students,” a new guide from Social Finance and Ascendium Education Group. The report shares best practices and stories for community college leaders who are wanting to build successful workforce partnerships and is based on six months of research at the nation’s rural community colleges.
“We are very proud to have two of our outstanding programs included in this national report,” said Dr. Mary S. Graham, MGCCC president. “We know that we are doing great things at MGCCC, working with business and industry partners to provide our students the best education and training. Being recognized at a national level is exciting and affirms we are leading the way both locally and nationally.”
The report states that rural community colleges hold enormous potential to yield innovative workforce programs that equip students for gainful career pathways and accelerate the equitable economic recovery our nation needs. Through innovative practices, the community colleges highlighted in the report have found successful ways to build strong workforce partnerships that provide a pipeline for students to get high-paying, in-demand jobs.
MGCCC was recognized for its ability to align on optimal structure of programs, to troubleshoot and adapt, and ensure ongoing sustainability. The Instrumentation and Controls Academy and Shipbuilding Apprenticeships were the two programs highlighted in the report.