Why don’t we give students the opportunity to earn
their bachelor’s degree right here?”
MGCCC leases space on its Jefferson Davis campus
to the Mississippi University for Women for students
to finish a bachelor’s degree in culinary arts, and it
leases space on its Gautier campus to Mississippi State
University for students to earn a bachelor’s degree in
mechanical or electrical engineering.
Leasing space to these universities “helps us generate
revenue,” Graham says. “In effect, they have a satellite
campus on our facilities. But it’s also more convenient
for our students.”
TASTE OF SUCCESS
MGCCC’s nationally recognized culinary arts program is perhaps the best example of how academics
and entrepreneurship have converged to meet the
needs of students more effectively.
“We rent our hospitality space for weddings and
other events on the weekends,” Graham says. “We
generate revenue from the use of this space.” The
college also offers catering services and a restaurant
that students run as part of their training, and these
services bring in additional money for the college
while giving students valuable career experience.
The college’s Hospitality and Resort Management
(HRM) Center is a premier facility that includes
10 classrooms, two training kitchens, a production
kitchen, a demonstration kitchen, ballrooms, meeting spaces, and a student-run restaurant led by a
world-class chef, called the City Line Café. The entire
facility is strategically located on the city line of Biloxi
and Gulfport, two of the largest cities in Mississippi.
The City Line Café is a fully operational restaurant that is open to the public and provides catering
options for all groups visiting the HRM Center. The
“Our goal is to
in unique ways, so
that we are able to
keep our tuition low.”
MARY GRAHAM, president, Mississippi Gulf Coast
President Mary Graham with two
Bulldog football players. The college
has 10 intercollegiate sports programs.