MGCCC & MDOT partner in Transportation Alternatives Program

From left: Dr. Michael Heidel, MGCCC vice president of Finance and Administration; Dr. Mary Graham, MGCCC president; Tom King, MDOT Southern District commissioner; Dr. Susan Scaggs, MGCCC vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management; and Dr. Ladd Taylor, Perkinston Campus vice president.

From left: Dr. Michael Heindl, MGCCC vice president of Finance and Administration; Dr. Mary Graham, MGCCC president; Tom King, MDOT Southern District commissioner; Dr. Susan Scaggs, MGCCC vice president of Student Services and Enrollment Management; and Dr. Ladd Taylor, Perkinston Campus vice president.

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College is partnering with the Mississippi Department of Transportation (MDOT) on a road-construction project that will improve pedestrian walkways at the college’s Perkinston Campus and surrounding areas.  The partnership is part of the Transportation Alternatives Program, a grant-based initiative that goes toward providing a walking path, pedestrian bridges, benches, lighting and other enhancements that will connect the college’s art center with nearby Perkinston Elementary School.

MDOT Southern Highway District Commissioner Tom King presented a check for $348,000 to college president Dr. Mary Graham on June 16 at the college’s Perkinston Campus.  “This not only benefits the college, but also the community,” King said.

MGCCC president Dr. Mary Graham added that the project falls right in line with the college’s Strategic Plan 2020.  She said, “At Gulf Coast, providing access and a supportive learning environment are benchmarks critical in reaching new heights. This investment supports economic development by offering transportation choices, promoting walkability and improving the quality of life.”

Kathy McAdams is an award-winning journalist who has worked at weekly newspapers in Mississippi and the Press-Register in Mobile, Ala. A native of Gulfport, McAdams attended Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, William Carey University, the University of South Alabama and The University of Southern Mississippi. She has a Bachelor of Arts degree in communications and journalism and a master's degree in education and English. She has worked at Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College since 2005.