Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College has enjoyed tremendous success for the past 100 years, and we are pleased to celebrate our legacy of excellence. As the 12th president, an immediate goal was to lead a strategic planning process essential for the development of our Strategic Plan 2020. Gaining national recognition as a Top 10 community college, we will continue the momentum of our rich history and tradition. This blueprint will serve as the foundation for fulfilling future expectations and developing innovative ways to meet the needs of the citizens of the district.
Facing both challenges and opportunities, we examined complex issues relating to the educational attainment of our communities and the economic development of our region, state and national agendas for community college education. Strategic Plan 2020 represents a shared vision among the stakeholders of the college with specific findings from research, best practices from community colleges across the nation and guiding economic and educational trends.
Local forums with community and business leaders, employees, Board of Trustees members and alumni resulted in dynamic dialogue, reflecting the vision and commitment to serving the students in the four-county district of George, Jackson, Harrison and Stone counties. This publication showcases the trends, economic impact, goals and outcomes measures designed to demonstrate the college's institutional effectiveness.
As we plan for the future of our diverse, comprehensive institution, our commitment to academic excellence and student success will help ensure that our students have the opportunity to achieve their dreams and goals. Providing access and a supportive learning environment are benchmarks critical in reaching new heights. I personally appreciate all of our community and college stakeholders, and especially the MGCCC Board of Trustees for contributions to Strategic Plan 2020.
Dr. Mary S. Graham, President
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College