Encouraging and networking

Damarcus Oliver, left, and Rhonda Smith, MCC adult education transition specialist and recruiter, greet at the Meridian Area Governor’s Job Fair. MCCers gather at the Mississippi State Capitol to meet with legislators about funding the state’s community colleges. 

Meridian Community College students, faculty, and staff members got into legislative action by visiting Mississippi lawmakers during the College’s Capitol Day.The MCCers advocated for community colleges because of the critical role community colleges play in higher education. Brandi Pickett, MCC wellness and fitness division coordinator and instructor, serves as a Mississippi Faculty Staff Association officer. Legislators Tyler McCaughn, Jeff Tate, Rod Hickman, and Charles Young visited with the MCC group to discuss the appropriation process.According to the Mississippi Community College Board statistics, about 64,000 students attended the 15 Mississippi public community colleges in the fall of 2021. There are more than 250 programs of study throughout the system.