Dec 06, 2022  
2022-2023 Academic Catalog 
    
2022-2023 Academic Catalog

Introduction and Information



Welcome from the President

Whether you are entering college for the first time, transferring from another institution, coming back to finish something you started, re-training for a new opportunity, or formulating a new vision for your future, the best choice you can make is Meridian Community College. Our faculty and staff are well-qualified, excellent, and absolutely committed to helping you meet your educational goals.

We have long been known for our outstanding academic transfer program. For decades, in fact, our students have been among the most successful transfer students in Mississippi. The quality of teaching at MCC helps expand horizons and open doors, and we’re proud of our track record of excellence. Whether you need courses that help you adjust to the higher education environment or are a high-performing student with an interest in our well-regarded Honors Program, our instructors are focused on helping you meet your educational goals.

Similarly, students who come to MCC with a desire to enter the workforce find incredible opportunities in healthcare-related fields, manufacturing-focused programs, and a wide array of career-technical areas that will expose them to career opportunities in our community, our state, and our region. Besides having excellent credentials, our instructors have real-world experiences that can make learning at MCC particularly relevant.

This catalog is an important document that outlines many significant aspects of the MCC experience, and I encourage you to take time to become familiar with its contents. You are bound to have questions. When you do, I encourage you to visit with members of our faculty or staff. We will work to help you discover the information you need to make the best choices for your future.

As the President of Meridian Community College, I am convinced you can find what you need to move you forward right here in Meridian, Mississippi.

Go Eagles!

Thomas M. Huebner, Jr., Ph.D.

President

Need More Information?

Meridian Community College seeks to serve this community in the best way possible. The people listed below can assist prospective students in accessing information. Inquiries may be sent to Meridian Community College, 910 Highway 19 North, Meridian, MS 39307-5890. The telephone number is 601-483-8241 or toll free 1-800-MCC-THE-1. The fax number is 601-484-8701 (Hardin Hall) or 601-484-8635 (Ivy-Scaggs Hall).

Academic Programs Michael Thompson
Vice President for Academic Affairs
Admissions Ashley Tanksley
Director of Admissions
Adult Education/GED Jennifer Whitlock
Adult Education Director
Advising/Registration Kimberly Rush
Associate Dean of Advising, Retention, and Student Success
Arts and Letters Series Susie Johnson
Director
Athletic Programs Sander Atkinson
Athletic Director
Business Office Drew Edwards
Special Assistant to the President for Finance/ CFO
Campus Life Malerie Guest
Student Activities Coordinator
Career and Technical Programs/ Workforce Education Joseph Knight
Vice President for Workforce Solutions
Career Development Center Katrina Garrett
Career Center Director
College Communications Leia Hill
Vice President for Institutional Advancement; Executive Director of the Meridian Community College Foundation
Disabled Student Services Edwina Jeanette Howell 
Special Populations Coordinator
eLearning Dr. Kelley Gonzales
Associate Vice President for Technology
Financial Aid Nedra Bradley
Financial Aid Director
Fitness Center Wade Heggie
Fitness Center Director
Honors College Candace Rainer
Morgan Boothe
Co-Directors
Library Services Doug Jernigan
Library Director
Lifetime Quest Marmion Francis
Diane Wells
Co-Coordinators
MCC Foundation Leia Hill
Vice President for Advancement; Executive Director of the Meridian Community College Foundation
Parent Services & Student Support Nedra Bradley
Executive Direcgtor of Parent Services & Student Support
Publications, Public Relations Kay Thomas
Director of Public Information
Recruitment Mandy Hurtt
Director of Recruiting
Residence Life Reggie Davis
Director of Residence Life and Housing
Scholarships Lauren Stokes
State Grants/Scholarships Coordinator
Single Parent/Homemaker Services La’Shonda Grady
Career and Technical Support Services Coordinator
Student Success Center Lowell Martin
Success Center Director
Transcripts Deborah Oldham
Registrar
Workforce Grants and Development Lucy Lamberth
Director of Workforce Grants and Development

History of Meridian Community College

Founded in 1937 as the “13th and 14th grades” at Meridian High School, Meridian Community College is the only one of Mississippi’s 15 public community colleges to originate through the initiative of a local school system. MCC began as the vision of Dr. H.M. Ivy (1884-1977), superintendent of the Meridian Separate School District in the 1930s. The College, then known as Meridian Junior College, operated at Meridian High School until 1965 when the College moved to its present location.

After the closure of T.J. Harris Junior College as a result of a federal court order to the Meridian Public School System in 1970, more than 400 students and faculty joined the MJC campus from Harris that year.

Meridian Junior College made its final break with Meridian Public Schools by establishing its own district and Board of Trustees in 1980.

As part of its 50th anniversary celebration, the College changed its name to Meridian Community College to more accurately reflect its mission and the diversity of opportunities it provides for a growing community area.

Dr. William F. “Bill” Scaggs became MCC’s first official president in 1968 and served in that capacity until the fall of 1998. Under Dr. Scaggs’ leadership, the College engaged in an impressive capital improvements program, adding several buildings to its physical plant and continuously expanding its Career and Technical Education and academic programs. He guided the establishment of The MCC Foundation and became one of the state’s leaders in educational technology. Upon Dr. Scaggs’ retirement, MCC’s baseball facility was named “William F. Scaggs Field” in recognition of not only his considerable contributions to the College, but also his abiding love for the national pastime.

Mission of Meridian Community College

Meridian Community College is dedicated to improving the quality of life of our local and global communities by serving their diverse intellectual, cultural, and occupational needs through higher education. We offer campus-based and distance learning experiences leading to certificates, associate degrees, and university transfer, as well as adult education, workforce training, and personal and cultural enrichment which foster an appreciation for lifelong learning.

Accreditation

Meridian Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges (SACSCOC) to award the Associate in Arts and the Associate of Applied Science Degrees. Questions about the accreditation of Meridian Community College may be directed in writing to the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097, by calling 404-679-4500, or by using information available on SACSCOC’s website (www.sacscoc.org).

MCC holds membership in the American Association of Community Colleges, the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges Conference, the Mississippi Association of Colleges, and the Southern Association of Colleges with Associate Degrees. Additionally, MCC is officially recognized by various occupational accrediting agencies; refer to specific programs of study for programmatic accreditation information.