May 22, 2024  
2023-2024 Academic Catalog 
    
2023-2024 Academic Catalog

Introduction and Information



Welcome from the President

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. 

Meridian Community College has long been known for outstanding university transfer programs. 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 Phil Hardin Honors Program, our instructors are focused on helping you meet your educational goals.

Similarly, if you enter MCC with a desire to earn a certificate or credential that will allow you to enter the workforce, incredible opportunities in healthcare-related fields, manufacturing-focused programs, and a wide array of career-technical areas will open doors to career opportunities in our community, our state, and our region. In addition to excellent teaching credentials, our instructors have real-world experience that can make learning at MCC relevant and meaningful. 

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. I encourage you to review our website, schedule a trip to campus, talk to our students and alumni, and visit with members of our faculty and 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 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

Deborah Oldham, Director of Admissions & Registrar

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 of Arts and Letters

Athletic Programs

Sander Atkinson, Athletic Director

Business Office

Drew Edwards, Vice President for Financial Services/CFO

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 Foundation

CTE Support Services/Accessibility Services

Edwina Jeanette Howell, CTE Support Services Coordinator/Accessibility Services

eLearning

Dr. Kelley Gonzales, Associate Vice President for Technology

Financial Aid

Whitney Stevens, Director of Financial Aid

Fitness Center

Wade Heggie, Director of Fitness Center

Honors College

Candace Rainer and Morgan Boothe, Co-Directors

Housing and Student Activities

Kelli Wallace, Director of Housing and Student Activities

Library Services

Kristi Williamson, Library Director

Lifetime Quest

Courtney Pitts,Coordinator

MCC Foundation

Leia Hill, Vice President for Instituional Advancement; Executive Director of the Foundation

Parent Services & Student Support

Nedra Bradley, Executive Director of Parent Services & Student Support

Publications/Public Relations

Kay Thomas, Director of Public Information

Recruitment

Mandy Hurtt, Director of Recruiting

Scholarships

Lauren Stokes, State Grants/Scholarships Coordinator

Single Parent/Homemaker Services

Wendy Cox, Support Services Coordinator

Student Success Center

Lowell Martin, Success Center Director

Transcripts

Deborah Oldham, Director of Admissions & 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 that 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 and Certificates. 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.