MCC Foundation Kicks Off Annual Fundraiser

Meridian, Miss.
The Meridian Community College Foundation has kicked off its annual fundraising campaign for the Tuition Guarantee Program.

Board members got in the spirit with a kind of rock star luncheon Tuesday afternoon.

The foundation pays tuition for graduates of any high school in Lauderdale County to attend MCC for two years, provided they maintain at least a C average.

The foundation raises about a million dollars a year to keep the tuition guarantee in place.

"We've always felt it's a form of economic development," said Gerry Purvis, foundation board member. "The jobs of today require technical skills and we have a full array of programs at MCC. Not just the regular academic programs but hands-on type programs."

Purvis says most of the money for the Tuition Guarantee comes from local businesses who consider it an investment in the workforce.