Meridian Community College made its case for funding Monday during its annual legislative meeting.
It invited the Meridian City Council, Lauderdale County Board of Supervisors, and state lawmakers from the area to hear its annual report.
MCC'S president said community colleges are hoping to continue to be seen as priorities in the funding process.
"I believe community colleges are about as close to a panacea as we have in terms of turning around our economy in Mississippi," said MCC president, Dr. Scott Elliott. "We've got to produce more skilled workers in order to qualify for good jobs in Mississippi. And that's, again, what's going to turn around our economy."
Mississippi's fifteen junior and community colleges have around 70,000 students enrolled each year.
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