College and community officials gathered to celebrate Meridian Community College Day. Meridian Mayor Cheri Barry read a proclamation proclaiming September 13 as Meridian Community College Day, the day of MCC's 75th anniversary. What started as an extension of Meridian High now has developed to an integral part of Meridian and Lauderdale County.
MCC President Dr. Scott Elliott says, "Community colleges, the root word is community. We are the people's colleges, and we have folks come to us from all walks of life. Many of whom who have graduated from this institution and gone on to start businesses in this community and have given back, and so we're just all in this together, and we feel like we're right at the hub of our community."
Terry Williams, who has been with the college as a student or employee for the past 40 years, has seen two areas in which MCC has grown.
"One of course is the physical growth of the campus, and the involvement of the college in the community itself," says Williams, who currently serves as the physical plant director. "This campus and this faculty and staff is so involved in our community and works so well hand in hand with our community, and we're here to support them, and they support us."
Not only was this a celebration of the past 75 years for Meridian Community College, but also looking forward to the next 75 years and maintaining continued growth.
Elliott tells us, "We've been adding about a new program per year out here, so what I see are just continued growth, continued expansion of programming, so that MCC can continue to be more and more of a magnet for this community."
MCC currently serves over 4,000 students with a campus that sits on 96 acres.