- Behind The Scenes
(Columbus, Miss)(WCBI) EMCC officials went before the Lowndes County Board of Supervisors Monday morning.
They were seeking support for a 15 million dollar expansion project.
The project is being done in four phases.
R. H. Brown examines all 4 phases of the master plan.
East Mississippi Community College at Mayhew has been experiencing phenomenal growth, especially in the last several years.
Now with a proposed master building plan in the works, school leaders are poised for an even brighter tomorrow.
"We currently serve approximately four thousand students at the Golden Triangle campus, the student union and food service areas that we are using now were built when the campus had just a little more than 350 students enrolled," said Paul Miller, Vice President, EMCC.
A student union building will be situated at the center of the campus.
A second phase will allow traffic to flow more smoothly.
"The parking situation on campus. As you visit universities and college campuses today, you notice that that's the trend. You try to keep the automobile traffic on the perimeters and the pedestrian traffic in the center," said Miller.
The CMTE, or Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence, which boasts of being the number one workforce delivery system in the state, will be centrally located on the new and improved school grounds.
Phase four is aimed at having students live on campus in nice new dormitories.
"We're predicting that within the next decade or so, that we are going to need to bring some level of residential services to the campus," said Miller.
Some 950 students graduated from EMCC in May of this year.