Quality of Life - Education
The Mississippi Gulf Coast’s higher-learning institutions provide a pool of existing workforce and stand ready to train a workforce to meet business and industry’s needs. Two Gulf Coast universities offer opportunities to earn both undergraduate and graduate degrees. The University of Southern Mississippi Gulf Coast has one main campus and five teaching and research sites along the coast supporting education needs of the local community. William and Carey’s Tradition Campus, a private institution in Harrison County, is the other university offering higher-learning opportunities. Also, at NASA’s Stennis Space Center is the Center of Higher Learning houses four different universities and one community college all offering courses towards degrees and certificates.
The community colleges in the three Gulf Coast counties traditionally offer more career and technical programs that prepare students to have the skills to meet the regional workforce needs with certification’s and two-year degrees. What’s more, is the community colleges can provide customized on-site training to meet a particular business’s needs. Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College (MGCCC) is the largest of the coast’s community colleges, with its main campus in Harrison County and a satellite campus in Jackson County. In Hancock County, Pearl River Community College has a satellite center to train the community’s students.
The Gulf Coast’s K-12 education offers some of the best options in the entire state of Mississippi. Seven of the ten school districts have a performance rank of high-performing, Mississippi’s second-highest ranking. Pass Christian School District in Harrison County received the state’s highest perfect ranking of Star and is one of only three in the state to do so.