All 15 colleges in the Mississippi Association of Community Colleges system plan to resume traditional operations and classes on their campuses this fall, according to a statement issued today by the MACC President’s Association.
“There is a great deal of anticipation about reopening our respective colleges this fall,” said Southwest Mississippi Community College President Dr. Steve Bishop, who will soon begin a term as MACC president.
“Along with much excitement about getting back to campus, all of our colleges are taking the proper precautions to help keep our students, faculty, staff and visitors safe and healthy,” he added. “We look forward to continuing our long tradition of excellence as we provide quality education and training opportunities for our citizens.”
“We are excited to have our new and returning students back on campus this fall,” said Dr. Michael Heindl, Northwest Mississippi Community College president. “The safety of our students and staff is of the utmost importance to us, so we are implementing specific protocols with guidance from the CDC and Mississippi Department of Health to keep the learning, living and working environments on our campuses as safe as possible.”
The MACC system was forced to move to all online operations in mid-March due to COVID-19. Since that time, each community college in the state has organized committees and established protocols to safely restart traditional activities at their campuses.
Individual colleges will announce updated operational hours and procedures in the coming weeks.
The MACC is made up of Coahoma Community College, Copiah-Lincoln Community College, East Central Community College, East Mississippi Community College, Holmes Community College, Hinds Community College, Itawamba Community College, Jones College, Meridian Community College, Mississippi Delta Community College, Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College, Northeast Mississippi Community College, Northwest Mississippi Community College, Pearl River Community College and Southwest Mississippi Community College.