The Mississippi Community College Foundation (MCCF)- was incorporated on October 21, 1986 as the Mississippi Junior College Economic Development Foundation, Inc. Its purpose was to promote, encourage and assist all forms of education, research and economic development conducted by the fifteen community and junior colleges in the state of Mississippi by receiving, soliciting, accepting and administering funds for educational purposes. Although the dynamics of education have changed significantly over the last two decades of its existence, the purpose continues to be vital to the welfare of the citizens of Mississippi.
The MCCF qualifies as a 501 (c) (3) organization so that any person or group who makes contributions to the Foundation will receive a tax credit for the contribution.
The MCCF is committed to the furtherance of the individual and collective missions of the Mississippi community and junior colleges and the Mississippi Community College Board. It strives to enhance the educational opportunities for Mississippians, thus enhancing the individual services of its member institutions through collective and unified activities. To accomplish these goals, financial support is sought from public and private sources to improve the colleges and better serve their students.
Programs we offer- Through the various programs administered over the past two decades, the MCCF has had a tremendous impact on many individuals throughout the state and has consequently had a very positive influence on the state as a whole. A list of those programs follows:
Rural Health Corps- Federally funded from 1992-2006, the Mississippi Rural Health Corps provided scholarships to more than 4,000 nursing and allied health students at Mississippi’s fifteen community and junior colleges. The funding enabled 227 faculty members to upgrade their degrees to M.S. or B.S., and provided support to the colleges for several hundred faculty salaries each year. Almost $20 million in federal funds was received from 1992 to 2006, and the colleges reported expenditures of over $6 million of "non-federal" matching funds.
The Mississippi Community College Sports Hall of Fame- was conceived in the interest of recognizing coaches and athletes who have coached and/or played in one or more of Mississippi's public community or junior colleges. Forty-five (45) individuals were inducted as Charter Members in 2007, thirty (30) were inducted in 2008, and fifteeen (15) will be inducted each year thereafter, one inductee from each member college.
2014 Sports Hall of Fame Inductees
Mississippi Land Bank - Beginning in 2006, Mississippi Land Bank has provided $500 scholarships through MCCF to each of the four colleges in their region, in addition to providing a fifth $500 scholarship to East Central Community College, beginning in 2013. The scholarships are awarded to students in good standing or incoming freshman enrolled in an area of Agriculture, Forestry, Business, or Business Administration. Recipients who continue to comply with the selection criteria are elligible for consideration any other year.
The Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality Teachers program MAPQT-
is an alternative route to teacher licensure sponsored by the Mississippi Community College Foundation and approved by the Mississippi Department of Education. This program is designed as an alternative teacher training track for those who desire to become a classroom instructor. Candidates must hold a bachelor's degree, pass CORE and Praxis II in specific subject areas.
The Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality School Leadership program MAPQSL - was initiated in 2005 and patterned after the Quality Teacher program. It has been very successful, reparing over 900 individuals to become quality school leaders. Applications are being accepted through March 16, 2015, for the summer program. The 2015 summer program dates are June 1-2, June 8-11, June 15-19, June 22 - 25.
Mississippi Automotive Wholesalers Scholarship - Awards $500 scholarships to two Mississippi Community and Junior College students and may be retained by the recipients for two years (four consecutive semesters) provided they maintain full-time enrollment in an automotive field of study and maintained a 2.5 GPA. The scholarship is funded through monies deposited in the Mississippi Community College Foundation (MCCPF) in January 2002 and transferred to the MCCF in March 2004 upon dissolution of the MCCPF. The recipients are selected by the Mississippi Community College Board Carreer and Technical Education Department, and scholarship funds are issued to the colleges by MCCF.
MS Association of Supervisors Scholarship –The MS Association of Supervisors provides a $300 annual scholarship through MCCF to three students in each of the 82 Mississippi counties.
The Mississippi Community College Leadership Academy MCCLA-was developed in the spring of 2009 to address the projected need for upper level leaders in the Mississippi community college system. Participants receive a total of thirty (30) contact hours of instruction in June and an additional thirty-six (36) hours of instruction in two other sessions during the year. In addition, the participants are responsible for completing reading and research assignments between sessions. Graduation for the fifth class of 38 participants was held at the Hunter Henry Center at Mississippi State University on May 8, 2014.
The 2014 class of MCCLA program
began on Sunday, June 29th at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center with 35 participants.
MCCB Workforce Grant- The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) provides workforce funds for MAPQSL program. These funds flow through East Central Community College to the MCCF and reimburse direct training expenses incurred in the training of MAPQSL participants. These funds have allowed the MAPQSL program to reach individuals who wish to become productive citizens in the area of education.
The Millennium Report- Published in 1993, following extensive research on the workforce needs of the state, The Millennium Report was the basis of the state Workforce Act of 1994. Since 2002, 300,000 individuals have been trained annually, with a peak number of 456,161 trained in 2007.