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 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.
The Montgomery Institute- The MCCF works with The Montgomery Institute to provide funding for local initiatives at the individual colleges to support the Entrepreneurial Alliance, which provides assistance to local entrepreneurs to find resources to assist in building/enhancing local businesses. Through this project, the local community college compiles and makes available resources to local businesses to assist them. These efforts are spearheaded through the "My Biz Network," begun by The Montgomery Institute and supported by the Mississippi Development Authority (MDA).
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.
The Mississippi Alternate Path to Quality Teachers program MAPQT-was initiated in the year 2002, this program has prepared approximately 2,700 individuals to be classroom teachers in Mississippi schools. Individuals who qualified for and completed this program had four-year degrees in a field other than education and have already taken and passed all parts of Praxis I /Core Academic Skills For Educators is available for those who are planning to enter a Mississippi Alternative Route Program to prepare as special education teachers.
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, preparing a total of 843 individuals to become quality school leaders; 805 (95%) of those individuals were employed in the field. Applications are being accepted through March 15, 2014, for the summer program. The 2014 summer program dates are June 2 - 25, June 2 - 3, June 9 - 13, June 16 - 20 and June 23 - 25.
Land Bank North- Beginning in 2006, Land Bank of North Mississippi has provided $500 scholarships through MCCF to each of the four colleges in their region. The scholarships are awarded to students enrolled in agriculture, forestry, business, or business administration.
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.
MS Council of Cooperatives– Since 2008, the MS Council of Cooperatives has provided $2,000 per year to MCCF to award $500 scholarships ($250/semester) to four community or junior college students of the Council’s choosing.
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 second class of 34 participants was held at the Hunter Henry Center at Mississippi State University on May 5, 2011.
The 2011 MCCLA program began on Sunday, June 26th at the Eagle Ridge Conference Center and concluded on Wednesday June 29th, 2011.
Southern AgCredit Scholarship – Beginning in 2006, Southern AgCredit (formerly Land Bank of South Mississippi) has awarded $500 scholarships through MCCF to each of the eleven colleges in their region to be awarded to students majoring in agriculture, business, or business administration.
MCCB Workforce Grant-The Mississippi Community College Board (MCCB) has provided workforce funds for both the MAPQT and MAPQSL programs since the spring of 2007. These funds flow through ECCC to the MCCF for reimbursement of expenses incurred in the training of MAPQT and MAPQSL participants. These funds have allowed the MAPQT/MAPQSL programs to reach individuals who wish to become productive citizens in the area of education.