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Whether it’s gas money or a ride to class, they want to help MGCCC students succeed

Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Mary Graham, here in 2013, will accept a check Wednesday for a new fund to help adult students with the extra costs that come with raising a family and going to college for a GED or work force development.
Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College President Mary Graham, here in 2013, will accept a check Wednesday for a new fund to help adult students with the extra costs that come with raising a family and going to college for a GED or work force development. jcfitzhugh@sunherald.com file

Whether it’s an eye exam, a drug test to get a job or just gas money to make it to class, a new program to help adult students can make a difference.

The Wrap-Around Support Fund is being established at the Mississippi Gulf Coast Community College by the Bacot McCarty Foundation, Chevron and 2nd Chance MS.

For adults with families who are trying to finish classes or certifications to get better jobs, the school work can come at a cost. And this program is designed to help meet that cost and fill in the gaps.

“I little can go a long way,” said Zach Scruggs, with 2nd Chance MS.

He said the instructors at the college see the need and sometimes pull from their own pockets to help these students who are trying so hard to help themselves.

The three entities are presenting a check to MGCCC at the Gautier campus in the amount is $15,000 — $5,000 each — and they are hoping it will be seed money for the community as a whole to begin chipping in to help vulnerable students.

These are people working on their GED, job skills training, and ultimately, a stable non-minimum wage job.

The group calls it supporting the “underserved.”

“This is a need that really hasn't been addressed,” Scruggs said.

Food, transportation to class, baby sitting service, clothing for job interviews, basic needs “are things we don’t think about because we have them,” Scruggs said. The lack of any of these necessities can stop an otherwise hard-working adult from finishing the classwork.

The three organizations are presenting a check to MGCCC President Mary Graham at 10:30 a.m. Wednesday at the MGCCC Warner Peterson Administration Building on the Gautier campus.

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