Mississippi was one of the first states to develop a statewide community college system. Today, this system has fifteen public community and junior colleges represented by thirty-six centers across the state to ensure that all Mississippians have access to the advantages of a college education. Programs offered at the community colleges include academic, technical, vocational, adult basic education, adult continuing education, general education development, job training partnership, and industry-related courses.
Technical Programs: Advanced Machining and Manufacturing Technology, Air Conditioning and Refrigeration Technology, Automation and Control Technology, Automotive Machinist Technology, Automotive Technology, Automotive Vehicles and Accessories Marketing Operations, Aviation Maintenance Technology, Civil Technology, Commercial Truck Driving, Computer Networking Technology, Computer Programming Technology, Construction Engineering Technology, Construction Equipment Operation, Diesel Equipment Technology, Drafting and Design Cluster, Electrical Technology, Electronics and Related Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, General Drafting, Geographic Information Systems Technology, Heating, Industrial Electronics Technology, Industrial Maintenance Trades, Industrial Mechanics and Maintenance Technology, Information Systems Technology, Machine Tool Technology, Manufacturing Technology, Microcomputer Technology, Occupational Safety & Health Technician, Precision Manufacturing and Machining Technology, Process Technology, Tool and Die Technology, Ventilation, Welding and Cutting Technology.
The widespread mission of the community college system is to provide academic (college transfer) programs that parallel the first two years of four-year college studies and to provide occupational programs preparing students for employment. Students benefit from programs in computer programming technology, business and office technology, and supervision and management technology. The community colleges offer extensive vocational programs to meet the hiring demands of Mississippi business and industry.