Golden Triangle campus
8731 S. Frontage Road
Mayhew, Miss. 39753
- Largest campus: EMCC’s Golden Triangle campus was established in 1968 and has been growing ever since. With the announcement of a district-wide tuition guarantee program in 2009, enrollment soared almost 20 percent throughout EMCC’s six-county district. The Golden Triangle campus currently serves about 4,000 commuter students.
- Accreditation: EMCC is fully accredited by the Southern Association of College and Schools. This means your academic classes will transfer to any senior college of your choice with whom EMCC maintains an articulation agreement. EMCC is articulated with all senior colleges in the state of Mississippi.
- Classes: The Golden Triangle campus offers a full range of academic classes that can prepare students for transfer to a four-year college or university. It also serves students interested in career-technical programs ending in certificates or two-year associate’s degrees. Career-technical programs are available at the Golden Triangle campus: Industrial Maintenance, Cosmetology, Hotel and Restaurant Management, Automotive Services, Supervision and Management, Computer Networking, Banking, Electronics, Drafting and Design, EMT-Paramedic, Automation and Control, Practical Nursing, Associate Degree Nursing, Welding and Fabrication, Business and Marketing Management, Electrical Technology and Precision Manufacturing/Machining. The average class size at EMCC is about 20 students.
- Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence: The first of its kind in the state, the CMTE is an advanced technology training center utilized by business and industry in the EMCC district to conduct worker training. With the increasing need for specialized training, EMCC plans to expand the facility. A leader among Mississippi community colleges, Workforce Services at EMCC delivered 884,564 hours of workforce training to 6,427 participants in fiscal year 2009-10.
- Business partnership: In late 2011, staff at the Center for Manufacturing Technology Excellence began serving the training needs of a new company in Lowndes County, Kior. Kior has developed a process by which yellow pine chips are converted to “sweet crude” oil. This oil product is comparable to what the U.S. imports from the Middle East and can be refined, piped and used in the same manner. Process control technicians are the primary workers and they need specialized training. Staff from CMTE traveled to Texas in early 2011 to visit another factory and to visit with a local community college that provides the same training. The Lowndes County facility is located on the Tennessee-Tombigbee Waterway and will provide several hundred jobs over the next few years.
- Nursing: In 2009, the State College Board gave final approval for an Associate Degree Nursing degree at the Golden Triangle campus. EMCC’s first ADN students started classes in January 2010 and graduated in December 2011. The ADN program joins other career-technical offerings at the Golden Triangle campus – Practical Nursing, EMT-Paramedic and certificate programs offered through EMCC's Workforce Services Division.
- Dual Enrollment: EMCC launched a district-wide pilot program in the 2011-12 school year to introduce tuition-free online dual enrollment classes. Dual enrollment allows qualified students to earn college credit before they graduate from high school. The pilot resulted in a 126 percent increase in enrollment.
- Breaking down barriers: Helping students succeed is a primary goal of EMCC. Many students find they are underprepared for college-level math, reading and English when they get to EMCC, so they must pass a sequence of developmental courses to move forward and succeed. Across the nation it is noted that many students often bog-down in these course sequences and drop out of school altogether. A committee of faculty and staff at EMCC decided to follow the pattern of a few other community colleges across the U.S. and redesign the developmental sequence. In the 2012 spring semester, EMCC piloted new developmental courses on the Golden Triangle campus.
- Student Union: The Bureau of Buildings recently authorized funds for EMCC to develop plans for a new Student Union at the Golden Triangle campus. During 2012, faculty, staff and administration will work with an architectural firm to decide what students need from the building, and then develop construction documents. The EMCC president and board of trustees will assemble the required funding package to meet the projected cost of about $10 million. Currently, it is recommended that the two-story building include a full-service cafeteria, larger campus bookstore, open access computer lab, study and social spaces, offices and meeting rooms, facilities for the board of trustees and an outdoor sports court. It is hoped that construction will begin in 2013.
- Parking: A new parking lot with about 200 spaces, and an access road that wraps around the Humanities and Fine Art Building, was completed in December 2011. Not only does the new parking lot provide a more convenient and attractive parking surface than the smaller, gravel parking area that has been used since the building opened in 2007, but it also paves the way (pun intended) for the new Student Union. The gravel parking lot across the street from the HFA Building is the site for the construction of the new Student Union.
- More projects: In fall 2008, businessman Wayne Fishback donated 12 acres near the Columbus industrial park to EMCC for the development of Regional Corporate Service and Allied Health Center; EMCC officials are in the planning stages of this project. Long-range plans for the Golden Triangle campus also include renovations to the Douglas Career-Technical Building, tennis courts, landscaping and interior renovations.