By Chris Kieffer/NEMS Daily Journal
TUPELO – The Tupelo presence of Itawamba Community College and the University of Mississippi will grow over the next decade, school leaders say.
ICC’s Tupelo campus soon will have a new look once the college builds its new Health Sciences Education Center. Construction has already begun next to the Lee County School District’s Central Office.
The campus also will likely continue to see an increased number of students, thanks to the tuition guarantee program and efforts to raise the number of people in the region with higher education degrees.
This year, the Tupelo campus’ day enrollment of 2,275 students nearly matched the 2,461-student day enrollment on the college’s Fulton campus. Tupelo’s campus also has 1,183 night students, compared to 74 at Fulton.
Meanwhile, the University of Mississippi likely will grow on its Tupelo campus as well, Chancellor Dan Jones said. He called the Tupelo campus “a critical tool” in the push for “having more people complete a college education.”
“There are people who can complete their education at our Tupelo site who can’t come to Oxford,” he said. “I think you will continue to see growth at our Tupelo site.
“We are constantly evaluating what would be appropriate to offer in that environment, and I think you can anticipate that there would be new programs unveiled on the Tupelo campus in the near future.”
The university’s Tupelo campus currently has about 800 students.
Both ICC and Ole Miss have Tupelo campuses on the same plot of land near Eason Boulevard in east Tupelo.