The Tulane University School of Continuing Studies Mississippi Coast Campus will move to a larger location in Biloxi in a $2 million project.
The campus will move from inside the Edgewater Mall across the street to the old Books-A-Million center at 2650 Beach Blvd., Suite 44.
Interior demolition on the location started Wednesday. The new campus is set to open Labor Day weekend, shortly after the fall semester begins.
The new facility is a 14,961-square-foot building that will allow the faculty and staff to serve 500 evening and weekend students and an additional 500 daytime students. The new campus’ academic area is double the size of the existing campus, providing 16 classrooms. The campus will also be equipped with two PC labs and a Mac computer lab.
The new building will allow the campus to offer more community workshops, training seminars and testing. The university also plans to increase its capacity to offer interactive video conferencing for academic and community use in the near future.
The campus also will host a new doctorate of social work, the only such accredited program in the Gulf South, in the fall and add graduate programs in applied computing and homeland security starting in 2016.
“Our beautiful, new campus will enable us to serve more students and add greater depth to our class offerings,” said Karen Lucas, dean of the Tulane University School of Continuing Studies Mississippi Coast Campus.