Most students at Northwest Mississippi Community College say they want in-person classes in the fall

WATCH: Most students at Northwest Mississippi Community College say they want in-person classes in the fall

SENATOBIA, Miss. — Northwest Mississippi Community College students responding to a recent survey said they overwhelmingly want classes to be in person rather than online.

That means those students will head back to class in the fall in Senatobia.

Local business owners said when school is in session, business is good because the community college students spend money in Senatobia.

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“We need to get these kids back and try to get them on a schedule and back to the norm so things will open up and we can move on,” Vickie Ferguson told FOX13.

Ferguson runs the Town Talk Florist just around the corner from Northwest Mississippi Community College. When school is in session, about a thousand students live on campus. Another two thousand commute or live off-campus. The school is also one of the biggest employers in the county.

“When there is no kids in town and the school is shut down, as a small town, as small as we are, it just seems like we can’t have the income in the businesses that we would like,” said Ferguson.

Population-wise, Senatobia can fluctuate between 7,000 to 10,000 people, depending on how many students are on campus at any given time. The more students, the better the business.

“Your summer months are kind of slow, but when schools go back you've got a little bit of everything going on from ballgames to just different things,” Ferguson said.

And that helps every business’s wallet.

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