Entries by Amy Greear

Boatright-Wells Receives VCCS Community Service Award

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Dean of Workforce Services Sue Ella Boatright-Wells has been honored with the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award in Community Service. Boatright-Wells was nominated by MECC for the award in recognition of her 30+ years of leading the Home Craft Days […]

CDBG Proposal Public Hearing Scheduled Thursday, August 11

  NOTICE OF PUBLIC HEARING The Wise County Board of Supervisors and Mountain Empire Community College will conduct a public hearing on Thursday, August 11, 2016 at 3 p.m., in the Conference Room of the Wise County Courthouse, Room 223, to solicit public input on a proposed Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) proposal to be […]

Cooke Appointed to State Water & Wastewater Board

  Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Instructor Rosa-lee Cooke has been appointed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration for Water & Wastewater Treatment. Cooke has been named to the Virginia Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals. She is the only board […]

Dr. Kris Westover Hired to Become the President of Mountain Empire Community College 

RICHMOND – Dr. Kris Westover will become the next president of Mountain Empire Community College. That announcement was made today by Dr. Glenn DuBois, the chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. Westover becomes the seventh person, and second woman, to serve as the college’s permanent president. Her hiring ends a process that began with a national […]

Event to Raise Funds for Scott County Endowed Scholarship

Gate City, VA – A special dinner and entertainment event will be held September 22 to raise funds for Scott County students attending Mountain Empire Community College.   The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will host a fundraiser for the Scott County Endowed Scholarship on Thursday, September 22 at 6:00 p.m. at the Scott County Career […]

Financial Assistance Available for EMT, CNA Classes

Students interested in becoming a Certified Nursing Assistant or Emergency Medical Technician are urged to take advantage of financial assistance for qualifying students enrolling this fall.  Mountain Empire Community College will offer EMT and CNA certification courses August through December. Students may be eligible to receive financial assistance through state and federal grant programs if […]

Local Advisory Board to Meet Friday, May 12

The Mountain Empire Community College Local Advisory Board will meet next Friday, May 12 at 3 p.m. in the Dalton-Cantrell Hall Kline Foundation Board Room. This will be a closed session meeting to discuss results of the presidential candidate interviews. The Board will deliberate and make a recommendation to the Virginia Community College System Chancellor […]

MECC – Wellmont Health System Golf Classic at Cedar Hill Country Club

BIG STONE GAP, VA – Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, in partnership with Wellmont Health System, will hold its annual MECC – Wellmont Health System Golf Classic on Friday, August 5 at Cedar Hill Country Club in Jonesville, VA. Proceeds from the event will provide scholarships for MECC students.  These scholarships will be awarded in […]

MECC Announces 12th Annual Mountain Music School

  Big Stone Gap, VA –Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the 12th Annual Mountain Music School, to be held on campus July 25-29. MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Students from age 10 and up learn to play […]

MECC Announces Fall 2015 Academic Honors

Big Stone Gap — The following students were recognized for academic honors in the fall 2015 semester.  MERIT LIST The following students have been named to the MECC Merit List for the fall 2015 semester.  Students are eligible for the Merit List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.2 to […]

MECC Announces fall 2016 Honors Roll

MECC is pleased to announce the following students have been recognized for their outstanding academic achievements during the fall 2016 semester.  President’s List The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College President’s List for the fall 2016 semester.  Students are eligible for the President’s List if they have at least 12 […]

MECC Applied Engineering Programs Receive National Accreditation

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that four of the college’s applied engineering degree programs have been awarded national accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE). ATMAE is recognized as a premier accreditor of technology programs in colleges, universities, and technical institutes. Accreditation ensures that MECC’s […]

MECC English Instructors Receive Certification

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that English Instructors Bethany Arnold and Jan Richards recently received certification as “Developmental Education Specialists” from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators. Arnold and Richards were two of 25 educators selected from across the United States to participate […]

MECC Enrollment Goes Off-Campus with Mobile Enroll

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, this spring at locations in Wise, Dickenson, and Scott County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC in Summer and Fall 2016, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the […]

MECC Enrollment Goes Off-Campus with Mobile Enroll

Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, this August at locations in Wise, Lee, Scott, and Dickenson County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC this fall, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC Mobile Enroll van. Mobile Enroll […]

MECC Enrollment Goes Off-Campus with Mobile Enroll

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, in November at locations in Wise, Dickenson, and Scott County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC in Spring 2016, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC Mobile […]

MECC Enrollment Goes Off-Campus with Mobile Enroll

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, this fall at locations in Wise, Dickenson, Lee, and Scott County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC in spring 2017, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC […]

MECC Enrollment Goes Off-Campus with Mobile Enroll

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, this summer at locations in Wise, Dickenson, Lee, and Scott County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC in Fall 2016, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC […]

MECC Foundation Announces Establishment of Gladys Hurd Banner Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that the Gladys Hurd Banner Memorial Nursing Scholarship has been established by her family to provide financial assistance to aspiring Licensed Practical Nursing (LPN) students attending Mountain Empire Community College. Mrs. Banner was born, raised and educated in Big Stone Gap. […]

MECC Foundation holds Alumni and Friends Talent Show Event

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation welcomes all alumni and friends to campus for “Southwest Virginia’s Got Talent,” the 2017 alumni and friends event on Saturday, October 14 at 6 p.m. in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall on the MECC campus. The event is sponsored by Norton Community Hospital and […]

MECC Foundation Hosts Alumni and Friends Reunion and Concert

Big Stone Gap, VA __ The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will host the MECC Alumni and Friends Reunion to be held on Saturday, November 12, at 6 p.m. in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall on the MECC campus. “Come Home to MECC” is the theme of the evening featuring receptions and a concert […]

MECC Foundation Offers Food City/Friends of Coal Scholarship

Big Stone Gap, VA — The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the availability for the Food City/Friends of Coal Scholarship for Coal Industry Impacted Students for the spring 2017 semester.  Earlier this year, Food City and Friends of Coal of Pikeville/COA partnered to design special commemorative reusable shopping bags, sold on […]

MECC Foundation Raises $9.5M in Major Gifts Campaign

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College Foundation has announced that $9.5M has been raised in a three-year capital campaign supporting increased student success and developing a highly skilled workforce for the region’s new economy. More than 1,200 individuals participated in the “Building for the Future” Campaign, which exceeded the Foundation’s initial fundraising […]

MECC Foundation Receives Grant for Cyber Security Training Program

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College will offer a new cyber security training program, thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation.  Dominion recently awarded a $20,000 grant to the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation to support MECC’s development of a new Network Security Career Studies Certificate. The Network Security Career Studies […]

MECC Foundation to Host Scott County Scholarship Event

Gate City, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will host a fundraising event for the Scott County Endowed Scholarship on Thursday, September 21 at 6:00 p.m. at the Scott County Career and Technical Center in Gate City.  The event theme is “Mardi Gras.” Patrons will enjoy a delicious buffet dinner and entertainment by […]

MECC Highlights Youth Talent in New CD Release

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is highlighting the best of Southwest Virginia’s youth music and the cultivator of those talents with the release of “Youth Movement: A Tribute to Miss Ellie”. Musician and Home Craft Days Festival Organizer Tommy Bledsoe said the CD release, which includes 28 old-time, bluegrass, gospel and […]

MECC Holds Forty-Fourth Commencement Ceremony

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College held its 44th commencement ceremony Friday, May 12 at 6 p.m. at the Big Stone Gap campus. The Class of 2017 included 578 graduates. MECC awarded 118 Associate of Arts & Sciences degrees, 182 Associate of Applied Science degrees, and 147 Certificates and 271 Career Studies […]

MECC Honors Fall 2015 LPN Graduates

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Practical Nursing program recently held a pinning ceremony for Fall 2015 Licensed Practical Nursing program graduates. The ceremony represents the completion of the student’s coursework in MECC’s LPN Program. Student Ashley Smith was named valedictorian of the class and received the Healing Hands Nursing Excellence Award. Fall […]

MECC Hosts 2016 Job Expo and College Transfer Fair

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold its 2016 Job Expo and College Transfer Fair on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall. More than 35 regional employers seeking qualified job applicants will participate. An estimated 20 colleges and universities representatives will also be […]

MECC Hosts 2017 Job Expo 

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold its 2017 Job Expo on Wednesday, April 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall. More than 25 regional employers seeking qualified job applicants will participate.    Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and dress professionally. Employers attending this year’s event include Crutchfield, Eastman Chemical […]

MECC Hosts Annual Haunted Forest Event

Big Stone Gap, VA –The woods around Mountain Empire Community College will soon come alive with the spirits of the “undead.” MECC will host its annual Haunted Forest beginning Friday, October 7 from 7-11 p.m. The event will be held every Friday and Saturday until Halloween. Admission is $10. The Haunted Forest is recommended for […]

MECC Hosts Information Meeting on Drone Program Scholarships

Big Stone Gap, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College is hosting an information meeting for those interested in applying for a scholarship to attend unmanned aerial systems, or drone, courses this fall. MECC, with assistance from a National Science Foundation Grant, is offering free tuition for four classes that make up the core of the […]

MECC Instructors Earn Certified Online Instructor Designation

  BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Business Technology Instructors Elizabeth Snodgrass and Jane Jones have been awarded the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). “We are pleased to recognize Elizabeth Snodgrass’ and Jane Jones’ expertise and experience in this growing area of […]

MECC Launches New Online Class Search Tool

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is excited to announce a new online search tool that assists students and community members in viewing available classes. Those interested in enrolling in for the summer and fall 2016 semester can now visit www.mecc.edu/class to view the list of classes available by subject, location, semester, […]

MECC Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Celebrates 10th Year

Big Stone Gap — Police officers are trained to serve in multiple roles – as law enforcement personnel, counselors, and supervisors. However, most law enforcement training programs do not devote the time to train officers on how to serve as effective leaders within their organization and community. A decade ago, Mountain Empire Community College Professor […]

MECC Offering Online Real Estate Certification Class

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer an online Principles of Real Estate course beginning in January. Persons interested in obtaining a certification to practice real estate in the State of Virginia should complete the class and take the state licensing exam. The course will run through May. For more information or […]

MECC Offering Two Upcoming Training Courses

MECC Offers Concealed Weapons Class Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Concealed Weapons Permit course Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the course is $100. Pre-registration is required.  This class satisfies the requirements for a concealed weapons permit, and will cover legal guidelines, safety […]

MECC Offers 2018 Trip to Japan, Eastern Europe

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will host two international education travel opportunities for students and the public in the spring of 2018. The trips include an Eastern Europe tour in May 2018 and a Japan tour in June 2018. Explore the intoxicatingly upbeat Eastern Europe on a 12-day whirlwind tour with […]

MECC Offers 24/7 Financial Aid Assistance

Beginning July 1, MECC students will have access to financial aid support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A support specialist will answer your questions when you call 1.844.MECC4ME. This toll-free number will provide access to the new MECC Financial Aid and Student Accounts Support Center anytime you call. […]

MECC Offers Basic First Aid & CPR

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Workforce Development Center will offer Basic First Aid & CPR training on Saturday, July 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m. in Phillips Taylor Room 231. The fee for this course is $70. To register, go to www.mecc.edu/workforce and complete the Non-Credit Registration form or contact Lori […]

MECC Offers Concealed Weapons Class

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Concealed Weapons Permit course in August. The course will be held Saturday, August 12 from 9 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.  The cost for the course is $100. Pre-registration is required.  This class satisfies the requirements for a concealed weapons permit and will cover legal […]

MECC Offers Concealed Weapons Class

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Concealed Weapons Permit course Saturday, August 6 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the course is $100. Pre-registration is required.  This class satisfies the requirements for a concealed weapons permit and will cover legal guidelines, safety issues, and hands-on instruction on […]