One of the distinguishing characteristics of a community college is its continuing and integral role in community service and economic development. MECC is committed to this important role and offers many programs and services to fulfill this mission. Industry certifications and customized training programs are available through MECC’s Center for Workforce Development. For additional information on these programs, call 276.523.2400 ext. 371.
Contractor & Tradesman Education
Basic Contractor Licensing
MECC offers an eight hour course designed to cover the regulations and practices that govern the contracting industry. Students will thoroughly review the required elements of preparing a contract in accordance with regulation, explore methods in selecting customers and jobs based on license classification and experience, explore the various business structures to meet their particular need, and discuss tips that will help them to avoid regulatory and business programs. The course is designed to guide a contractor in making choices that will ensure compliance with regulation and maintain the license through business success. Although the intent of this course is not designed for examination preparation, the subject matter covered and the materials will certainly be useful for those who will take the license test.
Tradesman Continuing Education Unit (CEU) Courses
Tradesman CEU courses in Electrical, Plumbing, HVAC and Gas Fitters are offered on campus and online.
CPR, First-Aid & Emergency Responder Training
Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation (CPR)
MECC offers the American Heart Association Basic Life Support for Healthcare Provider certification course, covering adult, child, and infant CPR for both one person and two person scenarios. The use of the AED and bag valve masks, along with assistance in choking response is covered. This course is certified by the American Heart Association.
Individuals who wish to become CPR Instructors can complete the American Heart Association certification course at MECC. The course is designed to credential persons to teach Heartsaver CPR, Heartsaver AED, Heartsaver First Aid, and BLS for Healthcare Provider CPR courses. This course is certified by the American Heart Association.
Advanced Cardiovascular Life Support – Classroom
ACLS is designed for healthcare professionals who either direct or participate in the management of cardiopulmonary arrest and other cardiovascular emergencies. This includes personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units.
MECC offers the American Heart Association Heartsaver First Aid certification course, covering the basic principles of first aid, care and treatment of medical emergencies, care and treatment of injuries, and care and treatment of environmental emergencies. This course is certified by the American Heart Association.
The PALS Course is for healthcare providers who respond to emergencies in infants and children. These include personnel in emergency response, emergency medicine, intensive care and critical care units such as physicians, nurses, paramedics and others who need a PALS course completion card for job or other requirements.
Driver Education, CDL & Heavy Equipment
Graduates of this four week training program will have the knowledge and skills to become Class “A” CDL licensed drivers qualified to drive long distances, regionally or locally. Requires DMV Learners Permit Test, State Road Test, and DOT physical.
Driver Improvement Clinic
Mountain Empire Community Colleges offers a Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles approved Driver Improvement Clinic.
Graduates of this five week training program will have the knowledge and skills to work as operators of heavy equipment such as dozers, end loaders, excavators, and back-hoes. Must be 18 years of age, in sound physical health and meet the general admission requirements.
Miner Training Courses
- Annual Refresher Surface – VA & KY
- Annual Refresher Underground – VA & KY
- New Miner Training – Underground and Surface
- General Coal Miner – Underground and Surface
- Electrical Retraining – VA, KY, & VA
- Diesel Retraining
- Surface and Underground Mine Foreman – Continuing Education
- Surface and Underground Mine Foreman – Initial Certification
- Electrical Initial Certification
- Diesel Initial Certification
- VA DMME Advanced First Aid
- First Responder – Certification & Recertification
- EMT – Certification & Recertification
- CPR – Cardiopulmonary Resuscitation
- First Aid Certification & Recertification
- DMME Reciprocity Advanced First-Aid
- Supervisors Training
- Kentucky MET – Initial & Recertification
- CDL Training and Heavy Equipment Operator
Occupational Safety & Health
MECC offers a number of OSHA courses covering a variety of topics, including standards and hazard violations, overview of OSHA Act & 29 CFR, fire protection, personal protective equipment, material handling, electrical safety standards, hazard communications and more. These courses can be reserved by employers seeking to train a large number of employees or offered on an individual basis.
Mountain Empire Community College offers Pharmacy Technician Continuing Education Courses. The courses are designed to enable technicians to identify and describe significant federal legislation affecting pharmacy practice; identify and describe significant federal and state governing bodies affecting pharmacy; specify the duties that may legally be performed by pharmacy technicians; provide an overview of the types of prescription medication errors; and list strategies to reduce or eliminate prescription medication errors in pharmacy practice. The course provides 5.0 hour (0.5 CEU) of continuing education credit.
Security & Firearm Training
Security Officer Training is offered for individuals seeking their bi-annual recertification with the Department of Criminal Justice Services. Courses are also offered in firearms recertification, an annual requirement of the Department of Criminal Justice Services for any Private Investigator or Security Officer who carries a firearms endorsement card for a handgun or shotgun. Pre- registration for these courses is required.