Sen. Mark Warner to Visit MECC for Drone Demo Day

Big Stone Gap — Senator Mark Warner will visit Mountain Empire Community College on Tuesday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Dalton-Cantrell Hall for a discussion and demonstration of MECC’s innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program. Launched in 2015, the UAV program at MECC — the first of its kind in Virginia — has opened up new frontiers and job opportunities in southwest Virginia. Through the program, MECC has placed itself at the forefront of a growing industry as students gain the skills to maintain, design, fabricate, and fly drones.  

Sen. Warner has been a strong supporter of research and investment in unmanned systems, including driverless cars, drones, and unmanned submersibles. Virginia is home to one of six FAA-approved sites across the country where researchers are testing the safest and most effective ways to incorporate UAV into the existing airspace.

Sen. Warner will join representatives from MECC and Dominion Power, which uses UAVs to monitor and maintain its systems, to discuss the program. Senator Warner will also provide remarks on his work with UAVs in Washington. Event participants will then move outside for a demonstration to “test drive” some of the UAVs.

 

MECC to Hold Information Sessions for Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold two information sessions to assist those interested in enrolling in the college’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program.

MECC will offer two cohort programs this fall. One cohort will meet Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. from September 9 through December 16. An information session to enroll in this cohort will be held on Thursday, August 10 beginning at 2:30 p.m. in Phillips Taylor Hall Room 115.

A second cohort will be offered on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and four Saturdays from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. beginning October 3 through December 16. An information session to enroll in this cohort will be held on Friday, September 1 at 11 a.m. at Wise Heritage Hall. 

For more information on MECC’s Certified Nursing Assistant program or the two upcoming information sessions, call 276.523.7456.

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 future Unmanned Aircraft Systems Operations Technician Career Studies Certificate.

Classes will be offered Fall 2017 and Spring 2018. Upon completion, students will be prepared to obtain certification as a remote pilot and to utilize drones for business and personal use. Students must register this fall in order to qualify for tuition assistance.

The courses are an excellent resource for regional police, EMS, contractors, realtors, farmers, ranchers, videographers and others seeking to incorporate drone technology into their businesses.

An information session will be held Tuesday, August 15 at 6 p.m. in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 220. For more information, contact Fred Coeburn, Instructor, at fcoeburn@mecc.edu or 276.523.7462.

MECC’s Mobile Enroll Fall Enrollment Service Dates Announced

BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Community College will offer its off-campus enrollment service, Mobile Enroll, this August at locations in Wise, Scott, Lee and Dickenson counties.

Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC for the fall of 2017, obtaining financial aid or wanting to learn more about the college’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC Mobile Enroll van.

On Tuesday, August 1, Mobile Enroll will be at the Duffield Food Country from 9-11:30 a.m. and the Pennington Gap Food City parking lot from 1-3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, August 2, Mobile Enroll will be at the Clintwood Sleep Inn parking lot from 9-11:30 a.m. and the Wise Food City parking lot from 1-3:30 p.m.

On Friday, August 11, Mobile Enroll will be at the Weber City Food City parking lot from 9-11:30 a.m. and at the Big Stone Gap Food City parking lot from 1-3:30 p.m.

For more information about MECC’s Mobile Enroll contact MECC Recruiter Todd Clendenon at (276) 523-7434 or email tclendenon@mecc.edu.

-MECC-

 

MECC To Host Surface, Underground Mine Foreman Training

Big Stone Gap, Va. — MECC is offering continuing education classes for both Surface and Underground Mine Foreman to meet the August 20, 2017 Continuing Education requirement. The Virginia Surface Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will be held Saturday, August 5 in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 231 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Virginia Underground Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will follow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. Both classes will be held in in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 231. The class fee for each session is $40. For more information, contact the Center for Workforce Development at 276.523.2400 ext. 372 or 225.

MECC’s Mountain Music School Offers Craft Workshops

Big Stone Gap – For the first time in the event’s 13-year history, Mountain Empire Community College’s Mountain Music School will offer craft workshops for those interested in learning a new skill.

Joy Branham of Eidson, Tennessee will teach piece quilting on Monday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to noon and hand quilting on Tuesday, July 25 from 9 a.m. to noon.  The cost of each of these workshops will be $10.

 Erin Dalton of Big Stone Gap will be teaching crocheting on Wednesday, July 26 9 a.m. to noon and crewel embroidery on Thursday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Students will crochet a hat and scarf set and create a small embroidered wall hanging.  The cost of these workshops will be $10.

 Caleb Holyfield of Big Stone Gap will be teach knitting on Wednesday, July 26 and Thursday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Students will create dish cloths.  The cost of this workshop will be $10.

 Rebecca Anne Palubicki of Big Stone Gap will teach locker hooking on Wednesday, July 26 – Thursday, July 27 from 9 a.m. to noon.  Students will create a striped trivet.  The cost of this workshop will be $20.

 All craft workshops are for beginners.  Each craft workshop will be limited to the first 15 participants to register.  To register, call 276.523.7468.

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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 guidelines, safety issues, and hands-on instruction on the firing range.  Early registration is recommended as this class has limited spots available.  To register go to www.mecc.edu/workforce and complete the Non-Credit Registration form or contact Lori Dingus at 276.523.2400 Ext. 372 or ldingus@mecc.edu or tdavidson@mecc.edu.

President Westover Seeking Input From Students, Staff, Alumni, Community

Dr. Kristen Westover, President of MECC

Dr. Kristen Westover

Invitation to Submit Input on MECC Short-Term Needs and Achievements

Message from Dr. Kris Westover, President of Mountain Empire Community College

Greetings,

Please allow me to take this opportunity to share with you my excitement as I begin my service as President of Mountain Empire Community College. It is truly an honor to have been selected and I look forward to working with you in the future.

In the next six months, I hope to meet with our staff, students, and community members to learn more about the opportunities and challenges facing our college and the region. I need your help in developing a vision and plan for the future. Below is a link to a brief anonymous survey. The goal of this survey is to gather your thoughts regarding our achievements and short-term needs. Your input is valued and appreciated.

MECC boasts a proud tradition of excellence. The future is extremely bright and I know you will join me in making great things happen for our students and community. 

Thank you in advance for your time. Your efforts to help in the successful transition of leadership are truly appreciated.

Survey link: https://survey.zohopublic.com/zs/ONCuX7

 

Kristen Westover, Ed.D.
President

New Vocal Class and Workshops at MECC’s Mountain Music School

Trish Ferrell Wileman

Trish Ferrell Wileman

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer new vocal classes and workshops during the week of Mountain Music School, July 24-28.

Instructor Trish Ferrell Wileman will lead “S.O.A.R. to New Singing Heights,” which introduces basic vocal tools to maximize breath control and usage, improve vocal range, breath for relaxation, and more.  Instruments are welcome but not required.  A towel or yoga mat is needed.  All skill levels are welcome in the class.  The fee for the vocal class, “S.O.A.R. to New Singing Heights” is $150.00 for the week.  The fee covers instruction in the class, lunch, master musician concerts, workshops, and a Mountain Music School t-shirt.

During the same week, Wileman will also lead a workshop, “Out Loud, Sing Out Strong” for students of all skill levels who want to step out in a class format to receive individual instruction along with the support of other classmates.  Topics covered in this fun workshop include vocal technique, finding your best key, best performance practices, and best practice techniques.  The workshop is scheduled for 2 p.m. to 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday, July 24-27, in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall.

Wileman has enjoyed a colorful palate of experience in the arts world.  Acting and singing from the age of six, she has played leading roles in theater, opera, oratorio, and musical theater performances from St. Petersburg, Florida to Washington, DC.  Wileman teaches both voice and acting privately, and is a frequent judge for the NAACP vocal competition as well as other vocal contests. She has a Masters in Choral Conducting from the University of TN at Chattanooga.

Rhodyjane Meadows

Rhodyjane Meadows

MMS Instructor Rhodyjane Meadows will lead a second vocal workshop, “Shape Note Singing for Harmony Singing.” Participants will learn the basics of shape note singing, a technique used since the early 1800s to teach church congregations and community choirs to read hymnals and sing in four-part harmony.  The workshop is scheduled for 2 to 3 p.m., Monday to Thursday, July 24-27 in Phillips-Taylor Hall.

Singer, songwriter, storyteller and musician Rhodyjane Meadows is a native of Big Stone Gap, VA and currently resides in Roan Mountain, TN.  Meadows, a former public school teacher, holds a B.A. in English from the University of North Carolina and a M.A. in Appalachian Studies from Appalachian State University.  She currently serves as an instructor of arts at Lees McRae College and heritage music at Mountain Music School with Mountain Empire Community College.  Meadows performs with several bands playing old time and Celtalachian music.

To register for vocal classes or workshops, please contact the MECC Wampler Library at 276.523.7468 or register online at www.mountainmusicschool.org.

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Surface, Underground Mine Foreman Classes Offered

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer continuing education classes for both Surface and Underground Mine Foreman in June. Virginia Surface Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will be held Saturday, June, 24 in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 219 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Virginia Underground Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will follow from 1 p.m. to 5 p.m. The class fee is $40 for each session. For more information or to register, call 276.523.2400 ext. 372. or ext. 225.

MECC Foundation Announces Establishment of Gladys Hurd Banner Memorial Nursing Scholarship

Banner is pictured standing on left in nursing cap.

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. Her father’s death during the 1918 flu epidemic brought struggle for her and her small family, yet determination enabled her to graduate from Big Stone Gap High School. She then took the bold step of applying to the Montefiore School of Nursing in New York City, where her application was accepted. She found herself on a train heading to New York with little money, but equipped with strong family encouragement and a strong desire to become a nurse. She graduated from nursing school, passed the nursing board examination, and received her Registered Nurse Certificate, cap and pin just as the great depression started. She was employed as a Registered Nurse at Montefiore Hospital where she remained through the depression years. She returned to Virginia after several years, taking a nursing position in Richmond, and eventually returning to Big Stone Gap where she worked as a nurse with the Department of Public Health.

It became apparent to her that a need existed in southwest Virginia for trained nursing skills and she became an advocate for a local comprehensive nurses training program. With the support and assistance of Dr. J. J. Kelly, Jr. LLD, Superintendent of Wise County Schools, and Dr. Frank E. Handy, M.D., Chairman of the Wise County School Board, an LPN program was established in 1958 at the Wise County Technical/Vocational School with Mrs. Banner as Director. This quality program became a regional draw. Wise County high school students and women of all ages from the surrounding area of Virginia and eastern Kentucky enrolled in the program. Successful completion of the program enabled those students to receive their clinical instruction at the Medical College of Virginia in Richmond or at St. Mary’s Hospital in Norton and to become Licensed Practical Nurses.

Mrs. Banner took pride in the successes of all her students. Many of those students continued their education and became registered nurses, and several earned graduate degrees in nursing.

For more information about this scholarship, or for information about creating a scholarship with the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, contact the MECC Foundation office at 276.523.7466.

-MECC Foundation-

 

 

 

 

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 they complete the application and enrollment process prior to June 30. For more information, or to register, call 276.523.7456 or email kdorton@mecc.edu.  

MECC To Host Career Symposium

Big Stone Gap — Individuals who are looking for a job or who are interested in improving their resume and interview skills are invited to attend a Career Symposium to be held Wednesday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mountain Empire Community College’s Holton Hall. Employers and career counselors will be on hand to review and improve your resume, upgrade your application, and practice interview skills. The event is sponsored by the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board, Virginia Department of Mines, Minerals, and Energy, the Wise County Chamber of Commerce, and MECC. Attendees are asked to register for the event at http://www.mecc.edu/events/career-symposium/. For more information, contact Beth Boggs, MECC Career Counselor at 276.523.2400 ext. 324. 
 

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

Dr. Kris Westover

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 search, which attracted more than 80 candidates, and finished earlier this month with open-to-the-community visits of three finalists to the college.

“I’ve known Kris for nearly a decade.  She’s a rising star among our nation’s higher education executives,” said DuBois. “I’m delighted to announce her as the next president of Mountain Empire Community College, and I’m looking forward to what she has to offer the college and the community.”

Westover has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, she served as higher education program coordinator at the University of Texas in Austin, from 2009-2011. From 2008-2009, she served as director of technical programs for the Kansas Board of Regents. In 2016, the Aspen Institute selected Westover for inclusion in the inaugural class of its national Aspen Presidential Fellows program.                

She holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.               

“We appreciate the opportunity for our board, MECC faculty and staff, students, and the community to be involved in the selection and interview of candidates,” said David Graham, chair of the Mountain Empire Community College local advisory board. “While all of our candidates possessed strong qualifications, Dr. Westover was the resounding choice to lead the college forward. Her commitment to student success is evident in her past leadership experiences within the VCCS and at other colleges nationwide. Dr. Westover’s strong knowledge of academic program development, workforce credentials, business and community engagement, as well as her innovative vision demonstrated that she was the right fit for MECC. We welcome her to the college and are committed to her successful transition.”               

Westover will succeed Dr. Scott Hamilton, who will retire at the end of June, having served in that role since 2010.               

Mountain Empire Community College, founded in 1972 and located in Big Stone Gap, VA, is a comprehensive two-year college serving approximately 3,800 credit students and more than 1,000 noncredit students annually from the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the city of Norton.              

About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit www.vccs.edu.

 

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 Certificates.

Graduates participating in the commencement were welcomed by MECC Local Advisory Board President David Graham and MECC Student Government Association President Doug Dotson. Dr. Scott Hamilton, MECC President, introduced the featured student speakers for the commencement ceremony, which included Olivia Baker and Dillon Dotson. These student speakers were chosen because of their exceptional academic performance and engagement in their school and community.

Olivia Baker, of Gate City, VA, is graduating summa cum laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Pre-Teacher Education. She is a member of the MECC Student Advisory Committee, an MECC Diplomat, and Secretary of the Student Government Association. Baker has served on the Alumni Committee and Violence Prevention & Campus Safety Committee at MECC. She will transfer to UVA-Wise to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Education this fall, with future plans to become an elementary school teacher. Baker is the daughter of Neal and Rebecca Baker and the granddaughter of Mack and Sammie Jo Baker and Mack and Lawanda Musick.

Dillon Dotson, of Pound, VA, is graduating with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Nursing. His future plans are to begin working as a Registered Nurse and return to school to further his education. Dotson is the son of Reece and Misty Dotson and the grandson of Avenell Short and Lizzie Johnson.

Doug Dotson, of Gate City, is the president of the MECC Student Government Association. Dotson is currently pursuing an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Computer Networking Technology. He is the son of Connie Quillen.

 

In addition to the graduation ceremony, MECC hosts an Awards Night event honoring graduates and current students who have displayed exceptional academic and leadership qualities during the 2016-17 academic year. This year’s honorees include:


 


 


2017 HONORS AND

AWARDS

 


 ALL-VA ACADEMIC TEAM

Olivia Baker

Eddie Dewayne Parsons

 

COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM GRADUATES

Kaylee Austin

Rachaelle Bailey

Rodney Baker

Joshua Barnett

Brandy Bates

Sharessa Blair

Nickolas Britton

Chelsea Carico

Marcus Clark

Casey Dalton

Emily Deloach

Barbara Fleming

Ashlee Fletcher

Joseph Freeman

Amber Gilliam

Prell Hackney

Justin Hall

Zachary Hall

Kendra Hamilton

Daniel Hartley

Kayla Hartley

Jacob Hood

Brian Humphrey

Savannah Jarvis

Kaitlyn Kelly

Andrew Kilbourne

Amber McElroy

Nathan McFalls

Allison Mullins

Dominic Nickels

Nickolas Noble

Jason O’Quinn

Zachary Pilkenton

Maria Pridemore

Cobye Robbins

Carrie Shell

Paul Sieber

Crystal Snodgrass

Courtney VanHuss

Valerie Vick

Wesley Whitman

 

DIPLOMATS

Olivia Baker

Cieara Davenport

Haley Fannon

Isaiah Kinsey

Dustin Lee

Eddie Parsons

Haley Woods

 

EXCEPTIONAL GRADUATE AWARDS

Olivia Baker

Tony Boggs

Joseph Freeman

Daniel Hartley

Emily Hjulstrom

Kristy Hood-Pickell

Angelina Mullins

Cobye Robbins

 

EXPLORATIONS ARTS COMPETITION AWARDS

 

Painting

Dennis Barnett

Courtney Hay

Ryland Smith

 

Photography

(Black and White)

Kristy Hood-Pickell

Kelsey Kennedy

Lana Kennedy

Victoria Thomas

 

Photography (Color)

Kelsey Kennedy

Lana Kennedy

Hannah            Maness

Richard Pickell

 

Poetry

Rebecca Lane

Hanna Maness

Kristy Hood-Pickell

Kari Phillips

 

THE JAKKAE JACKSON EXCELLENCE IN PHLEBOTOMY AWARD

Asia Ramey

 

THE JAMES L. DURHAM MATHEMATICS AWARD

Michael Fields

 

LIFE CLUB

Olivia Baker

Verity Collingsworth

Joshua Dingus

Brian Fields

Daniel Hall

Nathasha Jerrell

Samantha Johnson

Richard Jones

Lydia Lane

Dayna McLaughlin

Danielle Newton

Sarah Osborne

Eddie Parsons

Anna Marie Puorro

Crystal Snodgrass

Alisha Taylor

Heather Whisenhunt

 

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP

Dustin Lee

 

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT AWARDS

 

Administrative Support Technology

Michael Sizemore

 

AST-Medical Office Specialist

Katelyn Bishop

 

Business Management

Christa Holmes

 

Computer Networking

Whitney Tipton

 

Computer Software Specialist

Candace Keith

 

Health Information Management

Kristy Hood-Pickell

 

Paralegal Studies

Tamara Davidson

 

PHI BETA LAMBDA

AWARD

Kevin Cooper

Tamara Davidson

Christian Hale

Sierra Holmes

Andrew Kerr

James Lane

Jessica Wells

 

PHI THETA KAPPA AWARD

Olivia Baker

Eddie Dewayne Parsons

 

SCOTT COUNTY HORIZONS AWARD

Olivia Baker

Alisha Taylor

 

SPECIAL SERVICES AWARD

Tony Boggs

Raechel Clark

Kristi Coomer

Daniel Edwards

Rose Holmes

Haley Woods

 

STUDENT GOVERNMENT ASSOCATION

PEGGY DURHAM

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD

Olivia Baker

 

STUDENT SERVICES AWARD

Haley Woods

 

STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA

Charles Birse

Tamara Davidson

Andrew Kerr

Margo Lewis

Matthew Phillips

Tristan Phipps

 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS

Kaylee Austin

Olivia Baker

Mackenzie Blanton

Raechel Clark

Kristi Coomer

Daniel Edwards

Rachel Fee

Kermit Hall

Savannah Jarvis

Lydia Lane

Brittany Lester

Emily Livingston

Kelly Long

Karlee Lovelace

Caleb Mullins

Chandler Mullins

Daniel Mullins

Evan Rasnick

Lauren Tankersley

Cindy White

Lauren Williams

 

WELLMONT LONESOME PINE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY AWARD

Rebecca O’Quinn

 

WHO’S WHO IN AMERICAN JUNIOR COLLEGES

Olivia Baker

Breanna Bevins

Keisha Bolden

Brandi Burham

Chelsea Charles

James Croley

Victoria Culbertson

Cieara Davenport

Tamara Davidson

Sherry Deaton

Alicia Deel

Emily Deloach

Haley Fannon

Brian Fields

Abigail Grabeel

Brandon Grimes

Mia Hall

Pamela Hall

Daniel Hartley

Christa Holmes

Samantha Johnson

John Jones

Candace Keith

Vernon Kerns

Jeffrey Kilbourne

Hannah Kilgore

Ashlyn Lane

Lydia Lane

Chelsea Lawson

Dustin Lee

Sheena McGraw

Christian Minnick

Natasha Mullins

Sarah Mullins

Amanda Muncy

Dominic Nickels

Catherine Nixon

Rebecca O’Quinn

Candy Osborne

Daniel Parker

Ethan Penley

Eliza Peters

Zackary Pilkenton

Tracie Powers

Leann Ramey

Evan Rasnick

Taylor Salyers

Sareena Scott

Michael Sizemore

Bailey Smith

Cricket Stanley

Heather Stevans

Jessica Wells

 

 

 

CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES

MAY 12, 2017

 

The students whose names appear below made formal application for a degree or certificate by the date specified in the Academic Calendar.

 


Associate of Arts and Sciences

Business Administration

Savannah Fay Jarvis*

Lydia Mae Lane***

Cindy Renee White***

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

General Studies

Mackenzie Brooke Arney*

Kaylee Rhea Austin

Brittany Lee Baker

Clayton Edward Baker*

Olivia Brooke Baker***

Melvyn W. Belcher**

Ethan Scott Bishop

Kayla Tianna Bishop

Mackenzie Nichole Blanton

Madison Brooke Blanton***+

Noah Eli Bledsoe**

Tony L. Boggs***

Joshua Troy Allen Bouton

Randall Scott Bradley

Tamra Noel Brewer**

Megan Aimilee Bright

Sarah A. Chandler

Nathaniel Cole Chester

Raechel D. Clark**

Verity Abigail Victoria Collingsworth*

Kristi Nicole Coomer**

Madison Leigh Davis***

Whitney Nicole Davis*

Colton Lee Deaderick

Richard Bronson McCaine Dishner***+

Daniel Charles Edwards*

Alecia Ann Estep***

Haley Marie Fannon***

Rachel Glenice Fee**

Stephanie Nicole Flinders

Miranda LaShay Garrett

Roger Lee Garrett***

Cody D. Gentry

Bradly Austin Gibson**

Emily Ann Gibson

Madison R. Gibson**

Mariah Nichole Gillenwater*

Michele L. Greear***

Kermit Lamarr Hall, III**

Amanda Leigh Hall***

Taylor Gabrielle Hamilton

Ashley Brooke Hampton**+

Robbie Scott Hicks

Emily Wolters Hjulstrom***

Madison Rae Jones

Savannah Marie Kimberlin

Cade Everette Lane***+

Jordan M. Lawson***

Dustin Lane Lee**

Brittany Jaid Lester

Christopher Nathaniel James Lewis***

Margo D. Lewis*

Emily Joy Livingston**

Kelly Elizabeth Long*

Karlee H. Lovelace***

Kaitlin Beth Masters

Matthew Garrett McConnell*

Summer Leane McCoy

Dayna Kay McLaughlin

Tanner Ryan McMurray***

Sarah Nicole Meadows

Jennifer Janine Molinary

Alyssa Grace Mullins*

Chandler Blake Mullins**

Charles Jacob Allen Mullins

Crystal Mary Jade Mullins

Daniel Wayne Mullins

Shasta Renee Myers**

Marglo Sarah-Jo Osborne***

Hayley Alyssa Penley

Matthew Ryan Pennington

Stephen Michael Pennington

Brian K. Phillips

Hope Nicole Phillips***+

Justin Daniel Phillips

Emma Katherine Poe***

John David Poe**

Jasmine Renee Powers

Terry W. Price**

Alexandria Nicole Pridemore

Wesley Allen Qualls**

Evan Bryce Rasnick

Seth Trent Rhoton**+

Addison Noelle Rouse*

Kelsey Madison Sexton*

Rebecca Dawn Shupe*

Tyler Scott Sims

Jordan Matthew Skeen**

Shawnna Caitlin Stallard

Lauren Elizabeth Tankersley**

Alisha D. Taylor**

Tyler Jay Tibbs***

Katelyn Michelle Tignor

Emily M. Trent*

Abby Paige Turner**

Gabriel Alvin Vaughan**

Ken Kim-Long Vo***+

Michael Tyler Wheatley*

Heather Nicole Whisenhunt

Cindy Renee White***

Lauren Sue Williams*

Casey Lynn Wood*

William Lynn Woodby, II

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

General Studies: Software Engineering Specialization

Tyler Jay Tibbs***

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Teacher Education

Olivia Brooke Baker***

Rashell P. Barton*

Miranda LaShay Garrett

Karrie L. Powers

Jodie N. Smith

Bridget Eileen Stidham**

Holly Lorraine Williams

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

Science

Sarah Nicole Davidson

Stephanie Nicole Flinders

Caleb Zachary Mullins

Ken Kim-Long Vo***+

 

Associate of Applied Science

Administrative Support Technology

Pamela Lynn Castle***

Pamela Jordan Hall***

Brandy Nicole Jones*

Kendra D. Sexton**

Michael P. Sizemore**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Administrative Support Technology: Medical Office Specialist

Katelyn Hope Bishop**

Kasey Amanda Ruth Dalton

Pamela Jordan Hall***

Kayla L. Jessee*

Rebecca Leann Lane*

Tracy L. Reece

Kendra D. Sexton**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computer Networking Technology

Ashley Nicole Cline

Anthony Rodolfo Cartagena Collins**

Brandon Scott Hall**

Thomas Lee Henry

Jacob Scott Hood

Eryk Arun Nayagam

Michael D. Rasnic*

Carrie Shell***

Matthew Christopher Sturgill**

Whitney Cheyanne Tipton*

Hunter Trent Warren

Holden Lane Welch

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computer Software Specialist

Adam K. Collins

James Christian Croley

John P. Jones*

Candace Makenze Keith*

Ashlee Nicole Lewis

Zachary Shane Pilkenton

Derick Alan Robinette*

Thomas Hunter Triplett

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Justin Tyler Bright

Audreyanna Rochelle Easterling*

Ashlee Marie Fletcher**

Taylor Marie Martin**

Brandon James Perry**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computerized Manufacturing Technology: Electromechanical Technology Specialization

Joseph Gabriel Baker

Gage Brayden Blakely

Marcus Blake Clark**

Jason G. Crabtree*

Jesse James Egan

Brian Nicholas Fields***

Jarrod Blaine Franklin

Chad Ryan Harkleroad**

Matthew Paul Herron*

Jonathon Robin Allen Hood

Logan Christopher Johnson**

Ernest D. Mabe**

Louis Antony Maya

Nathan Stewart McFalls

Joshua A. Phillips

Johnathan E. Allen Stapleton***

Derrick Paul Edward Watkins*

 

Associate of Applied Science
Correctional Services
Matthew Jonathon Glass**

Jeffrey Allen Kilbourne***

Christian T. Mullins

Robert Aaron Stidham

Angelina Corette Woodard

 

Associate of Applied Science

Emergency Medical Services Technology

Bobby L. Kern*

Nicholas Blake Noble

Brian A. Potter**

Lisa J. Rife***

Sakorra Michelle Rivera**

Paul Dragon Seiber

Michael Jaclyn Short

Jeffrey Tyler Ward**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Energy Technology

Dalton Joseph James Brown***

William Edward Hunsaker, II**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Energy Technology: Electrical Specialization

Zachary Scott Hall

Tristan Cole Hayes*

Gregory Maggard***

Austin G. Mullins

Aaron James Stacey

 

Associate of Applied Science

Environmental Science

Trevor Silas Coleman

Samantha Lynn Johnson**Associate of Applied Science

Forest Science

Adam D. Bowen*

Daniel Lee Hartley**

Catherine LeAnn Nixon***

Daniel Steven Salling*

 

Associate of Applied Science

Health Information Management

Jennifer Carol Bailey

Amber M. Funk

Briana R. Gilbert*

Kristy Charlene Hood-Pickell*

Alana Nicole Jones**

Catherine Elswick McCowan***

Courtney Lynn Stidham*

 

Associate of Applied Science

Management

Elizabeth Nicole Hall

Paul Linden Harvey

Christa Renee Holmes***

Misty Rae Kilgore

Allison Marie Lawson

Matthew Hunter McMahan**

Amanda Jean Murphy

Sarah Lynn Rose***

 

Associate of Applied Science

Nursing

Britany LeAnne Barnes

Carissa D. Blanton

Angela Jewel Marie Bray

Brandi Viers Burnham*

Chelsea Paige Charles*

Rebekah Stacy Christian

Racheal Danielle Cross*

Victoria Lynn Culbertson*

Jarred Alan Day

Alicia Mae Deel*

Bobbie A. Deel

Emily Rachael Deloach

Dillon Wyatt Dotson

Tiffanie D. Epperson

Lacey Dee Fischer

Kirsten Flanary

Charity Brooke Franklin

Alyssa Danielle Fultz

Christina Jean Harvel

Kayla Ann Marie Hatley

Kelli L. Honaker

John Fitzgerald Honeycutt

Carla J. Humphreys

Michael Wayne Ingle***

Vernon Quillion Kerns

Ashley Kilgore

Hannah Brooke Kilgore**

Ashlyn Brooke Lane*

Mia Renee Masters

Sheena Mychelle McGraw*

Alexandria Rain Middleton

Torie Shay Morgan

Natasha Fay Mullins*

Sarah Jane Mullins*

Amanda Celesta Muncy**

Rebecca Sue O’Quinn***

Candy R. Osborne*

Daniel Dalton Parker*

Eliza Louise Peters*

Candice D. Porter

Kristi D. Russell

Taylor Nicole Salyers**

Sareena Lynn Scott

Kayla Marie Simons

Jessica Danielle Spears*

Cricket Thelma Margaret Stanley

Crystal L. Stanley*

Heather Paige Stevans

Sarah Alison Grace Vanover

 

Associate of Applied Science

Paralegal Studies

Wendy Morgan Bennett

Tamara S. Davidson***

Jennifer Michelle Evans

Bonnie Carroll Hamilton

Jennifer L. Harvey

Elizabeth Lea Rachelle Laster

Sarah Grace Owens

Jessica Audrey Wells**

Associate of Applied Science

Police Science

Williams Wesley Bausell***

Brett Madison Freeman**

Matthew Jonathon Glass**

Charles E. Hill

Austin Blaine Jessee

Jeffrey Allen Kilbourne***

Christian T. Mullins

Dominic S. Nickels*

Ethan James Penley**

Bailey Shawn Smith

Natasha Brooke Smith

Robert Aaron Stidham

Angelina Corette Woodard

 

Associate of Applied Science

Respiratory Therapy

Breanna Nicole Bevins**

Keisha Renee Boldon*

Cieara B. Davenport*

Sherry K. Deaton

Abigail Faith Grabeel**

Michael Brandon Grimes**

Chelsea D. Lawson*

Christian Blake Minnick**

Tracie LeAnn Powers**

LeAnn Terenda Ramey*

 

Associate of Applied Science Technical Studies:

Welding

Adam Maurice Bowers

Jeffery Coty Cheyenne Collins*

Joseph Edward Freeman*

Scottie Hunley***

Brandon Mitchell Perry**

Devin Allen Rose

Dustin Kincaid Whisenhunt*

 

Certificate

Accounting

Dana Elaine Barnette*

Heather R. Boggs***

 

Certificate

Administration of Justice: Corrections Option

Robert Aaron Stidham

 

Certificate

Administration of Justice: Law Enforcement Option

Williams Wesley Bausell***

Robert Aaron Stidham

 

Certificate

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Shane Douglas Boggs

Zachary Scott Hall

Joshua S. Jones

 

Certificate

Clerical Assistant

Crystal S. Phillips*

Michael P. Sizemore**

Rhiannon Lynn Willis

 

Certificate

General Education

Tyler Jackson Adams**+

Justin Glenn Anderson-Woodard**

Mackenzie Brooke Arney*

Kaylee Rhea Austin

Burley Walter Ball, III***+

Rashell P. Barton*

Ethan Scott Bishop

Hannah Elisabeth Grace Blair+

Mackenzie Nichole Blanton

Madison Brooke Blanton***+

Randall Scott Bradley

Tamra Noel Brewer**

Megan Aimilee Bright

Sarah A. Chandler

Andrea Ellen Church***+

Verity Abigail Victoria Collingsworth*

Ally C. Connell*+

Kristi Nicole Coomer**

Sarah Nicole Davidson

Madison Leigh Davis***

Richard Bronson McCaine Dishner***+

Katherine Rebekah Dotten+

Daniel Charles Edwards*

Opal Elizabeth Evans**

Jarrod Logan Lee Gardner**+

Cody Dwayne Gentry

Madison R. Gibson**

Colleen Elizabeth Gilliam+

Aaron Christopher Gilly

Alyssa Anne Gollaway+

Asya Unique Goode+

Noah Zachary Hall+

Ashley Brooke Hampton+

Robbie Scott Hicks

Colton Ray Holcomb***+

Savannah Fay Jarvis*

Richard Elmer Jones, II**

Alexis M. Kilbourne

Hannah Nicole Kilgore**+

Cade Everette Lane***+

Lydia Mae Lane***

Jordan M. Lawson***

Dustin Lane Lee**

Brittany Jaid Lester

Christopher Nathaniel James Lewis***

Margo D. Lewis*

Emily Joy Livingston**

Kelly Elizabeth Long**

Summer Leane McCoy

Dayna Kay McLaughlin

Marcus Jerryd Meade**+

Caleb Zachary Mullins

Chandler Blake Mullins**

Crystal Mary Jade Mullins

Daniel Wayne Mullins

Sophie Elise Mullins***+

Marglo Sarah-Jo Osborne***

Stephen Michael Pennington

Hope Nicole Phillips***+

Emma Katherine Poe**

John David Poe**

Terry W. Price**

Alexander O’Neal Pritchard***+

Hannah Kristen Quillen+

Seth Trent Rhoton**+

Ryan A. Roberson**

Alexis Breann Sexton***

Jordan Matthew Skeen**

Sierra Paige Spriggs**+

Haley Michelle Stallard**

Shawnna Caitlin Stallard

Bridget Eileen Stidham**

Lauren Elizabeth Tankersley**

Tyler Jacob Underwood

Emilee Marie Vance+

Conner Brenda Margaret Wharton+

Heather Nicole Whisenhunt

Cindy Renee White***

Cody Leon Ward Wolford*

Jamie Lee Ward Wolford**

 

Certificate

Industrial Maintenance

Joseph Gabriel Baker

Gage Brayden Blakely

Jason G. Crabtree*

Jesse James Egan

Brian Nicholas Fields***

Chad Ryan Harkleroad**

Jonathon Robin Allen Hood

Johnathan E. Allen Stapleton***

Derrick Paul Edward Watkins*

 

Certificate

Medical Office Coding and Procedures

Bethany Nicole Adkins

Emily Rebecca Baker*

Jerald Michele King**

Laura E. King

Angelina J. Mullins***

 

Certificate

Practical Nursing

Maggie Lee Begley

Caitlyn JoAnn Beverly-Boatright

Laken Savannah Bryant

Alexandra Devon Carroll***

Allison Caitlin Christian

Samantha Lea Clark

Latisha Lynn Clifton

Barbara Alyn Coleman

Angela Diane Cooper

Beverly M. Doss

Amber G. Dotson

Kayla Denise Edwards*

Christopher R. Hamblin**

Haylee Brook Hazlett

Emily Kaitlyn Hobbs

Kaitlyn Adrianna Kelly

Brittany A. Lewis*

Jade Mo’ney Marshall

Leigh-Anne C. McDaniel

Alexandria Luree Meade

Lyndsay Ann Oakes

Samantha Faye Phillips

Adam Rose

Alyssa Dawn Rose

NaKesha Nicole Sargent

Dylan Anthony Smith**

Emilee B. Smith*

Hunter May Smith

Megan Lea Smith

Samantha Fae Stallard

Toni Brooke Stamper

Kierstien Sharae Stanley

Kari Danielle Stapleton

Lynzee Danielle Sturgill

Meghan Brooke Woodsby

Honey D. Wyatt

 

Certificate

Welding

Adam Maurice Bowers

Jeffery Coty Cheyenne Collins*

Joseph Edward Freeman*

Scottie Hunley***

Devin Allen Rose

Gentry Lane Shreve

 

Career Studies Certificate

3-D Design

Justin Tyler Bright

 

Career Studies Certificate

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Rodney Craig Baker

John H. Bledsoe

Dakota T. Dahley

Joey Duwayne Justice

Garrick W. Miller

Matthew James Ollerton

 

Career Studies Certificate

Chemical Process Operator

Jason G. Crabtree

 

Career Studies Certificate

Child Development

Rachel Elizabeth Britton

Dorothy Fay Leann Collins

Brittney Ann Duty

Melissa R. Mullins

Amanda Geneva Russell

 

Career Studies Certificate

Child Development: Infant and Toddler Option

Brittney Ann Duty

Kelly Leigh Sykes

 

Career Studies Certificate

Child Development:

Pre-school Option

Rachel Elizabeth Britton

Brittney Ann Duty

Melissa R. Mullins

Amanda Geneva Russell

 

Career Studies Certificate

Computer Software Specialist: Mobile Applications Development

Adam K. Collins

James Christian Croley

John P. Jones

 

Career Studies Certificate

Electricity

Nickolas Colby Britton

Dalton Joseph James Brown

Hunter Andrew Maine

Garrick W. Miller

Matthew James Ollerton

Jacolby Blake Patrick

Patrick W. Withen

 

Career Studies Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician: Basic

Jesse L. Blair

Jacob Clinton Hamilton

Zachary Alexander Holcomb

Andrew Koby Michael Kilbourne

Giles Robert Sartin

 

Career Studies Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician: Intermediate

Justin Dwayne Allen

Caleb Ryan Cox

Ricky A. Cox

Johnathon Matthew Hollyfield

Whitney Nichole Kelly

William Lee Kennedy

Adrian Scott Curtis Mullins

Michael Paul Ramey

Caleb Edward Starnes

 

Career Studies Certificate

Energy Technology: Electrical Emphasis

Dalton Joseph James Brown

 

Career Studies Certificate

Energy Technology: HVAC Emphasis

Dalton Joseph James Brown

 

Career Studies Certificate

Funeral Services Assistant

John Michael Britton

Chelsea Rae Carico

Christina D. Cornett

Ricky Cody Lewis

 

Career Studies Certificate

Geographical Information Systems

Grant Bloomer

Jessee Matthew Cole

Zachary R. Holbrook

Emmanuel Muzungu

Jonathan Dean Pleasant

Alexander Vastine Schwartz

 

Career Studies Certificate

Graphic Design

Robert A. Phipps

 

Career Studies Certificate

Health Sciences

Rachel Katra Adams

Viola Carol Adams

Skyler Edward Allen

Rachaelle Elizabeth Bailey

Autumn Camille Bentley

Chase Austin Beverly

Katelyn Hope Bishop

Kayla Tianna Bishop

Natasha Kaitlyn Bishop

Emily Christine Blankenship

Joshua D. Blankenship

Elizabeth Leann Boggs

Angela Jewel Marie Bray

Angie N. Calhoun

Charley Rae Carroll

Sheena Cheyanne Carroll

Rosetta M. Carter

Chelsea Paige Charles

Emily Beth Charles

Verity Abigail Victoria Collingsworth

Juanita Lucille Collins

Tamela D. Collins

Christina D. Cornett

Melodee Lynn DeBoard

Alicia Mae Deel

Dillon Wyatt Dotson

Julia Summer Eldridge

Natasha B. Estep

Karla KreeAnn Fogarty

Brooke Lashae Garcia

Amber Jordan Gilliam

Alli Quinn Gray

Kendra Brooke Hamilton

Christina Jean Harvel

Erica Danielle Hayes

Hunter A. Helbert

Jennifer Nicole Hensley

Alexis Abigail Herrera

Samantha Nicole Hurd

Kelsey R. Kennedy

Brittany Danielle Kilgore

Amber N. Kiser

Kipp S. Kiser

Ashlyn Brooke Lane

Briana Danielle Lawson

Dakota Cheyenne Lewis

Valerie E. Marshall

Mia Renee Masters

Jonathan C. McDaries

Rebekah Elizabeth Messer

Kathryn Rene Morris

Allison Gabrielle Mullins

Alyssa Grace Mullins

Amy Joann Mullins

Deborah A. Mullins

Karisa Dawn Norman

Brandi Cierra Osborne

Elliott Blake Owens

Rebekah L. Owens

Camron Darold Phipps

Tiffany Marie Pigott

Emma Katherine Poe

Ashley Marie Ramey

Jonathon Brett Ramsey

Nina Susan Rhoton

Adrienne Danielle Scardo

Sareena Lynn Scott

Katy Anna Senter

Chantarae M. Shepard

Stephanie E. Slone

Amanda Elaine Smith

Stacie S. Smith

Ruth Natali Spiers

Kelsie Brooke Stallard

Allyson B. Stanley

August Kay Stanley

Billy R. Stanley

Millie Melissa Stanley

Sheena Diane Stanley

Chelsey R. Stapleton

Jacqueline Nicole Stewart

Alicia Louise Stiltner

Morganne Danielle Sturgill

Sarah B. Sturgill

Taylor Brooke Swinney

Michelle R. Taylor

Shelby M’Lynn Thomas

Courtney Brooke VanHuss

Elizabeth Diana Vanover

Jeffrey Tyler Ward

Nathan A. Ward

Brittany Johnetta Wheatley

Hayley Elizabeth Wolfe

Montica Lee Yates

 

Career Studies Certificate

Law Enforcement Management and Supervision

Douglas M. Berry

Timothy W. Carroll

David B. Collins

Dewitt Cooper

Charles W. Foster, Jr.

Christopher Todd Kent

Justin P. McCulley

Ryan Clark Phillips

Tammy L. Robinson

Robert Aaron Stidham

Ronald Christian Whitt

 

Career Studies Certificate

Medical Receptionist and Transcriptionist

Brandy Dawn Bates

Sherri D. Miller

Tracy L. Reece

 

Career Studies Certificate

Medical Records Technician

Marie Sue Hopkins

Sandra Lucina Robles

 

Career Studies Certificate

Nursing Assistant

Chelsie JoAnn Deel

Barbara E. Fleming

Prell Honey Manalim Hackney

Christopher M. Neece

Robin Kayla Smith

 

Career Studies Certificate

Old Time Music

Ginger Alvonia Joseph

 

Career Studies Certificate

Pharmacy Technician

Margaret Brooke Buchanan

Rosetta M. Carter

Hannah Caitlin Coleman

Rachel Ann Crago

Abigail Tayco Demegillo

Deanna Rebekah DeWein

Jessica Brooke Eldridge

Kristy LeAnn Griffin

Madison Lorraine Holloway

Jamie R. Keltner

Kelsey R. Kennedy

Savahanna Faith Kern

Michael Shane Kilgore, Jr.

Valerie E. Marshall

Leigh-Anne C. McDaniel

Amber Marie McElroy

Samantha Renee Miller

Andrea Leeann Moore

Sarah Elisabeth Morgan

Cassandra Nicole Page

Hayley Alyssa Penley

Cody Blake Roberts

Briana Rachelle Rose

Crystal Marie Gail Snodgrass

Janet C. Stout

Alexandra Brianna Tunnell

Chelsie Leshell Turner

Elizabeth Diana Vanover

Valerie Elizabeth Vick

Allison Victoria Williams

 

Career Studies Certificate

Phlebotomy

Amanda J. Back

Sharessa Marie Blair

Lisa D. Briggs

Rosetta M. Carter

Kasey Amanda Ruth Dalton

Tiffany BreAnn Farmer

Makayla Leanna Fields

Channie R. Franklin

Lila Grace Gilliam

Jordan Douglas Kelley

Jennifer Morgan Kelly

Stephanie Kristen Lamb

Savannah B. Lambert

Hannah M. Maness

Judi Denise Mathieson

Melissa Marie McGahy

Chasity Hope McKinney

Ashlyn Marie Mitchell

Gabriela Tuma Moore

Shasta Renee Myers

Jason R. O’Quinn

Peyton Andrew Palmer

Maria Dawn Pridemore

Rochelle Lynne Pritchett

Asia Savannah Ramey

Rachel Michelle Reece

Cobye Ray Robbins

Belinda S. Scott

Caley Ann Shearin

Kady Delia Sowards

Kandace Brooke Sturgill

Brittany Leshae Wilder

Allison Victoria Williams

Taryn Rashalee Williams

 

Career Studies Certificate

Real Estate

Logan Lorenzo

 

Career Studies Certificate

Small Business Management

Allison Marie Lawson

Kayla Nicole Terry

 

Career Studies Certificate

Software Development I

James Christian Croley

Everett Rece Hunsaker

John P. Jones

Candace Makenze Keith

Ashlee Nicole Lewis

Zachary Shane Pilkenton

Anthony S. Redman

Thomas Hunter Triplett

 

Career Studies Certificate

Software Development II

James Christian Croley

Everett Rece Hunsaker

John P. Jones

Candace Makenze Keith

Ashlee Nicole Lewis

Zachary Shane Pilkenton

Anthony S. Redman

Thomas Hunter Triplett

 

Career Studies Certificate

Welding Operator

Joshua Adam Barnett

Adam Maurice Bowers

Isaac Devin Deel

Joseph Edward Freeman

James Darwin Gilmer

Justin T. Hall

Jared Allen Harvey

Brian Keith Humphrey

Scottie Hunley

Jessie J. Middleton

Devin Allen Rose

Paul Jarrod Slayton

Jimmy D. Spears, Jr.

Dakota Tyler VanHuss

Wesley R. Whitman

Daniel S. Yeary


 

GRADUATION WITH HONORS

To be eligible for graduation with honors, a student must have at least the following grade point average and complete an associate degree or certificate:

*Honors (cum laude), 3.2

**High Honors (magna cum laude), 3.5

***Highest Honors (summa cum laude), 3.8
+High school students

Individuals have been designated in the program as honor students based on their grade point average at the completion of the semester prior to the one in which they will graduate. Students wearing gold tassels are honor students. Students wearing gold stoles are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society. Students wearing red, white, & blue cords are U.S. Military Veterans.

 

MECC Foundation Inducts Ben Allen into its Hall of Honor at Annual Gala Event

Ben Allen

Big Stone Gap, VA — The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will induct Mr. Ben E. Allen into its Hall of Honor at the 2017 spring Gala to be held on campus Saturday, May 20, at 6 p.m. Mr. Allen will be recognized for his many years of exemplary service to Mountain Empire Community College and to the region.

The MECC Foundation Hall of Honor was created in 2001 to recognize citizens who have made significant contributions to the area or to the development of Mountain Empire Community College. Mr. Allen began his service on the MECC Foundation Board of Directors in July 1996, and he has served continuously since that time, serving as Chair of the Board in 2006 and 2007. He was made an Emeritus member in July of 2001.

In addition to Mr. Allen’s service to Mountain Empire Community College, he is a leader in service to his community, having served on the Boards of Lenowisco Planning District Commission, the Wise County Industrial Development Authority, Wellmont Lonesome Pine Hospital, Wellmont Foundation, Big Stone Gap Redevelopment and Housing Authority, and Holston Home for Children, among others.

Mr. Allen served on the Big Stone Gap Town Council during the 70s and again in the 90s, and served as Mayor of Big Stone Gap twice. He has been a member of the Big Stone Gap Lions Club since 1960, and served a President twice.

Mr. Allen was President and General Manager of Southwest Oil Company for over 40 years. Upon retirement from that organization, he served as promoter of Lonesome Pine Raceway, and he, along with Ken Crowder and his son, Mike, has hosted Pigskin Picks, a popular weekly radio sports show, for the last 17 years. Mr. Allen has also served South-West Insurance Company in a public relations capacity for over 20 years. He was the public address announcer for Powell Valley football for four decades. He has been a member of Trinity United Methodist Church for over 50 years, and has served on various church committees.

Mr. Allen has worked tirelessly to make our region a better place to live. He truly cares about others, and he is a friend to all.

The 2017 Gala theme is “You’ve Got a Friend in Ben.”  The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp Commons of Phillips-Taylor Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner in the Goodloe Center at 6:45 p.m. A short recognition program will follow dinner, and musical entertainment by The Virginians will top off the evening.

Proceeds from the event will establish the Ben E. Allen Hall of Honor Opportunity Fund, an unrestricted fund that will allow the resources to be used where they are needed most.

Sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit www.meccfoundation.org for more information.

Tickets to the May 20 Gala are $75 each and may be purchased by calling Jeri Bledsoe at (276) 523-2400, ext. 287, or by e-mailing her at jbledsoe@mecc.edu. Tickets may be purchased or donations made online by going to the MECC Foundation website, www.meccfoundation.org and selecting the “Make a Gift” button.  When completing the information, the form will ask for “Gift Instructions.”  Please specify that the funds are for Gala Tickets, or Gala Donation, or Gala Sponsor, as the case may be.

Donations may also be mailed to MECC Foundation, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219, Please make checks payable to MECC Foundation and indicate in the memo section of your check “Ben E. Allen Hall of Honor Opportunity Fund.”

If you have questions, or need additional information about the event, please contact Jeri Bledsoe at 276-523-2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

-MECC Foundation-

 

 

 

 

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 on the preferred candidate. For more information, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480.

State Board Committee Certifies Four Finalists for Mountain Empire Community College Presidency

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified four finalists for the position of president at Mountain Empire Community College. The finalists were among more than 80 applicants from across the nation.
 
The four finalists are Dr. David L. Brand of Fayetteville, NC; Dr. Brian W. Van Hornof Murray, KY; Dr. Kristen A. Westover of Martinsville, VA; and Dr. Steven K. Yohoof Roswell, GA.
 
“The Mountain Empire Community College presidency is appealing to an impressive collection of community college leaders from around the country,” said Glenn DuBois, chancellor of Virginia’s Community Colleges. “The focus our colleges place on student success, our innovative approaches to providing short-term workforce training, and our stability make us attractive to high-performing education leaders seeking their next career step.”
 
     Dr. David L. Brand has worked in higher education for the last 18 years, following a 23-year career in the United States Army from which he retired at the rank of Major. Brand currently serves as the senior vice president and chief academic officer of Fayetteville Technical Community College in North Carolina, a role he has held since 2012. Prior to that, he worked as the director of the Department of Education, a senior civilian role at the U.S. Army Special Operations Command at Fort Bragg, NC. He also worked as the senior military training and education analyst at the Center for Army Lessons Learned, based at Fort Leavenworth, KS. Brand previously served as the chief academic officer and dean of the college at Bauder College in Atlanta. For six years, he worked at DeVry University and the Keller Graduate School of Management in Atlanta, where he began as a director of academic operations, rose to become dean of the education center and then the regional director of operations. Brand earned a doctorate from the University of South Carolina; a master’s degree from the University of Houston, and a bachelor’s degree from Troy State University.
 
     Dr. Brian W. Van Horn has nearly 20 years of experience in higher education. He currently serves as the associate provost and dean of regional academic outreach at Murray State University, in Murray, KY, a position he has held since 2008. His MSU career began in 1998 when he served as an assistant professor and director of the MSU Paducah Regional Campus, and then as the university’s assistant dean of regional academic outreach in 2001. Van Horn has served as both vice president, in 2013, and president, in 2014, of the Association for Continuing Higher Education. He holds a doctorate from the University of Memphis, and both a master’s degree and bachelor’s degree from Murray State University.
 
     Dr. Kristen A. Westover has more than 25 years of experience in higher education. She currently serves as the vice president for academic and student services at Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, a position she has held since 2011. Previously, she served as higher education program coordinator at the University of Texas in Austin, from 2009-2011. From 2008-2009, she served as director of technical programs for the Kansas Board of Regents. In 2016, the Aspen Institute selected Westover for inclusion in the inaugural class of its national Aspen Presidential Fellows program. She holds a doctorate from Nova Southeastern University in Florida, and both a master’s degree in instructional technology and a bachelor’s degree from Fort Hays State University in Kansas.
 
     Dr. Steven K. Yoho has more than 20 years of experience in higher education, intermixed with positions he has held in other industries. He currently serves as president of both the Atlanta campus and Northern Virginia campus of Argosy University, a position he has held since 2013. Yoho began his academic career in 1992 as an adjunct professor at Marietta College and Washington State Community College. He became the business chair and athletic director of Ohio Valley University in Vienna, WV in 1994. Yoho went on to become associate dean of the Lipscomb University College of Business in 1999, and later worked in the University System office of South University in Savannah, GA, for seven years as dean of the College of Business in 2007, and later as vice chancellor for academic affairs in 2008. He holds a doctorate from Ohio University; a master’s degree from West Virginia University; a bachelor’s degree from Oklahoma Christian University; and an associate degree from Ohio Valley College.
 
The four finalists seek to succeed Dr. Scott Hamilton, the college’s sixth president, who is retiring at the end of June after serving in that role since 2010.
 
The finalists will each visit the campus of MECC in May, to meet with faculty, staff, students and community members.
 
Mountain Empire Community College, founded in 1972 and located in Big Stone Gap, VA, is a comprehensive two-year college serving approximately 3,800 credit students and more than 1,000 noncredit students annually from the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the city of Norton.
 
About Virginia’s Community Colleges: Since 1966, Virginia’s Community Colleges have given everyone the opportunity to learn and develop the right skills so lives and communities are strengthened. By making higher education and workforce training available in every part of Virginia, we elevate all of Virginia. Together, Virginia’s Community Colleges serve more than 252,000 students each year. For more information, please visit [www.vccs.edu]www.vccs.edu.

Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2017 Governor’s School

Big Stone Gap – Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the 2017 Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School to be held June 12 through June 23 on the college campus.

MECC Governor’s School is open to public and home school students in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the City of Norton, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. This two-week program features a variety of hands-on activities in one of several subject areas selected by the student. Students spend time in the field, in labs, on tours, and in the classroom with the faculty of Mountain Empire Community College. Students who complete the session will receive six college credit hours, tuition-free. In addition to classroom activities, students will participate in field trips to area colleges.

Ten academic strands will be offered this summer, including:

  • 3-D Animation/Game Design – Are you a gamer? Take your skills to the next level by learning the basic techniques of game design. Create your own 3D game from concept to implementation using traditional and computer-generated animation.
  • Art Illustration for Graphic Novels – Love a good story? Create your own narrative by learning character development and illustration techniques. Students will complete a graphic novel they design.
  • Cyber Security – The FBI anticipates that cyber-attacks will soon become one of the greatest threats to our nation’s security. Fight crime by delving into the minds of hackers. Learn how to prevent cyber-attacks while also preparing for one of the nation’s most in-demand career fields.
  • Drama – Calling all drama queens and kings! Produce your own full-length play and learn the basic components of play production, from lights to sound, set design and character study. Students will premiere a full-length production of their own creation.
  • Drones – Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most innovative new technologies. Learn to build, configure, maintain, and legally fly drones both for fun and for commercial use. An exciting career pathway for those interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
  • Engineering – Be an innovator! Use your technical and creative skills to design 3-D models and animation and solve complex engineering problems. Invent your future in engineering in this exciting field.
  • Entrepreneurship and Regional Tourism – Interested in starting your own business? Southwest Virginia’s tourism industry is dependent on small businesses. Develop your own business concept while exploring the best of our region’s assets.
  • Environmental Science – The mountains are calling. You must go! Learn about the mountains and streams of Southwest Virginia and current and potential threats to these ecosystems. Students will engage in a water quality study on the Clinch and Powell Rivers that will have a long-term positive impact on our region’s water systems.
  • Solar Energy – Want to change the world? The future of energy technology is solar power! Learn basic electrical theory while exploring solar and wind technologies in an exciting new career field.
  • Web Design – The future of technology is endless. Learn more about computer programming, application design and development, and robotic technologies. Students will explore career paths in high-paying, high-demand technological fields.

Applications to attend the 2017 Governor’s School will be accepted until May 26, 2017 or until spaces are filled. Limited space is available and students are encouraged to apply early. To view additional information or to download the 2017 application, please visit the Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School website at www.mecc.edu/govschool or contact John Bledsoe, Governor’s School Coordinator, at (276) 523-2400 ext. 307.

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MECC, Frontier Health Partner in Adoption Awareness Campaign

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College, in partnership with Frontier Health, will host the Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit to promote adoption awareness.

The exhibit, on display in MECC’s Slemp Commons in Phillips-Taylor Hall from May 3-15, was created to find forever families for children in foster care. The exhibit features photographs and profiles of adoptable youth from across the Commonwealth. A special grand opening for the Heart Gallery will be held Wednesday, May 3 at 1 p.m. The public is welcome to attend. Refreshments will be served.

The state of Virginia has a high rate of youth in foster care without a permanent placement. Frontier Health and MECC’s Great Expectations program are working to change the perception of foster youth and raise awareness about the number of youth in our area that are available for adoption.

After leaving MECC, the Heart Gallery will travel to DePaul Community Resources in Abingdon, VA. The Heart Gallery is made possible by a grant awarded to Frontier Health by the Virginia Department of Social Services.

For more information on the event, contact Elizabeth McMurray, Frontier Health Post Adoption Services at emcmurra@frontierhealth.org or Kari Paschetto, MECC Great Expectations (kpaschetto@mecc.edu).

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MECC Recognizes Spring 2017 Phlebotomy Students, Accepting Applications For Fall

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Phlebotomy cohort. Students interested in completing this two-semester, 25 credit program are encouraged to apply online at www.mecc.edu/forms.

The deadline to apply for the next phlebotomy cohort at MECC is July 15. Students who need to complete pre-requisite courses for the cohort must enroll for the Summer 2017 semester which begins this June.

MECC is pleased to announce the following students are completing the requirements for a Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy. The Spring 2017 Phlebotomy cohort graduates are:

Taryn Williams, Allison Williams, Caley Shearin, Asia Ramey, Kady Sowards, Sharessa Blair, Gabriela Moore, Cobye Robbins, Peyton Palmer, Jason O’Quinn, Stephanie Lamb, Channie Franklin, Rochelle Pritchett, Makayla Fields and Maria Pridemore.

For more information on MECC’s Phlebotomy program or other health science programs, contact Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator, at 276.523.7456 or by email at kdorton@mecc.edu.

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Front Row (L-R): Taryn Williams, Allison Williams, Caley Shearin, Asia Ramey, Kady Sowards, Sharessa Blair, Gabriela Moore

 Back row (L-R) Cobye Robbins, Peyton Palmer, Jason O’Quinn, Stephanie Lamb, Channie Franklin, Rochelle Pritchett

 Not pictured: Makayla Fields, Maria Pridemore

 

 

 

 

 

MECC Offers Free Trac Pipe Counterstrike Course

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Trac Pipe Counterstrike flexible gas line piping course on Wednesday, May 3, at 8:30 a.m. to noon. This free course is open to students and community members. Completion of the class is a requirement to purchase Trac Pipe supplies. Trac Pipe flexible gas piping is considered a faster and easier way to install gas line in both residential and commercial applications. Class size is limited and pre-registration is required. For more information, or to register, contact Lori Dingus at 276.523.2400 ext. 372 or by email at ldingus@mecc.edu.

MECC To Offer CNA Courses This Summer

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Saturday-only Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) courses this summer. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Big Stone Gap campus beginning May 20 through August 19. Financial aid is available, but students should apply now. Employers will be interviewing students who successfully complete the course to fill open positions. For more information or to register, please contact Mitzi Jones at mjones@mecc.edu, or call 276.523.7456.

MECC to Host Welding Course for Dislocated Employees, Families of Mining and Mining-Related Industries

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board will host a second intensive, 80-hour welding course for individuals who have been laid off due to mining and mining-related industry labor reductions.

A recent MECC welding class for dislocated coal industry workers, taught by Ben Kennedy of Dickenson County Schools, began in late March at Ridgeview High School in Clintwood. The response was so overwhelming that additional class nights were proposed and now a second, concurrent class has been scheduled to begin Monday, April 17. It will be held Mondays and Tuesdays from 3:45 p.m. to 9 p.m. or Mondays and Thursdays from 3:45 p.m. to 9 p.m., depending on students’ schedules and preferences.  Both MECC welding courses will run through June 1.

Laid-off coal miners, power plant workers, and other dislocated coal industry workers may qualify for free educational training supported by Mountain Empire Community College, the POWER-Resource Full National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG), the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board.

Those interested in applying should call Stephen Mullins, Regional POWER Grant Coordinator, at 276.608.0369.

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MECC Students Place in State Competition

Front Row (left to right): Christian Hale, Jessica Wells, Sierra Holmes, Andrew Kerr, James Lane Back Row (left to right): Jane Jones (adviser), Kevin Cooper, Beth Snodgrass (adviser)

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that several students enrolled in Business and Information Technology classes recently placed in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competition.

Six members of MECC’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Richmond to complete in 11 different business categories. Five MECC students placed first and second in 8 of the 11 categories. The competition includes students from Virginia community colleges as well as four-year institutions.

Winners are:

  • Andrew Kerr – 1st place –Job Interview
  • Andrew Kerr & James Lane – 2nd place – Business Law
  • James Lane – 1st place – Desktop Publishing
  • Jessica Wells – 2nd place – Business Communications
  • Jessica Wells – 2nd place – Information Management
  • Kevin Cooper – 2nd place – Administrative Technology
  • Christian Hale – 2nd place – Future Business Educator
  • Christian Hale – 1st place – Sales Presentation
  • Sierra Holmes – participant – Principles of Accounting
  • Sierra Holmes – participant – Personal Finance
  • Kevin Cooper – participant – Marketing Concepts

Five students, Andrew Kerr, James Lane, Jessica Wells, Kevin Cooper and Christian Hale, are now eligible to compete at the national Phi Beta Lambda competition held in Anaheim, CA this summer. The competitive events are the capstone activity of their academic careers.

The Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda, Inc., the largest and oldest student business organization, is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) education association with a quarter million members and advisers in over 6,500 active middle school, high school, and college chapters worldwide. Its mission is to bring business and education together in a positive working relationship through innovative leadership and career development programs. The association is headquartered in Reston, Virginia, just outside of Washington, D.C. For more information, visit fbla-pbl.org.

For more information on MECC’s Business Programs, visit the college’s website at www.mecc.edu or contact the Business & Information Technology division at 276.523.2400 ext. 462.

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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 Company, Mountain States Health Alliance, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Virginia State Police, Wallens Ridge State Prison, USP Lee, Food City, LogistiCare, and many more.
 
For more information on MECC’s 2017 Job Expo, contact Beth Boggs, Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.2400 ext. 324 or visit www.mecc.edu/jobexpo.

MECC to Host Auto World Golf Classic

Big Stone Gap — The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation and Auto World of Big Stone Gap will conduct the Auto World – MECC Golf Classic on Friday, April 28th at Lonesome Pine Country Club to benefit scholarships at MECC.  

Registration for the captain’s choice tournament begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m. The tournament will feature two flights and will have “most accurate drive” and “closest to the pin” prizes, as well as chipping and putting contests. Mulligan packages will be available for $10 each.

All players hitting a hole-in-one on hole #10 will win a 2017 Jeep Cherokee sponsored by Auto World of Big Stone Gap. There is also a prize of $1,000 for hitting to within 12 inches of the pin on hole #10. If more than one player accomplishes this feat, they will divide the prize money.

Following the tournament, there will be a cocktail reception featuring delicious heavy hors d’oeuvres. During that time, golfers may bid on some great items during the live auction. There will also be a silent auction which will be ongoing throughout the event.

The entry fee of $100 per person includes a continental breakfast, golf shirt, cart and green fees, post-tournament reception, most accurate drive and closest to the pin contests.

Tournament Sponsorships are available at three levels – Bronze, Silver, and Gold for financial support in the amounts of $500, $1,000, and $1,500 respectively. All tournament sponsors will receive a complimentary team and will be recognized during the tournament welcome and in the printed materials for the tournament.

Hole sponsorships are available for a $100 gift to the MECC Foundation. Hole sponsors will be recognized in the golf tournament program and by signs erected on the golf course.

Individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor the tournament in any way, provide an item for the auction, or provide a door prize may contact Jeri Bledsoe, Tournament Coordinator, by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu, or by telephone at 276-523-2400, extension 287.

Registrations may also be faxed to 276-523-7485, e-mailed to Jeri Bledsoe at jbledsoe@mecc.edu, or called in to Jeri at 276-523-2400, extension 287. For questions, please contact Jeri at the previously mentioned telephone number or e-mail address.

All proceeds from the event will help provide scholarships for Mountain Empire Community College students.

 

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Small Business Development Center to Host SEO Workshops

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Small Business Development Center will host two upcoming free workshops for small businesses on search engine optimization (SEO). “Climbing MT Google” will be held Tuesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pioneer Center in Duffield. A second session will be offered on Monday, April 3 from 1:30 to 3:30 p.m. at the First Baptist Church Bridge Meeting Room in Gate City. The workshops are designed to increase participant’s understanding of what SEO is and why it is important; how modern consumers find businesses and spend money; and how to improve your SEO and web page rankings. Seating is limited to the first ten businesses to register. To register, visit http://smallbizmedia.net/area-workshop-and-event-registration or call MECC’s Small Business Development Center at 276.523.2400 ext. 328.

MECC Offers Fitness Walking Class

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will host a Fitness Walking for Life course this spring. PED 195 – Fitness Walking for Life is a one credit course to be offered on Tuesdays from 4:45 p.m. to 5:40 p.m., March 13 through May 5 in the Godwin Hall Fitness Center. Participants will learn how to implement and evaluate an individualized program of walking based upon their fitness level. Participants should wear comfortable shoes because they will be expected to walk during a portion of the class period. The course will be led by Instructor Jacqueline Cusano. For more information, or to enroll, contact MECC’s Enrollment Services office at 276.523.7474.

Nominations Sought for 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni & Friends Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the MECC Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to one or more areas of society, i.e., professional, academic, and personal achievements, civic service, or service to MECC.

All living MECC alumni who have completed at least one class at MECC are eligible to be nominated and considered for the award. Self-nominations are also welcome. Current members of the MECC Local Advisory Board and the MECC Foundation Board of Directors, current faculty and staff of the college, and members of the MECC Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

The nomination form is available below. There is no limit to the number of nominations that one may submit. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award is Tuesday, February 28.

A subcommittee of the MECC Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee will select the winner of the award, and the winner will be announced at the annual Scholars’ Recognition Night Banquet held in April.

For questions, please contact Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation office at 276-523-2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

 

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 stops in Budapest, Hungary; Krakow, Poland; Prague, Czech Republic; and Vienna, Austria. Visit fortified castles, breathtaking scenery, and humbling stops like Auschwitz and Krakow’s Jewish Quarter. Eastern Europe offers thrills and history unfiltered.

Japan is a microcosm of civilization at heart. This 11-day tour will feature stops in Tokyo, Kyoto, Osaka, Hiroshima and Hakone. Discover a polite order to urbanization that is defined by the ancient world that remains, a seamless blending of cutting-edge technology and preserved history. Visit historic, religious, and natural monuments on this amazing, once-in-a-lifetime journey.

Both tours will be led by MECC faculty members. Current MECC students who have completed at least 12 credit hours and have maintained a 3.0 GPA are eligible for a $1,000 scholarship toward travel expenses. Current MECC students who reside in Dickenson County may be eligible for an additional scholarship.

To view the full trip itinerary or apply for a scholarship, visit www.mecc.edu/travel.  For more information, please contact MECC Community Relations Coordinator Amy Greear at (276) 523-7480 or by email at agreear@mecc.edu.

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MECC to Offer CNA Certification Course

Gate City – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a 10-week evening and weekend course in Scott County this spring to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. Students will have two options for class scheduling – Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An informational meeting will be held at the Scott County Career and Technical Nursing Lab in Gate City on Tuesday, February 21 at 6 p.m. Those interested in enrolling in the course, or future CNA classes, are invited to attend. For more information, or to register for the course, contact Kim Dorton, MECC’s Assistant Dean of Health Science, at 276.523.7456.

Nominations Sought for MECC Distinguished Alumni Award

Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni & Friends Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the MECC Distinguished Alumni Award.

The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to one or more areas of society, i.e., professional, academic, and personal achievements, civic service, or service to MECC.

All living MECC alumni who have completed at least one class at MECC are eligible to be nominated and considered for the award. Self-nominations are also welcome. Current members of the MECC Local Advisory Board and the MECC Foundation Board of Directors, current faculty and staff of the college, and members of the MECC Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

The nomination form is available below. There is no limit to the number of nominations that one may submit. The deadline for nominations for the 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award is Tuesday, February 28.

A subcommittee of the MECC Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee will select the winner of the award, and the winner will be announced at the annual Scholars’ Recognition Night Banquet held in April.

For questions, please contact Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation office at 276-523-2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

 

 

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 credits and a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.

 

APPALACHIA: Tamara Davidson, Ernest Mabe, Hope Phillips, Chantarae Shepard, Michael Sizemore, Dylan Smith, Gayce Snyder, and Jessica Wells.

BIG STONE GAP: Jesse Blair, Madison Blanton, Ritchie Deel, Hunter Dorton, Jerry Elkins, Alecia Estep, Bryan Fannon, Collin Fields, Krystal Grimes, Kermit Hall, Colton Holcomb, Kalee Horner, Andrew Kerr, Isaiah Kinsey, Karlee Lovelace, Sheena McGraw, Marglo Osborne, Rebecca Osborne, Tracie Powers, Jonathan Robbins, Micheala Russell, Savannah Smith, Leigh Ann Underwood, Kelvin Vo, Ken Vo, and Derrick Watkins.        

BIRCHLEAF: William Sykes.

CHURCH HILL, TN:  Olivia Addington.

CLINTWOOD:  Madison Davis, Daniel Ibrahim, Samantha Johnson, Chandler Mullins, Emily Mullins, Shawn Roberts, Jason Rose, Sarah Rose, Jordan Skeen, and Lakan Vanover.

COEBURN:  David Baker, Burley Ball, Marcus Clark, Carla Deel, Hurley Hamm, Hannah Kilgore, Jordan Lawson, Alexander Pritchard, and Tyler Tibbs.

DRYDEN:  Hannah Hayes.

DUFFIELD:  Jordan Bowen, Ryan Gendron, Phillip Kerns, Vicki Pearcy, Michael Rasnic, Courtney Stidham, Lauren Tankersley, Cody Wolford, and Jamie Wolford.

DUNGANNON: Thomas Sluss.

EAST STONE GAP: Shanley Brooks.

EOLIA, KY: Michelle Brock.

EVANSVILLE, IN: Meagan Monahan.

EWING:  Cody Roberts.

FT. BLACKMORE: Olivia Green and Brandon Hall.

GATE CITY: Emily Baker, Olivia Baker, April Bradshaw, Zachary Clark, Ashlyn Hammonds, Robbie Hicks, Rachel Kilgore, Sarah Kilgore, Cade Lane, Lydia Lane, Payton Lane, Tanner McMurray, Caitlin Parks, Ethan Penley, and Linley Pierson.     

HAYSI: Chelsie Deel, Catherine McCowan, and Denisha Sluss.

HILTONS: Tiah Derrick and Chelsea Mann.

JENKINS, KY: Brandy Bates, Melanie Mullins, and Tabitha Thompson.

JONESVILLE: Taylor Alsup, Rodney Baker, Alexandra Carroll, Verity Collingsworth, Timberly Dean, Courtney Eldridge, Amanda Harber, Walter Harding, Ashley Maness, Katie McDonald, Bradley Neff, Jackson Porter, Kayla Stapleton, and Zachary Trees. 

KINGSPORT, TN: Jarrod Bowen.      

MOUNT CARMEL, TN: Sarah Carter.

NEON, KY: Thelma Slone.

NICKELSVILLE: Alisha Taylor.

NORTON: Steven Fletcher, Lilly Redman, Curt Rose, Sarah Sturgill, Elizabeth Vanover, and Nathan Ward.

PENNINGTON GAP: Destiny Butler, Cieara Davenport, Haley Fannon, Rachel Fee, Roger Garrett, Daniel Hall, Haley Huff, Joshua Mullins, Emma Poe, John Poe, and Lee Street.  

POUND: Barbara Fleming, Lori Johnson, Candace Keith, Garrick Miller, Sophie Mullins, Matthew Ollerton, Zachary Pilkenton, James Stanley, and Joy Sturgill.  

POUNDING MILL:  Robin Smith.

ROSE HILL:  Charles Cox, Brian Humphrey, Dustin Lee, Eddie Parsons, Justin Pittman, Tammy Thomas, and Tina Yates.     

ST. PAUL: Michael Grimes, Pamela Hall, Daniel Hartley, Chessie Molinary, and Jennifer Shepherd.

TAZEWELL, TN:  Dalton Brown.        

WISE: Randall Bradley, tephanie Cantrell, nthony Collins, Christopher Hamblin, Christa Holmes, Derek Holmes, Joshua Jones, Jeffrey Kilbourne, Joanne Pilkenton-Robinson, Jasmine Powers, Alexis Sexton, Kendra Sexton, Jordan Wampler, Conner Wharton, and Ryan Wright.

 

Merit List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Merit List for the fall 2016 semester.  Students are eligible for the Merit List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.2 to 3.49 during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades, and part-time students who have between 6-11 credits and a GPA of 3.2 or higher during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.

 

ABINGDON: Donald Barton.

APPALACHIA: Hannah Barnett, Robert Florse, Brandy Jones, Debra Light, Taylor Perry, Catherine Rainey, and Joshua Reynolds.

BEN HUR: Hannah Coleman. 

BIG STONE GAP: Shelley Arnold, Cheyenne Bartee, Stuart Barton, Tristen Blair, John Bledsoe, Cory Carlton, Chelsea Caruso, Justin Clark, Kristi Coomer, Victoria Culbertson, Kasey Dalton, Lindsey Dickenson, Andrew Dutton, Channie Franklin, Jarrod Franklin, Angela Gibson, Emily Gibson, Cameron Gill, Brenda Gilley, Colleen Gilliam, Elizabeth Gilly, Courtney Hall, Sarah Hall, Bonnie Hamilton, Chad Harkleroad, Austin Harris, Jessee Hartsock, Cassidy Holcomb, Alexis Honeycutt, Cynthia Honeycutt, Amy Hubbard, Kaitlyn Jessee, Whitney Kelly, Alexis Kilbourne, Eddie Kilbourne, Kipp Kiser, Allison Lawson, Chelsea Lawson, Kelsey Lawson, Randall Lawson, Tanner Lawson, Ashlee Lewis, Margo Lewis, Brieann Lomax, Jeffery Morgan, Sydney Needham, Jacolby Patrick, Benny Peace, Em Poff, Hannah Quillen, Matthew Rhoten, Sakorra Rivera, Paul Slayton, Stacie Smith, Ciara Staudinger, Erica Stewart, Kelsey Vernon, Annie Wagner, Haven White, and Haley Woods.

BIRCHLEAF: Michael Sutherland.

BLACKWATER: Billie Johnson.

BRISTOL, VA: Taylor Moore.

CASTLEWOOD:  Emily Slemp.

CAWOOD, KY:  Kalyn Middleton.

CHURCH HILL, TN:  Sandra Bailey, Peyton Hickman, and Logan Noe.

CLINCHCO:  Katie Bise, KayLee Fleming, Jennifer Mullins, and Chelsea Osborne.  

CLINTWOOD:  Ricky Artrip, Hannah Baker, Michelle Bolling, Justin Browning, Dakota Cantrell, Chelsea Charles, Raina Cumbo, Whitney Davis, Trenton Deel, Jacob Dotson, Jessica Ennis, Jazmine Fannin, Emily Fleming, Kenzie Fleming, Timothy Fryatt, Dakota Hill, Isabelle Johnson, Joey Justice, Roy Moore, Amanda Mullins, April Mullins, Charlotte Mullins, Dustin Mullins, Isaac Mullins, Kenneth Mullins, Noah Mullins, Haylee Phillips, Briana Rose, Gary Rose, Jessica Salyers, Kendra Stanley, Brandy Taylor, Kerri Tompkins, and MaKayla Vaughn.          

COEBURN:  Ashley Arney, Louvina Ball, Christopher Bartley, Samantha Blankenbecler, Santana Bond, Jasmine Bowen, Timothy Boyd, Megan Bright, Tyler Bright, McKenzie Clay, Adam Collins, Brianna Collins, Gabrielle Collins, Taylor Collins, Dylan Dahley, Alicia Deel, Charles Gibson, Austin Hale, Rozalynd Hamm, Erica Hayes, Joseph Hollyfield, William Hunsaker, Tanya Isbell, Briana Lawson, Katherine Lawson, Lindsay Lawson, Hunter Lunsford, Hunter Maine, Christopher Meade, Lindsey Meade, Edwina Minor, Noah Mullins, Sierra Mullins, Catherine Nixon, Brandon Perry, Hannah Perry, Lucky Powers, Phyllis Powers, Alexandria Pridemore, Drew Richards, Sheila Ricketts, Melissa Ring, Allison Rose, Heather Rose, Cameron Stanley, Kaleigh Still, Janet Stout, and Hannah Wyrick.

CUMBERLAND, KY:  John Jones.

DANTE: Brett Newton, Isaac Rasnick, and Dylan Winslow.

DRYDEN: Makayla Bentoski, Ramona Drescher, Sheridan Herron, Zachary James, Lindsay McNeil, Baylee Robinette, and Alexandra Willis.

DUFFIELD:  Santana Adams, Erin Benjamin, Courtney Bishop, Carli Cassell, Krista Collins, Gabriel Edmunds, Ryan Edwards, Chance Fannon, Jocelyn Fields, Adam Gibson, Dylan Hammonds, Randall Kluck, Leah McDavid, Matthew McMahan, Anna Proctor, Dawn Rector, Kassidy Sharpe, Cody Smith, and Angelina White.

DUNGANNON: Alec Couch, Sierra Ingraham, and Krista Powers.   

EWING: Scottie Hunley, Maria Pridemore, Austin Williams, and Shawn Williams.

FT. BLACKMORE: Callie Carter, Ethan Darnell, Taylor Darnell, Faith Lawson, Logan Lorenzo, Elizabeth Mullins, Devynn Osborne, and Carrie Shell.

GATE CITY:  Alexis Atkins, Anna Baker, Leah Baker, Makenze Baker, Charlie Bartlett, Chance Blakely, Mitchell Cassell, Richard Chapman, Alyssa Clark, Dylan Cox, Jordan Cunningham, Austin Davis, Kiondra Dingus, Tanner Dingus, Kelsey Dockery, Sydney Fields, Hannah Flanagan, Katelyn Fuller, Bradly Gibson, Jamie Gilbert, Dylan Grindstaff, Katelyn Hall, Destiny Hatfield, Bailey Hensley, Kevin Herron, Sydney Jones, Ella Kilgore, Misty Kilgore, Phebe Lane, Brandon Ledbetter, Karson Light, Quentin Mann, Matthew Martin, Louis Maya, Olivia McCarty, Matthew McConnell, Sawyer Miller, Sydney Miller, Kristel Moore, Joshua Penley, Brandi Potts, Ruth Potts, Frances Ramsey, Jonathon Ramsey, Haley Reed, Bryanna Rhoton, Robin Richards, Chynna Roberts, Trenton Robinette, Bailey Rusek, Tristan Shell, Anastasia Smith, Phoebe Smith, Brayden Stokes, McKenzie Templeton, Whitney Tipton, Landon Turner, Andrew Vaughn, Santana Vincent, Andrew Williams, Lauryn Williams, and Jessica Winters.

HAYSI: Heaven Blevins,Elizabeth Fields,Kenna Fields,Prell Honey Hackney,Jaren Owens,Lisa Rife,Caleb Stanley,Matney Sutherland,Jenna Triplett, and  Kasey Yates.

HILTONS: Madison Clark, Kobe Derrick, Nathan McDavid, Nicole McMurray, Holly Owens, Abigail Sallee, and Abby Turner.

JONESVILLE:  Rachel Adams, Claudia Alsup, Mackenzie Arney, Austin Dean, Abbie Dorman, Julia Eldridge, Jacob Garrett, Emily Graham, Taylor Hines, Velma Jerrell, Stephanie Lamb, Hannah Martin, Dayna McLaughlin, Abigayle Nighswander, Makaila Penley, Kaylin Pennington, Michael Short, Eryn Surber, Sarah Taylor, Brooklyn Warner, Hunter Watson, and Cameron White.

KEOKEE:  Aaron Begley, Tiffany Lawson, and Johnathan Stapleton.

KINGSPORT, TN: Kayla Bird, Hunter Bowen, Landon Gardner, Abbey Mullins, Tyler Page, Emma Peterson, Alexandra Pillion, and Haley Williams.         

MCCLURE:  Brayden Carty and Dustin Whisenhunt.

MOUNT CARMEL, TN: Leah Fields, Kiersan Light, and Barbara Jean Whitehead.

NICKELSVILLE: Nakeshia Boggs, Tyler Culbertson, Alyssa Ferguson, Ashlyn Lane, Jasmine McCloud, Stephen Pennington, Savanna Phillips, Chelsey Stapleton, and Leigh Ann Stapleton.

NORA:  Chasity McKinney.

NORTON:  Jailen Bailey, Clayton Baker, Shannon Ball, Tierra Bates, Jonathan Blackwell, Tony Boggs, Laura Brickey, Ethan Cates, Andrew Cavins, Candice Collins, Wendy Cooke, April Darnell, Brian Fields, Alyssa Fultz, Rosalyn Fultz, Taylor Gardner, Kimberly Gilliam, Tyler Ingle, Cassandra Isom, Cameron Jenkins, Ginger Joseph, Kelsey Kennedy, Makenna Kennedy, Bobby Kern, Amber Kiser, Jasmine Maggard, Laquiel McCurdy, Autumn Mullins, onathan Mullins, Derek Noaks, Nicholas Noble, Cassandra Page, Allison Palmer, Hannah Phelps, Brian Potter, Summer Rhodes, Cobye Robbins, Ryan Roberson, Nathaniel Robinette, arrod Ruley, Brittany Rutherford, Courtney Sargent, Isaac Shortt, Stephanie Slone, Sierra Spriggs, Tammy Stanley, Kira Sturgill, Amanda Thacker, Karli Underwood, Payton Walker, Jeffrey Ward, Jessica Ward, Robert Wells, and Savannah Wiles.

PENNINGTON GAP:  Sydney Anderson, Autumn Bishop, Loghan Dye, Gerald Fitzpatrick, Austin Hornsby, Samantha Hurd, Annalysse Parsons, Katherine Pridemore, Teresa Rhoten, and Maggie Zhang.

PIKEVILLE, KY: Caleb Godsey.

POUND:  Rebecca Blanton, Ethan Bolling, David Cantrell, McKenzie Crabtree, Justin Elkins, Dallas Eskridge, Carlie Fleming, Ashtyn Grant, Kristy Griffin, Jon Habersetzer, Sherri Holston, Alexandria Hutchison, Logan Johnson, Dawson Meade, Allison Mullins, Keyleigh Mullins, Merri Mullins, Robert Mullins, Tammy Ollerton, Chasity Phillips, Brittany Potter, April Powers, Benjamin Salyers, Hannah Stallard, Matthew Stallard, Lauren Sturgill, and Matthew Sturgill.

ROGERSVILLE:  Rachel Vaughn.

ROSE HILL:  Robin Cottrell, nna Davis, Rebekah Glass, Jordan Langley, and Nicholas Williams.

ST. CHARLES: Chelsey Stapleton, Summer Stapleton, and Alicia Stiltner.

ST. PAUL: Benjamin Broyles, Jessica Culbertson, Makayla Funk, Hunter Hall, Grace McCowan, Rachel McCowan, Melissa Meade, Jayme Salyers, and Taylor Salyers.

WEBER CITY:  Caleb Bright, Hunter Davis, John Fansler, Tyler Fields, Callie McMurray, Katalin Perry, and Casey Wood. 

WILLIAMSBURG:  Brent Weiss.

WISE:  William Addington, Janna Anderson, Rachel Bailey, Sydney Bates, Christopher Bishop, Joseph Boggs, Adam Bowen, Emily Broadwater, Rebecca Bush, Jessica Caldwell, Hannah Cantrell, Andrea Church, Tucker Coffey, Stephanie Compton, Zoe Crihfield, Hunter Culbertson, Deanna DeWein, Breanna Ellis, Ashlee Fletcher, Jarrod Gardner, Coleman Gentry, Taylor Guthrie, Amanda Hall, Marc Hamilton, Benjamin Hayes, Michael Hill, Millie Hillman, Thomas Hillman, Karen Hubbard, Amanda Hughes, Kaitlyn Ingle, Ashlyn Jones, Dale Kennedy, Jessica Kennedy, Bobby Kern, Gwendolyn Kern, Rachel Lester, Emily Livingston, Gregory Maggard, Melissa McGahy, Hunter McNew, lexandria Meade, Kathryn Morris, lyssa Mullins, Angelina Mullins, Dalton Mullins, Eryk Nayagam, Rebecca O’Quinn, Elliott Owens, Brooklyn Porter, Felicia Powers, Rebecca Richardson, Mallory Shell, Cheyenne Shepherd, Angelica Shoffner, Trevor Shupe, Elijah Smith, Devin Stacy, Haley Stallard, Colyn Sturgill, Morganne Sturgill, Nathaniel Swiney, Sierra Thacker, Katelyn Tignor, Miriam Vanover, Nathan Vicars, and Joshua Webb.      

 

Honor’s List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Honor’s List for the fall 2016 semester.  Students are eligible for the Honor’s List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.

 

ABINGDON: Amanda Montgomery.

APPALACHIA:  Tanner Hall, Rose Holmes, and Robert Stidham.

BEN HUR: Nicholas Hadges.

BIG STONE GAP:  Braxton Bishop, Patrick Brooks, Sarah Chandler, Raechel Clark, Ally Connell, James Day, Richard Dishner, Evan Duncan, Madison Gibson, Tori Gibson, Donnie Guerrant, Kristy Hood-Pickell, Madison Jones, Casey McKee, Briana Meredith, Dominic Nickels, Kirsten Record, Rebecca Shupe, Jimmy Spears, Benjamin Sullivan, Gabriel Vaughan, Christopher Wampler, David Woodward, Logan Yose, and Jordan Young.           

BLACKSBURG:  Emily Hjulstrom, Jessica Eldridge, and Logan Shepard.

CASTLEWOOD:  Jeanna Finch and Elizabeth Ward. 

CLINCHPORT:  Rebecca Lane.                       

CLINTWOOD:  Rashell Barton, Kailee Cox, Makayla Horne, Christopher Neece, Amanda Phillips, Katlyn Phillips, Devin Rose, Isaac Stanley, and Montica Yates.         

COEBURN:  Tyler Adams, Laken Austin, Emily Baker, Shawn Johnson, Richard Jones, Emmitt Kellogg, Marcus Meade, Natasha Smith, Neisha Tuggle, and Herlin Vance.

DANTE:  Kelly Sykes.

DRYDEN:  Toni Flanary, Matthew Sturgill, and Alexander Wilder.  

DUFFIELD:  Katelyn Bishop, Kayla Chambers, LaShalia Dorton, Chad Fritz, Sarah Harris, Sherri Miller, Brandon Perry, Caitlin Summey, Michael Tomlinson, Samuel Wheeler, Grace White, and Holly Williams.

DUNGANNON:  Tuan Pham and Nathaniel Quillen.

EAST STONE GAP: Roscoe Sexton.

EWING: MaKayla Yeary.

FT. BLACKMORE: Keila Vaughn.

GATE CITY:  Noah Bledsoe, Adam Bowers, Gary Bradshaw, Augusta Carver, Olivia Dishner, Alexis Flanary, Briana Gilbert, Sydney Helms, Alexandra Johnson, James Lane, Kurt Lane, Austin Lussardi, Katherine Musick, Taylor Page, Peyton Palmer, Derick Robinette, and Courtney Wilson.

HAYSI:  Sarah Owens.

HILTONS:  Christopher Lewis.

JONESVILLE:  Hannah Allen, Irvin Chavarria, Charna Davis, Kaitlin Mencer, Samuel Scott, Kelsey Sexton, Makayla Sharpe, Kayla Terry, and Brandon White.

KEOKEE: Zachary Hall.

KINGSPORT, TN:  Elijah Leighton, Christian Minnick, and Caleb Tabor.

LEBANON:  Ashlie Pineda.

NICKELSVILLE:  Courtney Boggs, Brittney Duty, and Cindy White.

NORA: Tiffany Hill.

NORTON:  Victoria Adams, William Buchanan, McKenzie Dykstra, Mikala Dykstra, Bruce Gardner, Leah Gilbert, Ronald Gilliam, Nathan McFalls, Patricia Peters, and Roneil Yu.

PENNINGTON GAP:  Tamra Brewer, Joshua Calton, Allison Cochran, Katelyn Hurlock, Enrique Lopez, Shawn Napier, Jordan Robbins, Kaitlyn Robbins, Charles Smith, and Angelina Woodard.  

POUND:  Nickolas Britton, Dalten McCoy, Janet Moore, and Jacqueline Polly.

ROSE HILL:  Summer Corbin, atthew Glass, Abigail Grabeel, and Marie Hopkins.

ST. PAUL: Kayla Collins.

WEBER CITY:  Williams Bausell and Cathrine Rucker.

WISE:  Bethany Adkins, Amanda Bolling, Jordan Collins, Brett Freeman, Graysen Hale, Kaitlyn Hamilton, Kendra Hamilton, Hannah Hughes, Briana Kiser, Jason Oquinn, Rachel Porchie, and Karrie Powers.

 

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 Earth Day 2016.  Each bag was filled with valuable Food City exclusive brand merchandise and retailed for $10.00 plus tax.  100% of the proceeds from the bag sales were presented to local colleges to provide scholarships for displaced miners, their spouse or their children wishing to continue their education. 

The total amount of funds available at Mountain Empire Community College is $5,250.00 to support seven (7) $750.00 scholarships. 

To be eligible for consideration a student must:

  • Be a Virginia resident
  • A current/former employee of the coal industry (documentation required)
  • A dependent spouse or child of a current/former employee of the coal industry (documentation required)
  • Enrolled Spring semester 2017 for credit courses
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.0 if enrolled prior to Spring 2017.
  • Have completed the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA).

Priority consideration for these scholarships will be for students enrolled full-time who need assistance with tuition and fees.

Please visit www.mecc.edu/scholarships to print and complete the scholarship application. 

The deadline for consideration is Friday, February 3, 2017.  Please submit all applications and required documentation to the Financial Aid office.

For more information on the MECC Foundation visit www.meccfoundation.org or call 276.523.2400 ext. 466.

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MECC Recognizes Fall 2016 Practical Nursing Program Cohort

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the fall 2016 Practical Nursing program cohort.

Each year, more than 40 students apply to join the Practical Nursing cohort. Only 25 students are selected based on their academic performance, non-nursing courses completed, and admission testing scores. The Practical Nursing program is a three semester certificate program. Students are admitted twice a year (fall and spring).

MECC’s Fall 2016 Practical Nursing Cohort are: (front row left to right) Kari Stapleton, Lyndsay Oaks, Emily Mullins, Kayla Edwards; (middle row left to right) Hunter Smith, Laken Bryant, Allison Christian, Meghan Woodsby, Allie Carroll, and Caitlin Beverly; (back row left to right) Honey Wyatt, Maggie Begley, Latisha Clifton, and Christopher Hamblin.

For more information on MECC’s Practical Nursing program, please contact Mitzi Jones, Sabrina Cowden, or Lena Whisenhunt at 276.523.2400 ext. 456 or lwhisenhunt@mecc.edu.  

 

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MECC Receives Grant to Launch Power Lineman Program

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College has been awarded a $950,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commissions’ POWER Initiative to establish the region’s only power lineman training program.

The non-credit lineman training will enable students to earn a number of credentials to prepare them for entry into an apprenticeship program with the power distribution industry. MECC’s 14-15 week power program will incorporate a variety of competencies and certifications requested by employers, including OSHA-10 safety certification; CPR/First Aid; National Center for Construction Education and Research (NCCER) Core Basic certification; Virginia Department of Transportation Traffic Control training; Chainsaw Safety, Forklift Operator certification; Commercial Driver’s License (CDL); and NCCER Line Power Worker Certification.

The grant will help fund the start-up costs of the program, including hiring faculty, as well as purchasing vehicles and educational supplies needed for instruction.  

MECC is partnering with power industry employers to develop and implement the training curriculum that equips participants for entry-level employment as apprentice utility line workers. The Flatwoods Job Corps Center, in Coeburn, Va., will provide a training site and dormitory space for individuals who must travel to the region to participate in this intensive training. Some Flatwoods Job Corps Center students are expected to participate in the program.

MECC anticipates operating the program on a full time schedule of four 10-hour days each week, with Fridays reserved for career exploration, studying, job shadowing, and related activities.

Power utilities usually hire entry-level employees as power groundmen (or apprentice linemen). These workers participate in employer-specific training and apprenticeship programs to become journeyman linemen. This progression typically takes approximately four to five years to complete, with the salary increasing as apprentices develop the required skills to be promoted to the position of lineman.

 “The power groundman and lineman career pathway presents a rare opportunity for former coal miners to retrain for jobs with the potential to replace the high wages formerly offered by the coal industry,” said MECC President Scott Hamilton. “The demand for power line workers is largely the result of large-scale retirements of experienced linemen across the industry. Workforce demographics, combined with aging electrical transmission and distribution infrastructure and an insufficient pipeline of younger workers entering middle-skilled technical careers, have focused industry attention on the development of more linemen as a critical priority.”

For more information on the power lineman program, contact Tommy Clements, MECC Dean of Applied Science and Technology at 276.523.2400 ext. 431 or by email at tclements@mecc.edu.

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MECC to Offer Online Training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer online training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) this spring. Individuals, municipal and regional government organizations, and public service workers interested in furthering their training in GIS are encouraged to enroll. Courses offered this spring include GIS 200 & 201 Geographic Information Systems I and II, GIS 205 GIS 3-Dimensional Analysis and GIS 210 Understanding Geographic Data. Participants can learn about geospatial technologies, applying GIS into business operations and can earn certifications in the GIS field. Classes begin January 30. For more information, or to register, contact Jake Gilly, GIS Instructor, at 276.523.2400 ext. 280, or visit www.mecc.edu/programs/gis


 

MECC to Offer Free Quick Start to College Class

Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The class is designed for individuals who have considered enrolling in college, but are unsure about what is required. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning February 21 through March 23. Topics such as success skills and career options are covered. Students are also able to refresh their computer, math, and English skills with one-on-one assistance. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). For more information on the Quick Start program, or to enroll, contact Beth Boggs, MECC Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.7438 or by email at bboggs@mecc.edu. Visit the program website at www.mecc.edu/quickstart.

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MECC Offers Music, Old Time Dance Classes This Spring

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is offering a host of music and instrument instruction courses this spring.

The MECC campus offers day classes in beginning lead guitar. Night class offerings at the Big Stone Gap campus include: Recording Systems Services, Internship in Recording, Beginning Fiddle, Beginning Clawhammer Banjo, Beginning Mandolin, Beginning Rhythm Guitar, Intermediate Lead Guitar, Blues Guitar, 3-Finger Picking Banjo, Old Time String Band, Gospel Jam, Percussion Ensemble, Intermediate Percussion Ensemble, Advanced Percussion Ensemble, Introduction to Lyric Writing and Music & Musicians of Central Appalachia.    

Several evening courses in old-time music will be offered exclusively at Gate City High School including Old Time String Band and Beginning Upright Bass on Monday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m.

Online classes in Music Appreciation and the Music and Musician of Central Appalachia are also available.

For more information or to register, contact the MECC Workforce Development Center at 276.523.2400 ext. 372 or visit www.mecc.edu/music.

MECC Offers Old Time Dance Class

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer PED 195 Old Time Dance on Monday’s from 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. This course will cover basic styles of traditional dance from the central and southern Appalachian region. Classes will provide an overview of solo and group dancing history, accompanied by instruction and performance of each dance. The instructor is Tyler Hughes. To enroll, call 276.523.2400 ext. 372 or register online at www.mecc.edu.

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MECC to Offer Coursework in Cyber Security

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will introduce new courses this spring in cyber security. Individuals interested in obtaining a credential in cyber security are encouraged to enroll in up to five courses to be offered during day and evening hours. ITN 101-H1 Introduction to Network Concepts provides instruction in networking media, physical and logical topologies, common networking standards and popular networking protocols. The class will be offered in 8 weeks on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning January 17. ITN 260-H1 Network Security Basics will provide instruction in the backs of network security. The 8 week class will be offered on Tuesdays from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. beginning March 14. ITE 105-H1 Careers and Cyber Ethics will begin March 14 and will be held on Tuesdays from 3 p.m. to 3:50 p.m. ITN 171-01 Unix 1, which instructs students on the installation, configuration and administration of the Linux operating system, will be offered as a 16-week course beginning January 16 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 9:40 a.m. to 10:50 a.m. ITN 111-01, covering the installation, configuration, administration and maintenance of a server in a networked environment, will be offered as a 16-week course beginning January 16 on Mondays and Wednesdays from 8:15 a.m. to 9:30 a.m. For more information, or to enroll, visit www.mecc.edu/cyber-security or call 276.523.2400 ext. 313.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

UVa-Wise, Mountain Empire Community College Reverse Transfer Agreement Will Help Students Earn Degrees

 

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Left to right: Dr. Scott Hamilton, MECC President and Dr. Donna Henry, Chancellor UVa-Wise

Big Stone Gap, VA – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during a meeting held Friday, Dec. 16.

The reverse transfer program will be available to MECC students who have transferred to UVa-Wise from MECC prior to the completion of their associate degree program. Students who have completed a minimum of 15 semester hours toward their associate degree at Mountain Empire Community College and a set number of semester hours at UVa-Wise may be eligible for the reverse transfer program. Once a student has completed the remaining coursework toward their associate degree program at UVa-Wise, they will now be able to earn their Associate’s degree at MECC.

“Most understand the process in which students take classes at community colleges and then transfer those credits toward a bachelor’s degree,” said UVa-Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry. “The agreement signed today will allow students to transfer credits toward an associates degree at MECC, which would give those students an educational boost as they work toward a four-year degree at UVa-Wise.”

The reverse transfer agreement between UVa-Wise and Mountain Empire Community College will present great opportunities for our students and represents a new partnership between the two institutions,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton, president at Mountain Empire Community College. We have a great working relationship with UVa-Wise, and this new partnership further enhances that working relationship to benefit all students.”

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Mountain Empire Community College have a longstanding partnership in helping students attain their baccalaureate degree through the AIMS Higher Scholarship program. The existing articulation agreement between the two schools is designed to ensure a seamless transition for students transferring from community college to a bachelor’s-level institution.

Mountain Empire Community College has existing reverse transfer agreements with King University and Lincoln Memorial University.  UVa-Wise has a reverse transfer agreement with Virginia Highlands Community College.

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Public Invited to Provide Input in MECC Presidential Search

Big Stone Gap, Virginia – MECC invites the community to provide input in the selection of the college’s next president as the search to replace current President Scott Hamilton begins.

Hamilton announced this fall that he will retire July 1, 2017, following almost seven years of service at MECC. Initial stages of the search process for MECC’s new president have begun, including the launch of a survey to assist the MECC Advisory Board in the selection process.

The brief survey is located at www.mecc.edu/president-search. A link to the survey is also featured below. College staff, students, and alumni are also invited to complete the survey. The goal is to collect ideas regarding the challenges and opportunities facing the college and the attributes that a new president should possess to meet future needs. The survey will be available now through January 6, 2017.

Mountain Empire Community College is a two-year, public institution of higher education with approximately 1,600 full-time and 2,000 part-time students enrolled in the Wise, Lee, Scott, and Dickenson Counties and city of Norton service region and beyond. The college’s mission is to provide quality higher education and workforce training programs and services that are financially and geographically accessible and meet individual, business, and community needs.

For more information on the search process or survey, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

MECC Recognizes Summer 2016 Phlebotomy Students

fall-2016-phlebotomy-cohortBig Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2017 Phlebotomy cohort. Students interested in completing this two-semester, 25 credit program are encouraged to apply online at www.mecc.edu/forms.  The deadline for applications is April 15, 2017. Students will begin class in June.

MECC is pleased to announce the following students are completing the requirements for a Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy. The Fall 2016 Phlebotomy cohort graduates are: Front row (L-R) Savannah Lambert, Brittany Wilder, Tiffany Farmer, Chasity McKinney; Back Row (L-R) Hannah Maness, Jennifer Graham, Ashlyn Mitchell, Kasey Dalton, Lisa Briggs, Jasmine Calhoun, Rachel Reece, Lila Gilliam, and Melissa McGahy. Not pictured: Kandace Sturgill, Jordan Kelley

For more information on MECC’s Phlebotomy program or other health science programs, contact Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator, at 276.523.7456 or by email at kdorton@mecc.edu.

MECC Foundation Hosts Fundraiser for Dickenson County Endowed Scholarship

 

dale-jett-and-hello-stranger2-275x300The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will present a special evening of music with Dale Jett and “Hello Stranger” as part of its fundraising event for the Dickenson County Endowed Scholarship.

This special fundraising event will be held Tuesday, November 29 at 6 p.m. at Ridgeview High School in Clintwood. Patrons will enjoy a reception with heavy hors d’oeuvres at 6:00 p.m., followed by the concert.

Singer and musician, Dale Jett, is a native of Southwest Virginia, and is a third generation member of the legendary Carter Family. The son of Janette Carter, the grandson of A.P. and Sara Carter, Dale’s roots have been heavily steeped within the heart of his family’s musical heritage.

“Hello Stranger” provides the closest link to the music of the original Carter Family. The group includes Dale, his wife Teresa, and longtime friend Oscar Harris.

Dale and Oscar have been musical partners and friends for over twenty years. Teresa joined them a few years back and the three have been playing and recording together since.

The Carter Family influence is evident as they continue the unbroken circle of music that Dale grew up in, and that their fans demand. The group also adds an electric mixture from songwriters they admire and original tunes, resulting in a true Appalachian Americana experience.

Growing up within the Carter Family, Dale has been influenced by many musicians and styles of music. He began playing guitar in his late teens when Elizabeth Cotten taught him his first chords – left handed, upside down. Later, he added his own style of Autoharp playing to his repertoire. But, it is ultimately his voice that captures you. It is powerful and compelling, yet at the same time, delicate and haunting.

Like his grandfather, Dale is a “collector” of songs. His dedication to the preservation of traditional music, his love of Carter Family songs, and his admiration of other songwriters are evident in his performances. His performances and recordings encompass a unique combination of traditional songs blended with a mix of others that extend the boundaries of conventional country. Whether playing an original tune, or that of others, “Hello Stranger’s” music will ring true to the soul.

Their performances have included the Carter Family Fold, Barter Theater, Mountain Stage, the California Autoharp Gathering, the Smithsonian, the Marty Stuart Show, the Grand Ole Opry, Irish Arts Council of New York City, and many other venues and events across the nation and in Canada. They have also performed at festivals, concerts, colleges, workshops, private gatherings, etc. around the country and in Canada.

 

Tickets for the event are $30 and will cover the reception and the concert. Tickets may be purchased by contacting Doris Rife, Chair of the Event Committee, at 276.926.8745, by e-mailing Jeri Bledsoe at jbledsoe@mecc.edu, or by calling Jeri at 276.523. 2400, ext. 287.

Anyone wishing to contribute to the Dickenson County Endowed Scholarship Fund may donate online at meccfoundation.org, or by mailing a check made payable to MECC Foundation to MECC Foundation, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219. Please note in the memo section of the check that it is for the Dickenson County Endowed Scholarship.

For more information about the event, contact Jeri Bledsoe, MECC Foundation Annual Fund Coordinator, 276-523-2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

 

MECC to Offer CNA Certification Course in Lee County

Pennington Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Spring 2017 course to become a Certified Nurse Assistant at MECC’s Pennington Gap satellite campus located in the Pennington Gap Mini-Mall. An informational meeting will be held at the Lee Nursing & Rehab Center on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in enrolling in the summer course, or future CNA classes, are invited to attend. For more information, or to register for the course, contact Kim Dorton, MECC’s Assistant Dean of Health Science, at 276.523.7456.

MECC Foundation Raises $9.5M in Major Gifts Campaign

2016oct12_2519-sim-labBig 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 goal by $500,000. College faculty and staff, along with MECC Foundation Board members, celebrated the close of the campaign during an event at the college on Wednesday, November 16.

“The college thanks our generous donors, the campaign’s leaders, and all of the members of the MECC Foundation Board of Directors for making this campaign a success,” stated Dr. Scott Hamilton, President of MECC. “The new opportunities resulting from this campaign are already enhancing our student’s success and their preparation for employment.”

In January 2013, the MECC Foundation Board of Directors launched a $9 million major gifts campaign to secure current and planned gifts for MECC’S strategic priorities, including scholarships, expanded support for student success and outreach programs, and new investment in academic programs that had the potential for diversifying and strengthening the local economy.  

Bob Isaac served as Campaign Chair, and Leton H. Harding, Jr. as Vice-Chair.  Nancey Smith, one of the trustees of the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation, was named the campaign’s Honorary Chair. 

In 2014, a bequest of $4 million was received from the estate of the late Carol Buchanan that created a new unrestricted endowment. In addition, the C. Bascom Slemp Foundation provided a lead gift of $2 million to create a new unrestricted endowment, leverage other gifts, and help launch the campaign. Almost $6.7M in the gifts or pledges were made for unrestricted purposes.  An additional $2M was given or pledged for scholarships.  Over $50,000 was contributed for student success endowments. 

Campaign investments have already enabled:

  • two new full-time Career Coaches and one continuing part-time coach to serve high school students with career and post-secondary education planning;
  • the Great Expectations Program to continue supporting the success of MECC students who were formerly in foster care;
  • $1,000 incentives to be offered to adults who have completed a GED, but have not previously pursued post-secondary education;
  • a new state-of-the art health care simulation laboratory has been created, equipped, and is being used for instruction;
  • investment in the college’s manufacturing and cybersecurity training programs have increased and other funding has been leveraged;
  • the college is increasing funding for scholarships and emergency assistance now and into the future.

To achieve the goal of increasing investment in academic programs to diversify and strengthen the local economy, the MECC Foundation secured grants from the Appalachian Regional Commission ($100,000) and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission ($442,309) to enable the college to create a health care simulation laboratory.

Wednesday’s celebration included the dedication for the health care simulation lab located in Robb Hall.  The lab will enable health care students in practical and registered nursing, respiratory therapy, physical therapy and other related programs to receive state-of-the art, real-world training in a variety of medical situations. Prior to the simulation lab addition, MECC students were required to travel to more than an hour to Virginia Highlands Community College to complete the same type of training.

For more information on the MECC Foundation visit www.meccfoundation.org or call 276.523.2400 ext. 466.

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MECC Enrollment Goes Off-Campus with Mobile Enroll

mobile-enroll-december-2016Big 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 Mobile Enroll van. On Thursday, December 8, Mobile Enroll will be located at the Clintwood Sleep Inn parking lot from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the Wise Food City parking lot from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, December 14, Mobile Enroll will be at the Duffield Food Country parking lot from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at the Pennington Gap Food City parking lot from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, December 15, Mobile Enroll will be at the Weber City Food City parking lot from 9 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at the Big Stone Gap Food City parking lot from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on MECC’s Mobile Enroll, contact MECC Recruiter Todd Clendenon at 276.523.7434 or email tclendenon@mecc.edu.

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MECC Offering Non-Credit Fall Courses in Crafting, First Aid/CPR This Fall

MECC To Hold Corn Shuck Doll Workshop

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a corn shuck doll workshop on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wampler Library in Robb Hall. 

Corn shuck dolls are hundreds of years old, adopted by early European settlers from Native Americans.  These dolls were made from the moistened husks or shucks of corn.  Master artisan and workshop instructor Ganell Marshall (http://www.ganellscornshuckery.com/) has had her corn shuck dolls on display in Williamsburg, the Smithsonian, and on the White House Christmas tree.  The workshop is limited to 15 participants.  The non-credit workshop fee of $25.00 includes the costs of materials.  Participants are encouraged to bring a bag lunch.  Wampler Library will furnish coffee, tea, and water.  Registration is required by noon on Friday, November 11. To register, visit https://mecc.augusoft.net/ or call Lori Dingus at276.523.2400, ext. 372.  

 

MECC To Hold Advanced First Aid Class

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will hold three upcoming Advanced First Aid classes in November. This American Heart Association certification course for Heart Saver AED will include child and adult CPR and use of AED plus required first aid recertification topics to recertify first aid training. The course will be offered Friday, November 11 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; Saturday, November 12, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m.; and Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The cost of the course is $35. To register, visit https://mecc.augusoft.net/ or call Lori Dingus at 276.523.2400 ext. 372.

 

MECC To Hold CPR Recertification Class For Health Care Providers

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will hold two upcoming CPR-BLS courses for Health Care Providers in November. The courses will be offered Saturday, November 12 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. and on Friday, November 18 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Robb Hall Room 117. This American Heart Association certification course in BLS for health care providers includes modules of AED, BVM, one-person and two-person adult CPR, child and infant care CPR, and obstructed airway. The cost of the class is $35. To register, visit https://mecc.augusoft.net/ or call Lori Dingus at 276.523.2400 ext. 372.

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