The Office of Student Services exists to help students adjust to college life, to assist in co-curricular concerns, and to aid in the selection of careers and lifetime goals.

Among the functions of this office are academic counseling, testing, new student orientation, student activities and wellness events, student conduct, college success skills courses, disability services, career services, student support services, and service learning.

Testing Services

The Testing Center supports the college goal of providing quality student services that are responsive to the needs of current and prospective students. The Testing Center coordinates testing services for new and continuing students, which include placement, video, web, make-up tests, and other course and program assessments.

Career Services

Career Services offers computerized career assessments and career planning to help students determine career goals and thus a college major. Students can receive assistance with employment preparation including workshops and seminars on resume development, resume critiques, interview and business etiquette, mock interviews, tips on job search strategies, job market projections, and labor market trends. Career Services offers job fairs and communicates local job announcements on student email. For more information, contact Beth Boggs at (276) 523-2400 x. 324, bboggs@mecc.edu or visit H132 in the Student Services Suite of Holton Hall.

Transfer Services

MECC’s Transfer Services assists students who wish to pursue their education beyond the Associates degree. Services include one on one advising sessions, transfer fairs, course equivalency planning, campus visits, as well as assistance with college applications.

Disability Services

Disability Services provides services to students with documented disabilities. For more information, contact the Disability Services Counselor, Dale Lee, dlee@mecc.edu, 276.523.2400 x. 343.

Great Expectations

Mission Statement for Great Expectations:

          To help Virginia’s foster youth to complete high school, gain access to a community college education, earn a postsecondary educational credential, and transition successfully to independence which includes a career with a family sustaining wage.

Great Expectations offers educational and supportive services to youth ages 13-24 who are or were in foster /kinship/special needs adoptive relationships to help them achieve academic, independent and personal success. Youth in the Great Expectations program develop career and personal goals. Career goals include the opportunity to earn a National Career Readiness Certificate. The Great Expectations Career Coach offers support and guidance to youth, helping them succeed, not only with college plans and independent living skills, but with their futures.

For more information, contact Kari Paschetto, Great Expectations Coach, kpaschetto@mecc.edu or (276) 523-2400 x. 422. Her office is located in Room G235.

Dreamkeepers

Dreamkeepers is designed to help students stay in college when faced with an unforeseen financial emergency. Through Dreamkeepers, students may receive financial assistance to get them through their emergency.  Eligible students must have a cumulative GPA of 2.0, not be a first semester student, and be enrolled in at least 6 credit hours.  In order to determine eligibility and if need meets approved criteria, students seeking Dreamkeepers assistance should contact Student Services at 276-523-2400 x. 278 or visit H134 in the Student Services Suite of Holton Hall.

Student Conduct

The general philosophy of Mountain Empire Community College in the area of student conduct is based upon the concept that students are adults and should enjoy the rights and responsibilities of adult citizenship. Accordingly, the State Board for Community Colleges and Mountain Empire Community College have established regulations that are essential to the protection of freedom, life, and property of all members of the campus community.

For more information, contact the Office of Student Services.

Who We Are

  • Samantha Counts- Administrative Office Specialist III, 276/523-7472, scounts@mecc.edu
  • Susan Kennedy- Academic Testing Coordinator, 276/523-7488, skennedy@mecc.edu
  • Beth Boggs- Career & Transfer Counselor, 276/523-2400 x. 324, bboggs@mecc.edu
  • Dale Lee- Disability Services & Student Leadership, 276/523-2400 x. 343, dlee@mecc.edu
  • Kari Paschetto — Student Activities and Great Expectations Coordinator, 276/523-2400 x. 422, kpaschetto@mecc.edu

Location

The Office of Student Services is located in Holton Hall (H128).