MECC’s Ketron Named President-Elect of State Professional Organization


Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Student Support Service Counselor JessicaJessica Ketron Ketron has been named as the President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP).

VAEOPP’s goal is to increase college accessibly for all Virginia residents by supporting higher education institutions providing services such as tutoring, instructional workshops, professional development, scholarships and advocacy. VAEOPP’s member institutions, which includes MECC, provide grant aid and researched based direct services to their respective program participants that encourage low income, first generation, and students with documented physical or learning disabilities to pursue a higher education.

Ketron has served as a Counselor in MECC’s Student Support Services since 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Tennessee State University. She will serve a three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past President of VAEOPP.

For more information regarding MECC’s Student Support Services program, contact Ketron at 276.523.2400 ext. 342. For more information on the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, visit