MECC Partners with Frontier Secure to Offer QuickBooks Training

Big Stone Gap – Months prior to Frontier Secure’s announcement of locating a customer care center in Wise County, Mountain Empire Community College was working behind the scene to make sure the company would have a skilled workforce in place by their August opening.

Based on conversations during Frontier’s initial visits to the area, MECC has developed a training program focusing on the skills Frontier needs as they look to hire at least 500 employees in the next year.

Sixty students enrolled in the two training sessions offered at MECC this summer, with a number of those students already hired by Frontier.

MECC will hold a third Information/Orientation session for the training program on Monday, August 8 at 6 p.m. in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 218. Classes will begin the week of August 22. The orientation session will provide information on the coursework and career opportunities associated with completion of the classes.

“We are excited about our partnership with Frontier,” said MECC Assistant Dean of Business and Technology Fran Doyle. “Students who participate in the training are guaranteed an interview with Frontier. As the company continues to hire, MECC will be there to prepare students for these skilled, good-paying jobs in our region.”

Students who participate in the QuickBooks training will complete four, three-credit classes at MECC. The training includes Accounting 115, a basic accounting class that covers accounting terminology allowing students to gain a basic understanding of financial statements.  In Accounting 215, students will engage in hands-on learning opportunities with Quick Books, creating their own company and entering various transactions. Students will then complete Accounting 124, providing experience performing payroll in QuickBooks.

Finally, students will complete Marketing 260 — Customer Service Management. Doyle said MECC worked directly with Frontier to develop the course content which focuses on providing quality customer service with every interaction.

 “We certainly hope to continue the partnership beyond job recruitment,” added Doyle. “Frontier encourages their employees to complete at least a two-year degree. We hope to provide on-site training to assist their employees with obtaining an associate degree.”

Scholarships and financial aid may be available to students interested in enrolling in the QuickBooks Training Session. For more information or to register, contact Fran Doyle at 276.523.2400 ext. 313 or by email at