MECC Offers Free Quick Start to College Course

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College offers a free Quick Start to College class designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll.

Covering just five weeks, the course allows students the opportunity to obtain three college credits without having to enroll for a full semester at no cost. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).

The first week of the course will include an orientation to the basics of college life. Students will be able to learn how to find offices and classes on campus, use Blackboard, and MECC email. Career counseling sessions will also be included so that students can learn more about MECC program offerings that best fit their interests.

The next two weeks will cover computer basics including using Word and saving documents to flash drives. The final two weeks of the course will focus on math and English. Students will be able to freshen up on important basics that will help them take or retake the Math and English placement tests.

 The Fall 2017 Quick Start program will be offered:

  • Monday & Wednesday afternoons (2:30pm – 4:00 pm) October 9 – November 8
  • October 9 & 11 – Orientation and Career Options
  • October 16 & 18 – Computer Skills
  • October 23 & 25 – Computer Skills
  • October 30 & November 1 – Math Skills
  • November 6 & 8 – English Skills

For more information or to enroll, contact Beth Boggs at 276.523.7438 or visit