Mountain Empire Community College Partners with Global Cybersecurity Training Company

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College has announced its partnership with EC-Council, a globally recognized cybersecurity training company, to deliver the company’s official courseware to students in subjects like network defense, penetration testing, and computer forensics.

MECC will incorporate EC-Council courseware into the college’s Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program, which began in October 2016. The college has been designated by EC-Council as an Accredited Training Center, or ATC.  Benefits of the partnership include access to industry-leading certifications at no cost to students and discounted trainings for faculty. MECC cybersecurity faculty already hold some of EC-Council’s more competitive distinctions including the Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator certifications.

“This is a big step for our program,” said Nasser Maskoud, Associate Professor in MECC’s Business and Information Technology division and one of the cybersecurity program’s lead faculty. “EC-Council’s certifications are very helpful in making sure students are prepared for today’s competitive IT-based job market, but these trainings can also be quite costly. With this partnership, we can offer these trainings to students at little or even no cost to them.”  

MECC is currently accepting Fall 2018 semester applications for its Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program. For more information, visit or call Ashvin Raj at 276.523.2400, ext. 261.