MECC, UVA-Wise Sign Transfer Agreement for Software Engineering Courses

WISE, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College and The University of Virginia’s College at Wise have signed a transfer agreement between the two colleges for software engineering.

The agreement, effective Aug. 5, 2020, renews and updates an existing commitment between the two institutions to ensure that multiple software engineering-related courses at MECC transfer seamlessly to UVA Wise’ Software Engineering degree program.

MECC students who complete an Associate of Arts and Sciences degree in General Studies with a specialization in Software Engineering have a pathway for those students to transfer to UVA Wise and earn a Bachelor of Science degree in Software Engineering. Terms agreed to by the two colleges include UVA Wise accepting qualifying MECC students, granting students junior status with regards to academic and financial aid consideration, and considering all general education requirements as being met with exception of foreign language requirements.

In addition to accommodating MECC students who complete the General Studies associate degree, UVA Wise will also allow certain MECC software-related courses that exist independently of the community college’s General Studies program to transfer towards UVA Wise credit hours.

“UVA Wise and MECC have always had a strong relationship, especially when it comes to helping our students succeed,” said UVA Wise Chancellor Donna P. Henry. “The articulation agreement is yet another example of a vibrant partnership that has grown over the years between our institutions. Working together on the software engineering agreement will not only steer our students in the right direction but will also allow a smooth transfer of courses from our institutions.”

“MECC is excited to again partner with UVA-Wise in order to create more seamless educational pathways,” said MECC President Dr. Kristen Westover. “This articulation agreement is a wonderful assurance to students that when they complete the appropriate associate of arts and sciences degree at MECC, they can begin as juniors at UVA Wise on their way to a bachelor’s degree in software engineering.

Mountain Empire Community College is a public, two-year college serving residents of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson counties, as well as the City of Norton. The College is one of twenty-three in the Virginia Community College System. Mountain Empire Community College’s mission is to provide our region with accessible, quality higher education, workforce training, and community programs to ensure an educated population and globally competitive workforce.

The University of Virginia’s College at Wise is a public, four-year residential liberal arts college located in the mountains of Southwest Virginia. As a COPLAC member institution, UVA Wise is nationally accredited and has been nationally ranked among top public liberal art colleges in the U.S. UVA Wise offers 33 majors, 39 minors, five pre-professional study tracks and 24 teaching licensures.

Along with MECC’s General Studies degree program with its specialization in Software Engineering, the college also offers a variety of software development programs that result in either an Associate of Applied Science degree or a Career Studies certificate. Those interested in learning more about the General Studies degree program can contact Dr. Derek Whisman at Inquiries regarding MECC’s software development programs can be directed to Terri Lane at