MECC Earns 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School Designation

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is honored to receive the 2021-2022 Military Friendly® School designation. 

 Institutions earning the Military Friendly® School designation were evaluated using both public data sources and responses from a proprietary survey. Over 1,200 schools participated in the 2021-2022 survey with 747 earning the designation. 

MECC provides veterans with specialized support services including academic advising, counseling, and support. Lena Grace, a 30-year MECC staff member, serves as the college’s Veteran’s Coordinator. The college hosts a Student Veterans of America Club, which is engaged in several community and campus activities throughout the year. 

 Final ratings for the 2021 Military Friendly® School designation were determined by combining the institution’s survey response set and government/agency public data sources, within a logic based scoring assessment. MECC met key thresholds for Student Retention, Graduation, Job Placement, Loan Repayment, Persistence (Degree Advancement or Transfer) and Loan Default rates for all students and, specifically, for student veterans. 

 “MECC is fortunate to serve our nation’s best and brightest, veterans that bring diverse experiences and skills to the college campus,” said Lena Grace, MECC’s Veterans Affairs Officer. “The college not only supports veterans with personalized advising and financial aid assistance, but also creates a community where veterans can encourage one another in reaching their educational and career goals.” 

For more information about MECC’s student veteran programs, visit 

The 2021-2022 Military Friendly® Schools list will be published in the May issue of G.I. Jobs magazine and can be found at