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MECC Instructors Earn Certified Online Instructor Designation

  BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Business Technology Instructors Elizabeth Snodgrass and Jane Jones have been awarded the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation by the Learning Resources Network (LERN). “We are pleased to recognize Elizabeth Snodgrass’ and Jane Jones’ expertise and experience in this growing area of… Continue Reading MECC Instructors Earn Certified Online Instructor Designation

MECC Joins Pledge to Assist Entrepreneurs

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College has pledged to join the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in promoting and assisting entrepreneurial opportunities in Southwest Virginia.  The college joined Big Sandy Community College in Pikeville, Kentucky, in signing the NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP). MECC President Kristen Westover along with Sherry… Continue Reading MECC Joins Pledge to Assist Entrepreneurs

MECC Launches New Online Class Search Tool

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is excited to announce a new online search tool that assists students and community members in viewing available classes. Those interested in enrolling in for the summer and fall 2016 semester can now visit www.mecc.edu/class to view the list of classes available by subject, location, semester,… Continue Reading MECC Launches New Online Class Search Tool

MECC Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Celebrates 10th Year

Big Stone Gap — Police officers are trained to serve in multiple roles – as law enforcement personnel, counselors, and supervisors. However, most law enforcement training programs do not devote the time to train officers on how to serve as effective leaders within their organization and community. A decade ago, Mountain Empire Community College Professor… Continue Reading MECC Law Enforcement Leadership Academy Celebrates 10th Year

MECC Named Aspen Institute Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges, Eligible for 2019 Aspen Prize

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the college has been selected by The Aspen Institute College Excellence Program as one of the nation’s top 150 community colleges eligible to compete for the $1 million Aspen Prize for Community College Excellence. The Aspen Prize is the nation’s signature recognition… Continue Reading MECC Named Aspen Institute Top 150 U.S. Community Colleges, Eligible for 2019 Aspen Prize

MECC Named One of Top 20 Career & Technical Colleges Nationwide in Military Times

BIG STONE GAP, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that the Military Times has named MECC one of the top 20 colleges nationwide in the Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings. The organization made up of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times focused… Continue Reading MECC Named One of Top 20 Career & Technical Colleges Nationwide in Military Times

MECC Now Accepting Applications to 2018 Governor’s School

Big Stone Gap – Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the 2018 Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School to be held June 11 through June 22 on the college campus. MECC Governor’s School is open to public and home school students in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and… Continue Reading MECC Now Accepting Applications to 2018 Governor’s School

MECC Offering Non-Credit Fall Courses in Crafting, First Aid/CPR This Fall

MECC To Hold Corn Shuck Doll Workshop Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a corn shuck doll workshop on Saturday, Nov. 19 from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Wampler Library in Robb Hall.  Corn shuck dolls are hundreds of years old, adopted by early European settlers from Native Americans.  These dolls were… Continue Reading MECC Offering Non-Credit Fall Courses in Crafting, First Aid/CPR This Fall

MECC Offering Online Real Estate Certification Class

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer an online Principles of Real Estate course beginning in January. Persons interested in obtaining a certification to practice real estate in the State of Virginia should complete the class and take the state licensing exam. The course will run through May. For more information or… Continue Reading MECC Offering Online Real Estate Certification Class

MECC Offering Two Upcoming Training Courses

MECC Offers Concealed Weapons Class Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Concealed Weapons Permit course Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the course is $100. Pre-registration is required.  This class satisfies the requirements for a concealed weapons permit, and will cover legal guidelines, safety… Continue Reading MECC Offering Two Upcoming Training Courses

MECC Offers 8-Week Accelerated Courses 

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer a variety of accelerated 8-week course offerings this spring. Classes begin March 12 and include online and on-campus offerings. Topics in accounting, small business taxes, art, business, management, economics, medical terminology, computers & computer programming, cybersecurity, fitness, customer service, CPR, and psychology will be offered.… Continue Reading MECC Offers 8-Week Accelerated Courses 

MECC Offers Fall Late Start Classes

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a variety of late starting classes for students this fall. Late starting classes begin October 5 through October 22. Classes include topics in Math, Healthcare, Basic Pharmacy, History, Business Management, Office Administration, & Legal Assisting and more. To view the full list of October late… Continue Reading MECC Offers Fall Late Start Classes

MECC Offers First-Ever Literacy Institute for Teachers

Big Stone Gap — Wise County K-8 teachers recently participated in Mountain Empire Community College’s first-ever Literacy Institute for Teachers (LIFT). LIFT, or EDU 295: Literacy Institute for Teachers, is designed to allow teachers to earn recertification points for professional license renewal. The course focused on effective teaching strategies using literacy skills and storytelling, utilizing… Continue Reading MECC Offers First-Ever Literacy Institute for Teachers

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.… Continue Reading MECC Offers Free Quick Start to College Course

MECC Offers Health & Fitness Course

Big Stone Gap — Are you interested in improving your eating habits and personal wellness? Mountain Empire Community College will offer HLT 138 – Principles of Nutrition as a one-credit online course beginning October 18. Students will study the nutrient components of food, including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. The course will provide a… Continue Reading MECC Offers Health & Fitness Course

MECC Offers Music, Old Time Dance Classes This Spring

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is offering a host of music and instrument instruction courses this spring. The MECC campus offers day classes in beginning lead guitar. Night class offerings at the Big Stone Gap campus include: Recording Systems Services, Internship in Recording, Beginning Fiddle, Beginning Clawhammer Banjo, Beginning Mandolin, Beginning Rhythm Guitar,… Continue Reading MECC Offers Music, Old Time Dance Classes This Spring

MECC Offers Old Time Music and Dance Classes for Fall Semester 2019

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College will offer several music classes for credit and non-credit courses for the Fall 2019 semester. For students who do not want college credit for the course, but want to learn string instruments, non-credit classes are available for a fee of $150.00 for a three-hour weekly class… Continue Reading MECC Offers Old Time Music and Dance Classes for Fall Semester 2019

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… Continue Reading MECC Partners with Frontier Secure to Offer QuickBooks Training

MECC President Scott Hamilton Announces Retirement

Big Stone Gap, VA – Dr. Scott Hamilton, president of Mountain Empire Community College, has announced his retirement effective July 1, 2017. Dr. Hamilton joined MECC as president in 2010. He had previously served as the Dean of Instruction at Eastern Idaho Technical College in Idaho Falls, ID. A native of Illinois, Dr. Hamilton’s experience… Continue Reading MECC President Scott Hamilton Announces Retirement

MECC Receives $15,000 from Dominion Energy for Veterans Programs

Big Stone Gap, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) was awarded $15,000 today to help provide educational opportunities for military veterans in the region. The gifts are being made through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Energy. MECC President Dr. Kristen Westover and MECC Foundation Interim Director Bonnie Elosser received… Continue Reading MECC Receives $15,000 from Dominion Energy for Veterans Programs

MECC Receives Go Virginia Grant Recommendation to Support Smart Farming Training

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the GO Virginia Region One Council’s recent approval of a $310,371.84 grant to establish Smart Farming at the Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia (CWIA). Located in the Town of Appalachia in the former Appalachia Elementary School, the CWIA will be a… Continue Reading MECC Receives Go Virginia Grant Recommendation to Support Smart Farming Training

MECC Receives Grant to Launch Power Lineman Program

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College has been awarded a $950,000 grant from the Appalachian Regional Commissions’ POWER Initiative to establish the region’s only power lineman training program. The non-credit lineman training will enable students to earn a number of credentials to prepare them for entry into an apprenticeship program with the… Continue Reading MECC Receives Grant to Launch Power Lineman Program

MECC Receives Technology Award for Development of UAS Coursework

Abingdon, VA – Mountain Empire Community College has been named the recipient of the 2016 Southwest Virginia Technology Council President’s Award for the development of coursework in unmanned aerial systems. The award honors an educational institution in the region that has demonstrated outstanding technology advancements toward the enrichment of students and the community at large.… Continue Reading MECC Receives Technology Award for Development of UAS Coursework

MECC Receives VCCS Excellence in Education Award for Development of Mobile Solar Energy Unit

  Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the college has received the Virginia Community College System 2016 Excellence in Education Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom for the development of Southwest Virginia’s first mobile solar-powered energy system. MECC’s SPARC-E (Solar-Powered Alternative Renewable Clean… Continue Reading MECC Receives VCCS Excellence in Education Award for Development of Mobile Solar Energy Unit

MECC Recognizes Fall 2016 Practical Nursing Program Cohort

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the fall 2016 Practical Nursing program cohort. Each year, more than 40 students apply to join the Practical Nursing cohort. Only 25 students are selected based on their academic performance, non-nursing courses completed, and admission testing scores. The Practical Nursing program is… Continue Reading MECC Recognizes Fall 2016 Practical Nursing Program Cohort

MECC Recognizes Spring 2016 Phlebotomy Program Participants

MECC Recognizes Spring 2016 Phlebotomy Students Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Phlebotomy cohort. Students interested in completing this two-semester, 25 credit program are encouraged to apply online at www.mecc.edu/forms.  The deadline for applications is July 15, 2016. Students will begin class in August.… Continue Reading MECC Recognizes Spring 2016 Phlebotomy Program Participants

MECC Recognizes Spring 2017 Phlebotomy Students, Accepting Applications For Fall

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2017 Phlebotomy cohort. Students interested in completing this two-semester, 25 credit program are encouraged to apply online at www.mecc.edu/forms. The deadline to apply for the next phlebotomy cohort at MECC is July 15. Students who need to complete pre-requisite… Continue Reading MECC Recognizes Spring 2017 Phlebotomy Students, Accepting Applications For Fall

MECC Recognizes Summer 2016 Phlebotomy Students

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Summer 2017 Phlebotomy cohort. Students interested in completing this two-semester, 25 credit program are encouraged to apply online at www.mecc.edu/forms.  The deadline for applications is April 15, 2017. Students will begin class in June. MECC is pleased to announce the… Continue Reading MECC Recognizes Summer 2016 Phlebotomy Students

MECC Recruiting Employers to Participate in 2016 Job Expo

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is currently recruiting employers to participate in the 2016 Job Expo on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Phillips-Taylor Hall Goodloe Center. This free event allows employers to meet one-on-one with prospective job applicants, including current students, graduates, and community members. MECC’s… Continue Reading MECC Recruiting Employers to Participate in 2016 Job Expo

MECC Student Reaches for the Stars in NASA Scholars Program

  Big Stone Gap — 20-year old Mountain Empire Community College student Emily Hjulstrom smiles widely as she recites one of her favorite inspirational quotes: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.” The quote is entirely appropriate for Hjulstrom, as her hard work and persistence has earned her a… Continue Reading MECC Student Reaches for the Stars in NASA Scholars Program

MECC Student Titus Houston Places Eighth in National Competition

 MECC Student Titus Houston Places Eighth in National Competition Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Paralegal Studies student Titus Houston placed eighth in the nation at the 2015 Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competition. More than 1,600 of America’s best and brightest college students traveled to… Continue Reading MECC Student Titus Houston Places Eighth in National Competition

MECC Student Veterans Association to Hold Basketball Tournament

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College’s Student Veterans Association is seeking teams to participate in a 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament. The tournament will be held Saturday, November 5 at 10 a.m. in the Appalachia High School Gymnasium. There is a $15 charge per team with all proceeds benefitting outreach and scholarship funds for… Continue Reading MECC Student Veterans Association to Hold Basketball Tournament

MECC Students Develop Southwest Virginia’s First Mobile Solar-Powered Energy System

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College has announced the creation of the first mobile solar-powered energy system in Southwest Virginia, developed by students to showcase solar-powered energy systems and related industrial technology degree programs offered at MECC. The SPARC-E (Solar-Powered Alternative Renewable Clean Energy) unit utilizes an off-the-grid solar power system, similar to… Continue Reading MECC Students Develop Southwest Virginia’s First Mobile Solar-Powered Energy System

MECC Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break

Big Stone Gap, VA – Five Mountain Empire Community College students went from hitting the books to hitting nails on MECC’s first annual Alternative Spring Break service trip sponsored by MECC Student Activities. The team traveled to Greensboro, NC and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to rehab an existing Habitat house. Over the course of… Continue Reading MECC Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break

MECC Students Place in State Competition

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that several students enrolled in Business and Information Technology classes recently placed in the statewide Future Business Leaders of America-Phi Beta Lambda (FBLA-PBL) competition. Six members of MECC’s Phi Beta Lambda chapter traveled to Richmond to complete in 11 different business categories. Five… Continue Reading MECC Students Place in State Competition

MECC to Hold Annual MECC PROUD Week

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will host the fourth annual MECC PROUD week, recognizing the college’s important contributions to higher education and regional economic development October 16-22.  MECC alumni, local businesses, MECC staff members, MECC students and community members are encouraged to display “MECC PROUD” signs in their yard, window displays,… Continue Reading MECC to Hold Annual MECC PROUD Week

MECC to Hold Health Information Management Information Session

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will host an information session for the Health Information Management degree program on Tuesday, August 18 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Phillips-Taylor Hall, Room 130.  The Health Information Management program is a 24-month degree designed for persons who seek employment in the health information management… Continue Reading MECC to Hold Health Information Management Information Session

MECC to Hold Information Session for Health Records Coding and Clinical Documentation for Health Professionals

Big Stone Gap – Interested in furthering your skill set in medical coding and health information management? MECC will hold a Health Records Coding and Clinical Documentation for Health Professionals Information Session on Tuesday, September 13 at 6 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips Taylor Hall. The eight-week, evening class will cover the following topics: … Continue Reading MECC to Hold Information Session for Health Records Coding and Clinical Documentation for Health Professionals

MECC to Hold Information Session for Lee County Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold an upcoming information session to assist those interested in enrolling in the college’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Lee County. The cohort will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 18 through… Continue Reading MECC to Hold Information Session for Lee County Certified Nursing Assistant Program