Entries by Amy Greear

MECC to Hold Meet & Greet Sessions with President Kristen Westover

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold a series of “Meet and Greet” sessions with President Kristen Westover this fall. Dr. Westover will be soliciting feedback on the future vision and mission of the college. Students, staff, alumni, community members, and business leaders are invited to attend. Participants are asked to pre-register […]

MECC to Host 2016 Sweet Folk Instruments Gathering

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the 2016 Gathering of the Sweet Folk Instruments on Saturday, March 19 from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. The fourth annual gathering will introduce and promote the autoharp, lap dulcimers, penny whistle, and bodhran (Irish drum) to beginning musicians and extend the […]

MECC to Host 20th Annual Melungeon Union

  Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will host the 20th Melungeon Union June 23-25, featuring presenters, field trips, and research opportunities for those interested in learning more about the heritage and genealogy of Melungeon people. MECC’s Wampler Library, in coordination with the Melungeon Heritage Association and the Wise County Historical Society, […]

MECC to Host 40th Anniversary Celebration of Registered Nursing Program

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will host the first-ever reunion of registered nursing students and faculty, celebrating the program’s 40th anniversary. The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) at MECC 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held Saturday, August 15 beginning at 4 p.m.  All MECC RN graduates and VATNP faculty […]

MECC to Host Auto World Golf Classic

Big Stone Gap — The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation and Auto World of Big Stone Gap will conduct the Auto World – MECC Golf Classic on Friday, April 28th at Lonesome Pine Country Club to benefit scholarships at MECC.   Registration for the captain’s choice tournament begins at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at […]

MECC To Host Career Symposium

Big Stone Gap — Individuals who are looking for a job or who are interested in improving their resume and interview skills are invited to attend a Career Symposium to be held Wednesday, June 21 from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. at Mountain Empire Community College’s Holton Hall. Employers and career counselors will be on […]

MECC to Host Information Session on Power Lineman Program

Mountain Empire Community College will host an information session on Thursday, October 12 at 1 p.m. in Dalton Cantrell Hall Room 242 for those interested in enrolling in the college’s Power Lineman Program. The Power Line Worker Program is a 15-week course that trains workers for careers in the power/cable industry. Applicants must weigh less […]

MECC To Host Lecture On UAS Use In Coal Mine Reclamation

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will host a lecture by Dr. Robi Stark, CEO of Sensilize, an Israeli-based company using a sensor mounted on an drone. The technology has the potential to revolutionize coal mine reclamation efforts in the Appalachian Mountains. Stark’s lecture is open to the public and will be held […]

MECC To Host 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. The course allows students the opportunity to obtain college credit at no cost without having to enroll for a full semester. To qualify, students must have […]

MECC To Host Surface Mine Retraining Course

Big Stone Gap, Va. — MECC will offer a continuing education class for  Surface Retraining on Saturday, February 17th. The class will be held in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 231 from 7 am to 4 pm. The class will be instructed by Greg Baker. The class registration fee is $50. For more information or to register, […]

MECC To Host Surface, Underground Mine Foreman Training

Big Stone Gap, Va. — MECC is offering continuing education classes for both Surface and Underground Mine Foreman to meet the August 20, 2017 Continuing Education requirement. The Virginia Surface Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will be held Saturday, August 5 in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 231 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Virginia Underground Mine […]

MECC To Host Transfer & Career Fair

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will hold a Career & Transfer Fair on Tuesday, February 5 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall. More than 35 representatives for regional employers and local transfer institutions will be on campus. Attend the fair to ask questions regarding employment […]

MECC to Host Welding Course for Dislocated Employees, Families of Mining and Mining-Related Industries

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board will host a second intensive, 80-hour welding course for individuals who have been laid off due to mining and mining-related industry labor reductions. A recent MECC welding class for dislocated coal industry workers, taught by Ben Kennedy of Dickenson County […]

MECC to Host Wise County Historical Society Meeting

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will host a meeting of the Wise County Historical Society in the Wampler Library at 1 p.m. on Saturday, August 13.  The featured speaker will be acclaimed Civil War Historian and Author Randall Osborne who will speak about the Civil War in Wise County and Southeastern Kentucky. […]

MECC to Offer Accounting Courses

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer several accounting classes this spring designed for students with beginning to intermediate experience in the field. ACC 211 – Principles of Accounting I introduces accounting principles with respect to financial reporting and focuses on the preparation of accounting information and its use in the operation […]

MECC to Offer Advanced First Aid Recertification Course

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer an Advanced First Aid Recertification class on Saturday, December 16 from 7 a.m. to 11 a.m. The class will be led by Instructor Greg Baker. The cost is $40. For more information, contact MECC’s Workforce Development Office at 276.523.2400 ext. 372 or 255.

MECC to Offer Basic Computer Skills for Seniors

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a course this spring designed for senior citizens to upgrade their technology skills. ITE-195 Basic Computer Skills is designed for students who need to learn how to use email, send digital photos or documents, search the web, create documents, and basic file management and organization.  […]

MECC to Offer Basic Network Security Course

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a beginning class in network security this summer. ITN 260 Network Security Basics provides in-depth instruction in the basics of network security, including security objectives, security architecture, security models, and security layers. Topics such as risk management, network security policy, and security training will also […]

MECC to Offer Class in Drone Technology

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer two college credit courses in drone technology this summer. AVI-195 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will cover the principles of building, programming, and flying drones. Students will receive hands-on training in quadcopter design and construction as well as learn to fly both assisted and unassisted […]

MECC to Offer Class in Drone Technology

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is seeking small business owners/operators who are interested in learning more about how Unmanned Aerial Systems (drones) can be used to improve their business operations. UAVs are enabling construction, agriculture, real estate, reclamation, surveying, videography, security, EMS, and many more businesses to carry out operations more efficiently. […]

MECC to Offer CNA Certification Course

Gate City – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a 10-week evening and weekend course in Scott County this spring to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. Students will have two options for class scheduling – Tuesday and Thursday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m., or Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. An informational […]

MECC to Offer CNA Certification Course in Lee County

Pennington Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Spring 2017 course to become a Certified Nurse Assistant at MECC’s Pennington Gap satellite campus located in the Pennington Gap Mini-Mall. An informational meeting will be held at the Lee Nursing & Rehab Center on Thursday, December 1 at 6:30 p.m. Those interested in enrolling […]

MECC to Offer CNA Class

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a 10-week evening and weekend course this fall to become a Certified Nurse Assistant. An informational meeting will be held at the Heritage Hall in Wise on Tuesday, August 16 at 6 p.m. Those interested in enrolling in the fall course, or future CNA classes, […]

MECC To Offer CNA Courses This Summer

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Saturday-only Certified Nursing Assistant (CNA) courses this summer. Classes will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. at the Big Stone Gap campus beginning May 20 through August 19. Financial aid is available, but students should apply now. Employers will be interviewing students […]

MECC to Offer Course in Life and Teachings of Jesus

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer “Religion 216-N1: Life and Teachings of Jesus” this fall. This three-credit course will be offered Monday evenings from 6-8:45 p.m. Student will  study the major themes in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Gospels, and examines the events of his life in […]

MECC to Offer Coursework in Cyber Security

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will introduce new courses this spring in cyber security. Individuals interested in obtaining a credential in cyber security are encouraged to enroll in up to five courses to be offered during day and evening hours. ITN 101-H1 Introduction to Network Concepts provides instruction in networking media, physical […]

MECC to Offer Driver Improvement Classes

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to offer Virginia Department of Motor Vehicles-approved Driver Improvement Clinics beginning this October. Classes will meet on Saturdays from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. on MECC’s campus. The cost of the course is $75. The 2017-18 class schedule is as follows: October 14, 2017 November […]

MECC to Offer Drone Technology Course

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer the region’s only college credit course in drone technology this fall. AVI-195 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will cover the principles of building, programming and flying drones. Students will receive hands-on training in quadcopter design and construction as well as learn to fly both assisted […]

MECC to Offer Evening Business, Computer & Health-related Courses at Gate City High School

Gate City – Mountain Empire Community College will host several business and computer related evening courses this fall at Gate City High School. Business topics include Principles of Management offered Thursdays from 6-8:45 p.m.; Human Resource Management offered Wednesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m.; Customer Service offered Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. and Social Media Marketing […]

MECC to Offer Fall Music Courses

MECC will offer a variety of music courses this fall designed for beginning to advanced musicians at the Big Stone Gap campus and at Gate City High School. Classes offered at MECC’s main campus in Big Stone Gap include: beginning percussion, guitar, blues guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard, and clawhammer banjo; recording systems; introduction to lyric […]

MECC to Offer Free Quick Start to College Class

Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The class is designed for individuals who have considered enrolling in college, but are unsure about what is required. The class will be held on Thursday evenings beginning July 14 to August 11 from 5:30 p.m. […]

MECC to Offer Free Quick Start to College Class

Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The class is designed for individuals who have considered enrolling in college, but are unsure about what is required. The class will be held on Monday and Wednesday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning […]

MECC to Offer Free Quick Start to College Class

Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The class is designed for individuals who have considered enrolling in college, but are unsure about what is required. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons from 2:30 p.m. to 4 p.m. beginning […]

MECC to Offer Military History of Civil War

American History and military enthusiasts are encouraged to enroll this fall in Mountain Empire Community College’s History 266– Military History of the Civil War, to be offered Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Students will be introduced not only to the military aspects of the war between the states, but also to how […]

MECC to Offer New Theatre Appreciation Course

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer CST 141 — Theatre Appreciation as an online course this spring. The class will introduce students to play production and performance. The course will cover stage design, casting and characters, light and sound concerns, makeup and costume design, script writing, and adaptation. Early western theatre […]

MECC to Offer Online Training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS)

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer online training in Geographic Information Systems (GIS) this spring. Individuals, municipal and regional government organizations, and public service workers interested in furthering their training in GIS are encouraged to enroll. Courses offered this spring include GIS 200 & 201 Geographic Information Systems I and II, […]

MECC to Offer Private Pilot Ground School Instruction

Big Stone Gap – Interested in becoming a private pilot? Mountain Empire Community College will offer an online course this spring designed to prepare students for the FAA private pilot examination and to operate unmanned aerial systems (drones). MECC will offer ARO (Aviation) 121 – Private Pilot Ground School beginning March 14 through May 9. […]

MECC to Offer Quick Start to College Class

Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The six-week class is designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning October 27 to December 10, from 2 p.m. to […]

MECC to Offer Quick Start to College Class

Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The class is designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning March 15 to April 21, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 […]

MECC to Offer Scott County Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer the opportunity for students to enroll in a Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Gate City beginning in December. This special cohort program will be held at the Scott County Career and Technical Center on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 5 p.m. to 9 p.m. and […]

MECC To Offer Second Information Session for Dislocated Miners

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will host an information session for individuals and family members who have been laid-off due to mining and mining-related industry labor reductions. The session will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at MECC’s Dalton Cantrell Hall. Dislocated workers may qualify for free […]

MECC to Offer Series of Free Financial Aid Workshops

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a series of free financial aid workshops in March, April, and May designed for high school, college, and adult students who plan to attend college during the 2018-2019 academic year. Workshops will be held on Tuesdays  at 2:15 p.m. in Godwin Hall Room 118 […]

MECC, Frontier Health Partner in Adoption Awareness Campaign

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College, in partnership with Frontier Health, will host the Heart Gallery, a traveling photographic exhibit to promote adoption awareness. The exhibit, on display in MECC’s Slemp Commons in Phillips-Taylor Hall from May 3-15, was created to find forever families for children in foster care. The exhibit features […]

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 […]

MECC’s Slemp Gallery to Feature “Women in WWII” Exhibit

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery is pleased to host an exhibit by Kennesaw State University focusing on the role of women in World War II. “Beyond Rosie: Women in World War II” explores how World War II impacted the everyday social, cultural, and economic realities of life for women in […]

MECC’s Ketron Named President-Elect of State Professional Organization

  Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Student Support Service Counselor Jessica Ketron has been named as the President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP). VAEOPP’s goal is to increase college accessibly for all Virginia residents by supporting higher education institutions providing services such […]

MECC’s Mobile Enroll Fall Enrollment Service Dates Announced

BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Community College will offer its off-campus enrollment service, Mobile Enroll, this August at locations in Wise, Scott, Lee and Dickenson counties. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC for the fall of 2017, obtaining financial aid or wanting to learn more about the college’s programs are encouraged to visit […]