Entries by Amy Greear

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… Continue Reading MECC’s Mobile Enroll Fall Enrollment Service Dates Announced

MECC’s Mountain Music School Offers Craft Workshops

Big Stone Gap – For the first time in the event’s 13-year history, Mountain Empire Community College’s Mountain Music School will offer craft workshops for those interested in learning a new skill. Joy Branham of Eidson, Tennessee will teach piece quilting on Monday, July 24 from 9 a.m. to noon and hand quilting on Tuesday,… Continue Reading MECC’s Mountain Music School Offers Craft Workshops

MECC’s Slemp Gallery Features ”A Portrait of Appalachia”

  Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery is pleased host an exhibit by acclaimed artist Jeff Chapman-Crane titled “A Portrait of Appalachia.” The exhibit will run September 14 through October 23. A reception for Chapman-Crane Reception for the artist Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of MECC’s Robb Hall. Jeff… Continue Reading MECC’s Slemp Gallery Features ”A Portrait of Appalachia”

MECC’s Slemp Gallery Features Printmaker Ralph D. Slatton

  Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery will feature an exhibit by printmaker Ralph D. Slatton titled “A Print Retrospective” now through December 11. Slatton describes his artwork as influenced by fantasy gothic, printmakers Deborah Mae Broad and Peter Milton, and the movie/novel “Watership Down.” Slatton adds, “As I embrace this… Continue Reading MECC’s Slemp Gallery Features Printmaker Ralph D. Slatton

MECC’s Slemp Gallery Features Veenstra Exhibit

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery will feature an exhibit by James Veenstra titled  “Trees, Tessellations, and Tests” now through October 29. Veenstra says the “Trees” theme represents the idea that technology tends to isolate people. The “trees” in his 3D prints and woodcuts are a reaction to the cell phone/texting… Continue Reading MECC’s Slemp Gallery Features Veenstra Exhibit

MECC’s Slemp Gallery Showcases “Sewing Stories”

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery is pleased to host an exhibit in coordination with the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park titled “Sewing Stories.” Featuring the needlework of regional artists, “Sewing Stories” showcases new and historic quilts that express the crafter’s heritage and religious beliefs through patterns and symbols. Patterns… Continue Reading MECC’s Slemp Gallery Showcases “Sewing Stories”

Mountain Empire Community College Offers Fall Late Start Classes

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a variety of late starting classes for students this fall. Classes start throughout October and will run through December. Topics include Armed & Unarmed Security, Accounting, Office Administration, CPR & EMT training, Healthcare, Basic Pharmacy, Business Management, Medical Terminology, Multimedia Development, Legal Assisting and more.… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College Offers Fall Late Start Classes

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… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College Partners with Global Cybersecurity Training Company

Mountain Empire Community College to Hold Informational Session on Free Drone Operator Classes

BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Community College will hold an informational session on its summer Unmanned Aerial Systems classes Monday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in MECC’s Phillips-Taylor Hall, Room 214. Courses are free and will introduce concepts related to the building and operation of drones, which are the most common… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College to Hold Informational Session on Free Drone Operator Classes

Mountain Empire Community College to Hold MECC PROUD Week

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is hosting the third annual MECC PROUD week, recognizing the college’s important contributions to higher education and regional economic development October 10-16. 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 Mountain Empire Community College to Hold MECC PROUD Week

Mountain Empire Community College to Hold MECC PROUD Week

  Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is hosting the second annual MECC PROUD week, recognizing the college’s important contributions to higher education and regional economic development October 11-17.  MECC alumni, local businesses, MECC staff members, MECC students and community members are encouraged to display “MECC PROUD” signs in their yard, window… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College to Hold MECC PROUD Week

Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2017 Governor’s School

Big Stone Gap – Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the 2017 Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School to be held June 12 through June 23 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 Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2017 Governor’s School

Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2018 Job Expo

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold its 2018 Job Expo on Monday, April 2 from noon to 4 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall. More than 30 regional employers will be represented, with an estimated 90% of participants indicating they have current open positions. Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and dress professionally.… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2018 Job Expo

Mountain Empire Community College to Host 45th Annual Home Craft Days Festival  

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will once again welcome thousands of visitors to the campus this fall for the 45th Annual Home Craft Days Festival held Oct. 14-16. Celebrating the rich music, culture, and artistry of Southwest Virginia, the Home Craft Days Festival features demonstrations of weaving, pottery making, grist milling,… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College to Host 45th Annual Home Craft Days Festival  

Mountain Empire Community College to Offer Quick Start to College Program

Big Stone Gap, VA – Students who did not meet the deadline for enrolling in fall classes have a second chance to enroll at Mountain Empire Community College for the semester. MECC will offer a free Quick Start to College class designed for individuals who have considered college, but have not yet enrolled. The course… Continue Reading Mountain Empire Community College to Offer Quick Start to College Program

New Vocal Class and Workshops at MECC’s Mountain Music School

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer new vocal classes and workshops during the week of Mountain Music School, July 24-28. Instructor Trish Ferrell Wileman will lead “S.O.A.R. to New Singing Heights,” which introduces basic vocal tools to maximize breath control and usage, improve vocal range, breath for relaxation, and more.  Instruments… Continue Reading New Vocal Class and Workshops at MECC’s Mountain Music School

Nominations Sought for 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni & Friends Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the MECC Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to one or more areas of society, i.e., professional, academic, and personal achievements, civic service, or service to MECC. All living MECC alumni… Continue Reading Nominations Sought for 2017 Distinguished Alumni Award

Nominations Sought for 2018 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to one or more areas including their professional, academic, and personal achievements, civic service, or service to MECC. All living MECC alumni… Continue Reading Nominations Sought for 2018 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award

Nominations Sought for MECC Distinguished Alumni Award

Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni & Friends Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the MECC Distinguished Alumni Award. The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to one or more areas of society, i.e., professional, academic, and personal achievements, civic service, or service to MECC. All living MECC alumni… Continue Reading Nominations Sought for MECC Distinguished Alumni Award

President Westover Seeking Input From Students, Staff, Alumni, Community

Invitation to Submit Input on MECC Short-Term Needs and Achievements Message from Dr. Kris Westover, President of Mountain Empire Community College Greetings, Please allow me to take this opportunity to share with you my excitement as I begin my service as President of Mountain Empire Community College. It is truly an honor to have been… Continue Reading President Westover Seeking Input From Students, Staff, Alumni, Community

Public Invited to Provide Input in MECC Presidential Search

Big Stone Gap, Virginia – MECC invites the community to provide input in the selection of the college’s next president as the search to replace current President Scott Hamilton begins. Hamilton announced this fall that he will retire July 1, 2017, following almost seven years of service at MECC. Initial stages of the search process… Continue Reading Public Invited to Provide Input in MECC Presidential Search

Sen. Mark Warner to Visit MECC for Drone Demo Day

Big Stone Gap — Senator Mark Warner will visit Mountain Empire Community College on Tuesday, August 15 at 2:30 p.m. in Dalton-Cantrell Hall for a discussion and demonstration of MECC’s innovative Unmanned Aerial Vehicle (UAV) program. Launched in 2015, the UAV program at MECC — the first of its kind in Virginia — has opened… Continue Reading Sen. Mark Warner to Visit MECC for Drone Demo Day

Small Business Development Center to Host SEO Workshops

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Small Business Development Center will host two upcoming free workshops for small businesses on search engine optimization (SEO). “Climbing MT Google” will be held Tuesday, March 21 from 10 a.m. to noon at the Pioneer Center in Duffield. A second session will be offered on Monday, April… Continue Reading Small Business Development Center to Host SEO Workshops

State Board Committee Certifies Four Finalists for Mountain Empire Community College Presidency

RICHMOND – The State Board for Community Colleges has certified four finalists for the position of president at Mountain Empire Community College. The finalists were among more than 80 applicants from across the nation.   The four finalists are Dr. David L. Brand of Fayetteville, NC; Dr. Brian W. Van Hornof Murray, KY; Dr. Kristen… Continue Reading State Board Committee Certifies Four Finalists for Mountain Empire Community College Presidency

State Board for Community Colleges to Consider 2020-21 Fees at May Meeting

In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2020, at 9 a.m. on May 21, 2020, via a virtual meeting. The address for that meeting will be posted on… Continue Reading State Board for Community Colleges to Consider 2020-21 Fees at May Meeting

State Board for Community Colleges to Set 2018-2019 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

Richmond – In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2018, at 9 a.m., May 17, 2018, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va. The State Board will consider tuition… Continue Reading State Board for Community Colleges to Set 2018-2019 Tuition and Fees at May Meeting

Student Refunds Delayed Due to Weather Closure

Due to the college’s closure for inclement weather, student financial aid refunds will be delayed. Refunds normally received by students during the first week of March, will now be received during the third week of March. We apologize for any inconvenience.

Surface, Underground Mine Foreman Classes Offered

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer continuing education classes for both Surface and Underground Mine Foreman in June. Virginia Surface Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will be held Saturday, June, 24 in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 219 from 8 a.m. to noon. The Virginia Underground Mine Foreman Continuing Education Class will follow… Continue Reading Surface, Underground Mine Foreman Classes Offered

Tickets Available for MECC Foundation Event Honoring Karen K. Hall

  The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will induct Karen K. Hall into its Hall of Honor at the 2016 Spring Gala. The 2016 gala, titled, “Heart of Gold” will be held on the Mountain Empire Community College campus Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp… Continue Reading Tickets Available for MECC Foundation Event Honoring Karen K. Hall

UVa-Wise, Mountain Empire Community College Reverse Transfer Agreement Will Help Students Earn Degrees

  Big Stone Gap, VA – The University of Virginia’s College at Wise and Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) announced the signing of a reverse transfer agreement between the institutions during a meeting held Friday, Dec. 16. The reverse transfer program will be available to MECC students who have transferred to UVa-Wise from MECC prior… Continue Reading UVa-Wise, Mountain Empire Community College Reverse Transfer Agreement Will Help Students Earn Degrees

Vote Now to Help MECC Receive $25,000 Grant

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College needs help from the community to be selected for a $25,000 grant to support a comprehensive opioid education program in Southwest Virginia, entitled Project REVIVE Appalachia. MECC was selected as one of 200 finalists in State Farm’s Neighborhood Assist grant program, a crowd-sourced philanthropic program that empowers… Continue Reading Vote Now to Help MECC Receive $25,000 Grant