Entries by Jason Kilgore

(SHRM) Announced the Presentation to MECC’s Business & Information Technology Division

Big Stone Gap, VA— The Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management announced the presentation of a Belk Gift Card to Mountain Empire Community College’s Business & Information Technology Division, enabling the Division to purchase MECC Business Graduates with needed job interview attire. “This gift is a chance for our next generation […]

2018 Summer Classes

Are you a university student looking to ease your fall course load & save money at the same time? Summer classes available at MECC starting June 1. For more information and class options, visit www.mecc.edu or call 276-523-2400 Click Here to View 2018 Summer Classes

ATCB Alumni, UVA-Wise, MECC Announce New Scholarship

Mountain Empire Community College and the University of Virginia’s College at Wise are pleased to announce the creation of the ATCB Alumni Association Endowed Scholarship benefiting students in Southwest Virginia.  The ATCB Alumni Association Scholarship Fund was established by the Alumni Association of the former Appalachia Training School, Central High School, and James Bland Schools. […]

Belcher Named 2019 MECC Alumna of the Year

Big Stone Gap — Alicia Belcher, a resident of St. Paul and math teacher at Ridgeview High School, has been named MECC’s 2019 Alumna of the Year. Belcher, a 2014 Summa Cum Laude graduate of MECC, earned an Associate’s Degree in Pre-Teacher Education. She began at MECC as a non-traditional college student, enrolling as a […]

Dr. Emily Bowen Named Appalachian Leadership Institute Fellow

Big Stone Gap, VA — The Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) named MECC Dental Assistant Program Director Dr. Emily Bowen to participate in the 2022-2023 class of the Appalachian Leadership Institute, a leadership and economic development training opportunity for individuals currently living and/or working in one of ARC’s 13 Appalachian states. As part of her training, […]

Dr. Kristen Westover Fund Established at MECC

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that a new fund, the President Kristen Westover Fund, has been established to provide resources for learning and professional development.    The Fund, established by members of Dr. Westover’s family, will be specifically used to assist with faculty, staff, and student professional […]

Governor Ralph Northam today announced that eHealth Technologies, Inc., a provider of medical record and image retrieval and clinical intelligence services, will invest $375,000 to establish a new customer support center in Scott County. This initiative will create 160 new jobs.

Mountain Empire Community College, along with the Virginia Economic Development Partnership, Scott County, InvestSWVA, and the Virginia Tobacco Region Revitalization Commission are collaborators in the project Governor Northam approved a New Company Incentive Program grant of $626,500, which will be provided by the Commonwealth’s Opportunity Fund (COF). Eligible companies that meet statutory investment and employment […]

Lonesome Pine Hospital Board To Assist MECC Nursing Students

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce that the Lonesome Pine Hospital Board has provided a $6,000 gift to cover national testing fees for students enrolled in the College’s Registered Nursing program and who are employed by Ballad Health. The program, established almost 15 years ago with the Wellmont […]

MECC & Slemp Foundation Partner to Help Blackjewel Families

BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Community College and the Slemp Foundation are partnering to assist families impacted by the Blackjewel mine closures with tuition and college expense assistance. Qualifying families living in Lee and Wise County are encouraged to visit www.mecc.edu/blackjewel to submit their contact information. An MECC representative will work with individuals to […]

MECC Accepting Applications for Phlebotomy Cohort

Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2019 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 courses for […]

MECC and EntreEd partner to bring entrepreneurial training to local K-12 educators.

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College and the National Consortium for Entrepreneurship Education (EntreEd) recently partnered to deliver a hands-on workshop for local K-12 educators to learn about, experience, and integrate entrepreneurship education into their classrooms this upcoming school year. A total of 16 educators, ranging from school principals to classroom teachers, […]

MECC Announces 2020 Graduates

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College recognizes the Class of 2020, including 581 graduates earning 277 Associate degrees, and 186 Certificates and 298 Career Studies Certificates.  Graduates were recognized with a Virtual Graduation Recognition published on Friday, May 15 on the College’s website and social media accounts. 2020 graduates will be recognized at a later date.   Students receiving honor awards for 2020 […]

MECC Announces Administrative Appointments

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the appointment of several administrative positions following the retirements of key personnel.  “We are extremely pleased and excited about the addition of our new administrators. This is a group of highly dedicated and qualified educators who are excited to share the educational opportunities […]

MECC Announces Free Redbud Tree Distribution

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College, in partnership with the Metallurgical Coal Producers Association, and the state parks in Southwest Virginia, will offer a redbud tree giveaway in October in coordination with the College’s 2020 Home Craft Days Virtual Festival.  Approximately 2,500 trees are available for distribution at no cost at three Southwest […]

MECC Announces Honor’s List for the Fall 2018 Semester

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Honor’s List for the fall 2018 semester. Students are eligible for the Honor’s List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.   APPALACHIA: Peyton Hylton […]

MECC Announces Re-Employing Virginians Funding

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will receive more than $782,000 to assist residents of Lee, Wise, Scott, and Dickenson Counties and the city of Norton who are interested or are currently enrolled in high demand fields and have been impacted by COVID-19.  Governor Ralph Northam announced Friday that Virginia is allocating $30 million in federal Coronavirus […]

MECC announces spring semester Merit, Honor & President’s List

MECC announces spring semester Merit List The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Merit List for the spring 2022 semester. Students are eligible for the Merit List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.2 to 3.49 during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or […]

MECC Announces Summer Semester Honor’s, Merit & President’s List

MECC announces summer semester Honor’s List The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Honor’s List for the summer 2019 semester.  Students are eligible for the Honor’s List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.5 to 3.79 during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or […]

MECC Announces T-Shirt Design Contest Winne

MECC is pleased to announce that alumnus Reece Williams, class of 2016, has submitted the winning T-shirt contest design to commemorate the college’s 50th anniversary.     More than half of survey respondents chose Williams’s design out of five exceptional entries. Williams, a native of Gate City, is currently employed at Thompson and Litton in Wise as a […]

MECC Awarded $1.7M TRIO Grant to Support Tutoring, Completion

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the college has received a $1.7M U.S. Department of Education TRIO grant to support students from disadvantaged backgrounds in completing a college degree.  TRIO programs provide academic tutoring, personal counseling, mentoring, financial guidance, and other supports necessary for educational access and retention. The TRIO […]

MECC Bridges Digital Divide with Innovative Laptop Loan Program

Big Stone Gap, Virginia — Mountain Empire Community College has launched an initiative to provide essential technologies to students who need it most. MECC’s Student Services and Student Outreach Center, in collaboration with the college’s IT department, has launched an innovative laptop loan program to ensure all students have access to the technology required for […]

MECC Cancels 2020 Mountain Music School

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College is cancelling the 16th Annual Mountain Music School, following the guidelines of the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) for summer camps. MECC Mountain Music School Coordinator Dr. Michael Gilley said the cancellation is “in the best interest of the health and safety of the students, faculty, […]

MECC Career & Transfer Services to hold Two Informational Fairs

MECC Career & Transfer Services will host two Informational Fairs next week. The Annual Fall Transfer Fair will be on Tuesday, October 22 and the Inaugural Program Fair will be on Wednesday, October 23. The purpose of the Transfer Fair is to allow students and graduates the opportunity to meet with representatives from various institutions […]

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 […]

MECC Foundation and Ballad Health partner to host golf tournament for the Lee County Endowed Scholarship

The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the MECC – Ballad Health Golf Classic, benefitting the Lee County Endowed Scholarship, will be held on Friday, July 16, at Cedar Hill Country Club in Jonesville.   Registration for the Captain’s Choice tournament will begin at 8 a.m. with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m. The tournament will feature two flights, putting and chipping contests, as well as “Most Accurate […]

MECC Foundation Announces MECC Promise Program

Big Stone Gap — The MECC Foundation will launch the MECC Promise program, guaranteeing all high school graduates in our service region tuition-free community college beginning with the Class of 2023. As part of MECC’s 50th-anniversary recognition, the MECC Advisory and Foundation Boards set a goal in 2022 to raise enough funding to support up […]

MECC Foundation Announces RAPHA Foundation Gift

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is excited to announce a gift of $375,000 from the RAPHA Foundation of Norton.      The gift will be used to support scholarship development and to meet MECC’s $245,000 Title III Endowment Grant Challenge supporting student scholarships and strengthening the institution’s health science programming. […]