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

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 more information and class options, visit www.mecc.edu or call 276-523-2400 Click Here to View 2018 Summer Classes

Big prizes and golfing fun on tap at Auto World – MECC Golf Classic on May 17th to provide scholarships at MECC

Big Stone Gap – One lucky golfer will go home with a $500 prize, and other great prizes will be awarded, as well, at the Auto World – MECC Golf Classic on Friday, May 17, at Lonesome Pine Country Club to benefit scholarships at Mountain Empire Community College. All players hitting a hole-in-one on Hole… Continue Reading Big prizes and golfing fun on tap at Auto World – MECC Golf Classic on May 17th to provide scholarships at MECC

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… Continue Reading Dr. Kristen Westover Fund Established at MECC

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… Continue Reading Lonesome Pine Hospital Board To Assist MECC Nursing Students

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… Continue Reading MECC & Slemp Foundation Partner to Help Blackjewel Families

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… Continue Reading MECC Accepting Applications for Phlebotomy Cohort

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,… Continue Reading MECC and EntreEd partner to bring entrepreneurial training to local K-12 educators.

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… Continue Reading MECC Announces 2020 Graduates

MECC announces fall semester Honor’s List & fall semester President’s List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Honor’s List for the fall 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 failing grades.   APPALACHIA: Shaphan Fisher,… Continue Reading MECC announces fall semester Honor’s List & fall semester President’s List

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… Continue Reading MECC Announces Free Redbud Tree Distribution

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… Continue Reading MECC Announces Honor’s List for the Fall 2018 Semester

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

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Honor’s List for the spring 2020 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:  Ethan Church,… Continue Reading MECC Announces Spring Semester Honor’s List, Merit List & President’s List

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

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

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,… Continue Reading MECC Cancels 2020 Mountain Music School

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… Continue Reading MECC Career & Transfer Services to hold Two Informational Fairs

MECC Foundation Announces 2020 Lonesome Pine Short Story and Poetry Contest Winners

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the winners of the 2020 Lonesome Pine Short Story and Poetry Contests. The Contest was held in conjunction with the 44th annual John Fox Jr. Literary Festival, held Wednesday, March 4. Middle School Short Story First Place: Corey Gray, Ridgeview Middle… Continue Reading MECC Foundation Announces 2020 Lonesome Pine Short Story and Poetry Contest Winners

MECC Foundation Announces Debra Rene Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to announce the establishment of the Debra Rene Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship benefiting MECC students interested in careers in social work and counseling. Debra was the daughter of Charles R. Greene and the late Mary Roberts Greene. The scholarship was created by her… Continue Reading MECC Foundation Announces Debra Rene Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship

MECC Foundation Raises $100,000 to Support Scott County Students

Hiltons, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation recently raised an estimated $60,000 at a special event to assist Scott County students attending MECC. With this year’s total, the Scott County Endowed Scholarship Committee has raised more than $100,000 in two years to support the Scott County Endowed Scholarship Fund. More than 70 percent… Continue Reading MECC Foundation Raises $100,000 to Support Scott County Students

MECC Foundation to Host “Diamonds and Denim” Event Supporting Scott County Scholarships

The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to present “Diamonds and Denim,” an evening of elegance and entertainment featuring the music of the Jeff Little Trio and Wayne Henderson, at the beautiful Crooked River Lodge in Hiltons, Va., Saturday, August 24. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Scott County Endowed Scholarship Fund,… Continue Reading MECC Foundation to Host “Diamonds and Denim” Event Supporting Scott County Scholarships

MECC Foundation to Host 42nd Annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival & Lonesome Pine Short-Story and Poetry Contests

Big Stone Gap, VA — The MECC Foundation is pleased to announce the 42nd annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival, featuring a presentation by guest author Sharyn McCrumb, on Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m.in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall.   In coordination with the festival event, the MECC Foundation will host the 31st Annual… Continue Reading MECC Foundation to Host 42nd Annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival & Lonesome Pine Short-Story and Poetry Contests

MECC Foundation to Host 44th Annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival & Lonesome Pine Short-Story and Poetry Contests

Big Stone Gap, VA — The MECC Foundation, in partnership with the Lonesome Pine Regional Library and the National Endowment for the Arts Big Read Project, is pleased to announce the 44th annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival, featuring a presentation by guest author Silas House, on Wednesday, March 4 at 10 a.m. in the… Continue Reading MECC Foundation to Host 44th Annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival & Lonesome Pine Short-Story and Poetry Contests

MECC Foundation to Host Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers in Clintwood

Clintwood, VA — The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation is pleased to host Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers on Saturday, Nov. 2 at 7 p.m. at Clintwood’s Jettie Baker Center.  Tickets are $20 per person and can be purchased at the Clintwood Town Hall or the Ralph Stanley Museum in Clintwood (cash or check… Continue Reading MECC Foundation to Host Larry Sparks and the Lonesome Ramblers in Clintwood

MECC Foundation to Host Lee County Endowed Scholarship Valentine’s Dinner

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation and the Lee County Endowed Scholarship Committee will hold a special Valentine’s Day dinner to raise funds benefiting the Lee County Endowed Scholarship. The Foundation has received a $30,000 match pledge for the scholarship from the Slemp Foundation. All donations, including proceeds from the dinner,… Continue Reading MECC Foundation to Host Lee County Endowed Scholarship Valentine’s Dinner

MECC Foundation, Haunted Forest Hosts Scare Night

Big Stone Gap — The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, in partnership with MECC’s Haunted Forest, will host a special Scare Night this Saturday, October 24 at the Central Drive-In, Blackwood.  Central Drive-In will feature two movies beginning at around 7:30 p.m., World War Z and Pet Cemetery. MECC’s Haunted Forest Ghouls will be lurking around throughout the… Continue Reading MECC Foundation, Haunted Forest Hosts Scare Night

MECC Governor’s School 2018 – June 11th – 22nd

Governor’s School is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the City of Norton, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. The two-week program, held annually on MECC’s campus in June, features a variety of hands-on activities in one of several subject areas selected by… Continue Reading MECC Governor’s School 2018 – June 11th – 22nd

MECC Health Information Management Program Earns National Accreditation

(Left to Right) Student Amber Wallace and HIM Instructor Sabrina Ward   Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Health Information Management (HIM) Program has earned national accreditation with CAHIIM, the Commission on Accreditation for Health Informatics and Information Management Education. MECC launched its Associate Degree of Applied Science in Health Information Management Program… Continue Reading MECC Health Information Management Program Earns National Accreditation

MECC Hosts 48th 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 48th Annual Home Craft Days Festival held Oct. 18-20. Celebrating the rich music, culture, and artistry of Southwest Virginia, the Home Craft Days Festival features two full days of concerts, craft vendors,… Continue Reading MECC Hosts 48th Annual Home Craft Days Festival

MECC Important Announcement: Class Registration Deadline

Students who have not yet enrolled for the Fall 2018 semester are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an advisor and register for classes by Tuesday, August 21. Classes begin Wednesday, August 22. New students who enroll after Tuesday, August 21 will only be enrolled in late-starting classes and MECC’s Quick Start program. To schedule… Continue Reading MECC Important Announcement: Class Registration Deadline

MECC is currently seeking participants for Spring 2020’s National Cyber League

Big Stone Gap- Mountain Empire Community College is looking for students to compete in the National Cyber League (NCL), an online competition that consists of a series of challenges that allow students to demonstrate their ability to identify hackers from forensic data, audit vulnerable websites, recover from ransomware attacks, and more. Students that have taken… Continue Reading MECC is currently seeking participants for Spring 2020’s National Cyber League

MECC offers a free Quick Start to College class designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll.

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… Continue Reading MECC offers a free Quick Start to College class designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll.

MECC participates in the United Way of SWVA Careers Expo for Youth

Mountain Empire Community College recently participated in the United Way of SWVA Careers Expo for Youth held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon on September 25 and 26. More than 4,000 students participated in the event. The college was represented by Health Science Recruiter and Retention Specialist Sarah Clarkston, CTE Recruiter Vicki Pearcy, and… Continue Reading MECC participates in the United Way of SWVA Careers Expo for Youth

MECC Receives $2.2M Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the College has been awarded a $2.2M Department of Education Title III Strengthening Institutions grant.  MECC’s Pathways to Student Success grant will support expansion of academic programs, renovation of classroom spaces, and additional student advising support. The goal of MECC’s Title III grant… Continue Reading MECC Receives $2.2M Federal Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant

MECC Receives $43,200 Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Award

Richmond – Mountain Empire Community College has received the prominent Gerald L. Baliles Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Award from the Virginia Foundation for Community College Education (VFCCE) to increase high school and college completion. The award was renamed to honor the legacy of Gerald L. Baliles, the 65th governor of Virginia, a native of rural… Continue Reading MECC Receives $43,200 Rural Virginia Horseshoe Initiative Award

MECC Selected for FAA Training Program

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College announces the Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has selected its unmanned aircraft systems courses for the Unmanned Aircraft Systems-Collegiate Training Program, or the UAS-CTI. The FAA’s UAS-CTI program recognizes institutions that prepare students for careers in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS), commonly referred to as drones. To qualify… Continue Reading MECC Selected for FAA Training Program

MECC Staff Producing Face Shields for Area Medical Personnel

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College faculty and staff have joined a regional effort by higher education institutions to help produce face shields needed by local medical personnel to protect against the COVID-19 virus. MECC Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Instructor Jake Gilly said he has turned a corner in his home into a… Continue Reading MECC Staff Producing Face Shields for Area Medical Personnel

MECC students earn five of top six scores at regional cybersecurity competition.

Wise, VA – On Thursday, October 24, MECC cybersecurity and software development students competed in UVa-Wise’ second annual BSides Capture the Flag competition, a computer-based individual competition that tests participants ability to problem-solve with regards to information technology and security. MECC students Macarthur Inbody and Noah Sturgill were two of three competitors who tied for… Continue Reading MECC students earn five of top six scores at regional cybersecurity competition.

MECC Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break

  Big Stone Gap, VA – Five Mountain Empire Community College students opted to spend their spring break volunteering on MECC’s second annual Alternative Spring Break trip sponsored by Student Activities. The team traveled to Berkeley County, SC and partnered with Habitat for Humanity to work on construction of a new house for a family… Continue Reading MECC Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break