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, and staff during this pandemic. We look forward to hosting Mountain Music School in July 2021.”

MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Students from age 10 and up learn to play an instrument of their choice, including beginning and advanced options in “old-time” fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, shape note singing, and dog house bass. More than 100 students participate each year from all over the nation and world. The majority of youth students attend on scholarship. 

The program, started by the late Sue Ella Boatright-Wells and Musician Ron Short, was developed to preserve old-time music in Southwest Virginia. Since it’s inception in 2005, Mountain Music School has trained thousands of musicians in traditional old-time music, including instrumental instruction, dance, and vocals. 

Several Mountain Music School students have gone on to perform professionally and have played at venues including the White House, the Smithsonian Institute, the International Bluegrass Festival, and the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame. This is the first time in the program’s history that a cancellation has been required. 

“The decision to cancel the 16th Annual  Mountain Music School required much thought and consideration of the safety of our students, faculty and staff, ” said MECC President Kristen Westover. “With those priorities in mind and the given constraints of the current pandemic, we simply cannot create the amazing interactive experience that has defined the program for fifteen years. We do look forward to being able to deliver Mountain Music School in 2021.”

In 2019, MMS was named the recipient of a $15,000 grant from the Slemp Foundation to purchase new instruments for student instruction. The program has also received support from t​he Wise, Scott, Lee, and Dickenson County Board of Supervisors, the City of Norton Council, Auto World, Community Motors, the Mackie Family/Noteworthy Strings, the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, the Papa Joe Smiddy Festival, the Cove Ridge Center, the Virginia Endowment for the Arts, Pro-Art, and the Crooked Road. 

For more information on MECC’s Mountain Music School, please contact Dr. Michael Gilley, at 276.523.2400 ext. 304 

MECC Will Offer Majority of Classes Online for Fall 2020

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer a variety of options for courses for the Fall 2020, with the majority of courses being offered online to protect the safety and welfare of students and staff. 

Programs such as Welding, Machining, Truck Driving, Construction, Engineering, and others that require face-to-face instruction will be configured for smaller class sizes to allow for social distancing. Additional cleaning and sanitizing protocols will be implemented in these classrooms.

For students enrolled in health programs, such as Practical and Registered Nursing, Respiratory Therapy, and others, the College will ensure that students have the necessary safety equipment (Personal Protective Equipment-PPE) to complete coursework and practicums. 

“Faculty and staff have shown tremendous innovation in designing a large variety of course and program offerings that will be safe, engaging, and accessible, “said Dr. Kristen Westover, MECC President.  

Decisions regarding class scheduling for fall 2020 will remain flexible and dependent upon local COVID-19 conditions, Executive Orders from the Governor, guidance from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and Virginia Department of Health, and other sources of guidance.  All courses will likely have some online content, others will be entirely online, and some will be a combination of in-person and online (hybrid offerings).    

MECC will continue to support online learners, including assessment of online learning readiness, career exploration, tutoring, advising, online testing, etc. in a virtual format. In some instances, for face-to-face courses, this may require a modified schedule to address safety concerns and comply with safety requirements.   

“MECC is committed to work with students to complete their courses,” Westover said. “We believe that our approach is the safest choice we can make for this fall while ensuring that students are able to learn and train for their future careers.” 

Westover explained that online courses will be offered in various formats. Some online courses, which are synchronous offerings, are structured to meet at specific times on tools like Zoom, just like a traditional in-person class, so students can engage with their instructor and classmates together. Others offer a chance to learn material at one’s own pace to complete assignments or take exams by specific deadlines in faculty-facilitated courses, or asynchronous offerings.  

VCCS Chancellor Glenn Dubois noted Virginia’s community colleges are experts in providing online classes. “We began these offerings nearly 25 years ago, growing to become Virginia’s largest public provider of distance learning courses. We served more than 150,000 people last year through the more than 10,000 virtual courses offered across our 23 community colleges. 

We are safe, we are the largest provider of higher education in Virginia, we are the largest online provider of higher education in Virginia, and we are the most affordable educational option in Virginia,” Dubois said.  

For more information regarding Fall 2020 course scheduling options, or to enroll in an MECC Fall 2020 course, please call 276.523.2400 or visit the MECC’s website at www.mecc.edu.  

 

 

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 include:  

ALL-VA ACADEMIC TEAM 

Lindsey Johnson 

Brandi Osborne 

Amelia Strouth 

 

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK AWARD 

Madison Childress 

Cameron Cope 

Zoe Falin 

Amelia Strouth 

Yijia Wang 

 

COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM GRADUATES 
Sarah Aguinaga 

Joules Bagienski 

April Bailey 

Chandler Brickey 

Elizabeth Carroll 

Ashley Crabtree 

Melissa Freeman 

Tanya Isbell 

Kirklyn Milgrim 

Selena Moore 

Jennifer Napier 

Gregory Seals 

Shyanne Van Heel 

Austin Wells 

Aaron Williams 

 

CHEMISTRY AWARD 

Brayden Mozingo 

Amber Sowards 

 

CIRCLE K MOVING FORWARD AWARD 

Arietta Harvey 

 

EXCEPTIONAL GRADUATE AWARDS 

Aaron Best 

Jim Clark 

Carrie Lund 

Brandi Osborne 

Amelia Strouth 

 

FAST FORWARD STUDENT OF THE YEAR 

Gregory Seals 

 

THE JAMES L. DURHAM MATHEMATICS AWARD 

Huish Ammon 
Jared Helbert 

 

JAKKAE JACKSON PHLEMBOTOMY AWARD 

Sheena Woodward 

 

LIFE CAMPUS MINISTRY  

Andrew Barrier 

Megan Lovell 

Madison Childress 

Jim Clark 

Cameron Cope 

Aleigha Cope 

Walter Feck 

Hannah Phillips 

Whitney Slemp 

 

LONESOME PINE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY AWARD 

Samantha Cupp 

 

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT AWARDS 

Administrative Support Technology 

Ann Lane 

 

Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist 

Lisa Scott 

 

Computer Networking 

Jared Sullivan 

 

Computer Software Specialist 

Danielle Lamb 

 

Health Information Management 

Phyllis McGlothlin 

 

Management 

Carrie Lund 

 

Paralegal Studies 

Aaron Best 

 

PEGGY DURHAM OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD 

Cameron Cope 

 

PHI THETA KAPPA AWARD 

Kevin Cooper 

 

STUDENT DIPLOMAT AWARD 

Aleigha Cope 

Erin Humphrey 

Frank Miano 

Emma Mullins 

Shellby Rose 

Samantha Sizemore 

Tanna Whitt 

 

STUDENT SERVICES AWARD 

TRIO ACHIEVER AWARD 

Carrie Adams 

Jim Clark 

Tanzania Earl 

Barbara Estep 

Walter Feck 

Jessica Manning 

Kirklyn Milgrim 

Gregor Seals 

Dawnna Stebbins 

Evan Swick 

Yijia Wang 

Crystal Zeppa 

 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS 

Savannah Bowen 

Kayla Combs 

Gabriel Counts 

Autumn Elliott 

Alli Miller 

Selena Moore 

Marissa Moore 

Christian Sayers 

Kaylee Sexton 

Joshua Stidham 

Aidan Wells 

Emily Whisman 

Morgan Woliver 

 

STUDENTS EARNING WORKFORCE CREDENTIALS 

Power Lineman 

Jacob Adair 

Nathan Bailey 

Nicholas Elliot 

Joshua France 

Brenton Graham 

Anthony Jessee 

David Layne 

Alex Mullins 

Tyler Oakley 

Christian  Rogers 

Donnie Saul 

Austin Sexton 

Dylan Short 

Mason Bellamy 

Holton Carter 

Eli Craft 

Jacob Davis 

Jonathan Dye 

Jared Edens 

Tyler Gardner 

Tyler Haynes 

Johnathan Holbrook 

Tylan Jackson 

Brain Jenkins 

Calleb Meade 

Hank Middleton 

Thomas Peak 

Brandon Robinson 

Zachary Rose 

Kevin Yeary 

Bailey Baker 

Brandon Bentley 

Caleb Compton 

Brandon Crabtree 

Preston Fleming 

Joseph Maine 

Corey McNeil 

Isaiah Mullins 

Shane Neece 

Isaiah Reynolds 

Mason Sluss 

Dawson Sutherland 

 

Commercial Driver’s License 

Joe Hobbs 

Michael Lewis 

Brett Maness 

Gregory Seals Jr. 

Rodney Tritt 

Thomas Vaughn 

Bobby Whiteaker 

Caleb Dillon 

Marc Huff 

Joshua K. Rasnick 

Joshua A. Rasnick 

Hank Rogers 

 

Emergency Medical Technician Graduates 

Carter Burke 

Cole Burke 

Wendel Burke 
Ethan Kegley 

 

Certified Nursing Assistant 

Emily Daugherty 

Timothy Mullins 

Vickie Mullins 

Adriana Newman 

Geraldeen Peters 

James Stevans 

 

CANDIDATES FOR DEGREES

MAY 15, 2020 
The students whose names appear below made formal application for a degree or certificate by the date specified in the Academic Calendar. 

Associate of Arts and Sciences  
Business Administration 

Jessica Brooke Eldridge* 

Angela D. Vanzant** 

  

Associate of Arts and Sciences  

General Studies 

Carrie Ann Adams** 

Tabitha Leigh Adams 

Eden Ruth Allan* 

Hannah Victoria Austin**+ 

Jessica Jane Balthis 

Rebecca J. Boles* 

Savannah Lynn Bowen* 

Dawson Michael Boyd 

Megan Danielle Burton 

Caleb Blake Carico*** 

Tanner Joeray Charles 

Amber Cheyanne Collins* 

Allison Faith Compton 

Cameron Blake Cope 

Gabriel Addison Counts*** 

Caitlyn Paige Cox* 

Ashley Lynne Cusano***+ 

Tiffany Stacie Davis 

Sherry K. Deaton 

Melanie Lynn Dotson* 

Tanzania Tanece Earl* 

Autumn Lane Elliott* 

Ericka B. Fisher** 

Kaden Tre Fisher 

Patrick Leslie Fisher** 

Amber Jae Nicole Freeman***+ 

Noah James Garrison 

Veronica Marie Gendron** 

Ashtyn Claire Gibson***+ 

Stephanie M. Gibson 

Saylor Reece Gilly***+ 

Kelly Tatum Harvel***+ 

Nathaniel Thomas Hersel***+ 

Mitchell Blake Holbrook** 

Christa Renee Holmes*** 

Emily Grace Hurd** 

Grace Anna Marie Isbel 

Tanya Jane Isbell*** 

Keaton Allen Johnson**+ 

Hannah M. Jones 

Jacob Lee Lane 

Ariel G. Lawson** 

Owen Thalus Lawson**+ 

Summer Marie Lee 

Margo D. Lewis 

Brieann Patrice Lomax** 

Valerie Rose McConnell** 

Elizabeth Grace McReynolds***+ 

Brittany Leigh Meade* 

Alli Marie Miller** 

Kayla Nicole Moore* 

Selena Paige Moore** 

Charles Jacob Allen Mullins 

Noah Blake Mullins* 

Abigayle Renae Eldridge Nighswander** 

Ashton Faith O’Quinn** 

Chelsea Brooke Perry 

Katherine Delaney Perry***+ 

Tiffany Marie Pigott** 

Koby Orion Poff***+ 

Charity Lynn Pridemore 

Michael Jesse Pritchett 

Hannah Elizabeth Reasor**+ 

Katherine Lynn Reuille 

Ethan Lee Rhoton 

Ryan A. Roberson** 

Desiree Ann Robinson 

Elizabeth Jobil Rock** 

April Michelle Rose* 

Hollie Elsa-Beth Rose 

Elizabeth Nicole Salyers 

Christian D. Sayers* 

Kaylee Faith Sexton* 

Kaleb Andrew Sharrett 

Chloe Brooke Smith***+ 

Madison Ruth Leigh Shuler***+ 

Caleb Winston Snodgrass 

Sydney Alyssa-Renae Stapleton***+ 

Lindsay Nicole Starnes*** 

Joshua L. Stidham* 

Heather R. Storie 

Amelia Morgan Strouth***+ 

MarShara Nicole Thompson 

Kendra Nicole Maness 

Mckenzie Anne Turner* 

Andrew P. Vanhook 

Angela D. Vanzant** 

Loren Oliviah Vermillion***+ 

Yijia Wang*** 

Makayla Shyanne Ward 

Brooklyn Paige Warner 

Aidan Riley Wells*** 

Emily Nicole Whisman* 

Summer Marquette Woodard 

Christian Ray Worley***+ 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences 

Pre-Teacher Education 

Jennifer Myma Sue Barry* 

Kayla Marie Combs** 

Cameron Blake Cope 

Nolan Alexander Lamkin 

Marissa B. Moore* 

Selena Paige Moore** 

Amber Diana Morris 

Desirae Marie Porter 

Courtney A. Smith 

Santana Lynne Vincent 

Morgan Grace Jesse Woliver** 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences 

Science 

Lakin Danyel Castle 

Keaton Allen Johnson**+ 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences 

Science: Engineering Specialization 

Zachary Ryan Strouth 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Administrative Support Technology 

Ann Lorraine Lane** 

Brandi Cierra Osborne* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist 

Sandra Denise Collins*** 

Brandi Cierra Osborne* 

Shelli R. Roberts** 

Lisa Nicole Scott*** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computer-Aided Drafting/Design Technology 

John Glenn Hines III** 

Caleb I. Richardson 

Brian Gregory Pearcy** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computer Networking Technology 

Noah Jerry Moneyhun 

Jason M. Stine** 

Jared Lee Sullivan** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computer Software Specialist 

Danielle Krystal Lamb*** 

Kirklyn Patrick Milgrim*** 

Sean Andrew Owens* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computerized Manufacturing Technology: Electromechanical Technology Specialization 

Matthew Cole Hamilton 

Samuel Allen Powers, Jr.** 

Andrew John Price** 

Samuel Franklin Scott II 

Timothy Jared Sturgill** 

Kody Lee Whitt 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Correctional Services 

Jessica Faye Baker 

Joseph Michael Denhardt 

Titus Zachary Houston 

Lyndsey Brianna Johnson* 

Michael E. Storie** 

Austin Chase White 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Emergency Medical Services Technology 

Joshua D. Church* 

Matthew Richard Corbett* 

Tristan Anthony Craiger 

Destiny Nichole Hatfield*** 

David Patrick Kelley*** 

Taylor Brooke Moore 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Energy Technology 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley** 

Ronald W. Gilliam* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Energy Technology -Electrical Specialization 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley** 

William Tyler McCarty 

Samuel Allen Powers, Jr.** 

Associate of Applied Science 

Environmental Science 

Bruce Leonard Gardner** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Environmental Science- Water/Wastewater Specialization 

Joshua Michael Ferris** 

Richard Oliver Hatfield*** 

LeRoy A. Rice*** 

Douglas P. Towne*** 

Associate of Applied Science 

Forest Science 

Andrew Michael Barrier** 

Bruce Leonard Gardner** 

Travis W. Powers* 

Daniel Ray Townsend 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Health Information Management 

Breanna Rose Bernard*** 

Brittany Paige Cress 

Phyllis Leigh McGlothlin** 

Lisa M Milanese*** 

Brandy D. Presley* 

Kayla Danielle Thatcher 

Tonya R. Wallace** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Management 

Jim Henry Clark** 

McKenzie Leigh Crabtree* 

Krystina Gangl*** 

Yesha Abdiel Gardner* 

Cynthia D. Herron** 

Carrie M. Lund*** 

Jennifer Marie Napier** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Nursing 

Rachel E. Alley* 

Samantha Jo Austin** 

Andrew J. Baker** 

Rick Barrett 

Caitlin Marie Bradford 

Haley Elizabeth Brickey 

Justin Craig Browning* 

Ashley Paige Christian 

Emily Nicole Cooper 

Ashley Kaitlyn Crabtree** 

Amber Nichole Crihfield* 

Kelsey Jo Culbertson 

Samantha Hope Cupp*** 

Melodee Lynn DeBoard 

Roseanna Jolene Dickenson 

Ericka B. Fisher** 

Patrick Leslie Fisher** 

Cassie Marie Gouge** 

Katelyn Louise Hall 

Leighann Michelle Hall** 

Pamela S. Hamilton* 

Rachel Marie Hubbard* 

Fallon Nicole Jacobs* 

Amy Cayla Marie Jones 

Samantha Kaitlynn Keene 

Savahanna Faith Kern 

Ashley Brooke Longsworth 

Lauren Ashley Mabe 

Hannah Kristen Martin** 

Kayla M. Middleton 

Nathan Lee Minor** 

Stephanie L. Morris* 

April Louise Mullins 

Maryellen Rose Pauley 

Shonna D. Peterson* 

Samantha Faye Phillips 

Blaise Renee Rasnick 

Jessica L. Reed** 

Patricia Nicole Repass 

Summer Breanna Rhodes* 

Brittany S. Roberts 

Heather Renee Rose 

Camrynn Kaylor Russell 

Channa Alexis Sanders** 

Chantarae M. Shepard** 

Jeremy Lee Shepherd 

Makayla Brooke Smith 

Samantha Fae Stallard 

Toni Brooke Stamper 

Caitlin Marie Stanley* 

Brittany Ann Stapleton 

Rebecca Ann Stapleton 

Robin Renee States 

Alicia Louise Stiltner* 

Christie L. Summey 

Emily M. Trent 

Neisha N. Tuggle* 

Savannah Brooke Varney** 

Lindsay Beth Ann Vernon 

Kasey Michelle Yates 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Paralegal Studies 

Aaron Steele Best*** 

Jacqueline C. Hampton*** 

MaKayla Cheyenne Wilder 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Police Science 

Jessica Faye Baker 

Chandler Richard Brickey** 

Jacob Stephen Cantrell 

Grayson Cuel Cothron*** 

Keith E. Crabtree** 

Jared James Ray Crigger* 

Joseph Michael Denhardt 

Bobby W. Edwards*** 

Lillian Mckenize Hall  

Nathaniel Patton Herron* 

Titus Zachary Houston 

Lyndsey Brianna Johnson* 

Noah Ridge Middleton*** 

Andrew Richard Storm Sanders 

Madison Lynn Shoffner* 

Macayla Brooke Singleton 

Jason M. Stine** 

Michael E. Storie** 

Austin Chase White 

Associate of Applied Science 

Respiratory Therapy 

Brandon Patrick Armistead* 

Savannah Brooke Brooks*** 

Kaitlin Elizabeth Catterton 

Darien Chase Cottrell 

Amanda Gabrille Fisher 

Brittany S. Frazier 

Taylor G. Fuller* 

Taylor Danielle Hensley* 

Nicholas Montana Ledford* 

Harley Paige Marcum 

Caitlin Brooke Summey** 

Shyanne Tyla Van Heel** 

Davina Brooke Vanover** 

Tabitha Renee Wallace* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Technical Studies- Welding 

Thomas J. Davis, Jr. 

Philip J. Miller*** 

Stephen Bradley Slayton 

Cody Heath Woods** 

 

Certificate 

Administrative of Justice – 

Law Enforcement Option 

Nathaniel Patton Herron* 

 

Certificate 

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley** 

 

Certificate 

Clerical Assistant 

Aaron Steele Best*** 

Kevin Ray Cooper II 

Holly Leann Jones 

Ann Lorraine Lane** 

Brandi Cierra Osborne* 

 

Certificate 

General Education 

Carrie Ann Adams** 

Tabitha Leigh Adams 

Nicole Katheryn Aguirre**+ 

Alanah Grace Aldridge***+ 

Eden Ruth Allan* 

Hannah Victoria Austin**+ 

Jessica Jane Balthis 

Caleb Alexander Barnette*+ 

Jennifer Myma Sue Barry* 

Kallie Ann Berry***+ 

Cheyenne Dean Blansett** 

Connor McNeil Blevins**+ 

Madison Danielle Bohnert*+ 

Savannah Lynn Bowen* 

Carrie Briella Boyd**+ 

Dawson Michael Boyd 

Jasmine Nicole Brewer*+ 

Emily Joy Brock**+ 

Caleb Blake Carico*** 

Hannah Brook Carter***+ 

Lakin Danyel Castle 

Roland Jonah Cochrane, Jr.***+ 

Kaylyn Brooke Collier***+ 

Amber Cheyanne Collins* 

Allison Faith Compton 

Cameron Blake Cope 

Colee Shane Cottrell**+ 

Gabriel Addison Counts*** 

James Hunter Crabtree***+ 

Ashley Lynne Cusano***+ 

Bethany Nicole Davis***+ 

Summer Leeann Dean 

Emma Elizabeth Dietz*** 

Melanie Lynn Dotson* 

Alyssa Nichole Dupree***+ 

Rebekah Ann Earwood* 

Zoe Brooke Falin** 

Bronwen Eve Fischer+ 

Emilie Nora France*+ 

Amber Jae Nicole Freeman***+ 

Kristina Leeann Garrison 

Noah James Garrison 

Veronica Marie Gendron** 

Taylor Faith Gentry***+ 

Ashtyn Claire Gibson***+ 

Matthew Seth Gibson 

Stephanie M. Gibson 

Saylor Reece Gilly***+ 

Matthew Phillip Gobble* 

Michael Scott Griffin*** 

Ambria Paula Grace Hagy***+ 

Sydney Faith Hall***+ 

Lauren Brooke Harkleroad***+ 

Ethan Chase Harris***+ 

Lakeisha Lynn Hartsock 

Kelly Tatum Harvel***+ 

Madison Brianne Head**+ 

Nathaniel Thomas Hersel***+ 

Mitchell Blake Holbrook** 

Sagan Michelle Holbrook***+ 

Akyssa Nadae Hollinger*+ 

Alexis Mattison Horton***+ 

Keaton Allen Johnson**+ 

Luke Dean Kirk+ 

Anthony Wayne Kiser, Jr.** 

Nolan Alexander Lamkin 

Jacob Lee Lane 

Ariel G. Lawson** 

Dokken Allen Gage Lawson 

Owen Thalus Lawson**+ 

Summer Marie Lee 

Jessica Gail Manring* 

Jace Andrew Mathis 

Valerie Rose McConnell** 

CheyAnn LaShay McCowan*** 

Elizabeth Grace McReynolds***+ 

Brittany Leigh Meade* 

Krista Rashay Meredith***+ 

Lucas Cole Messer***+ 

Alli Marie Miller** 

Jordan Alexis Moore*** 

Marissa B. Moore* 

Sophia Grace Morgan*** 

Amber Diana Morris 

Brayden Garreth Mozingo*** 

Wallace Mullins III**+ 

Noah Blake Mullins* 

Ashton Faith O’Quinn** 

Landon Brett Page 

Callie Nicole Perkins***+ 

Katherine Delaney Perry***+ 

Larissa Jade Phillips***+ 

Sydney Michelle Phillips**+ 

Regan Olivia Phipps**+ 

Koby Orion Poff***+ 

Desirae Marie Porter 

Bethany Michelle Powers+ 

Charity Lynn Pridemore 

Jaden Timothy Pritchard***+ 

Michael Jesse Pritchett 

Charles Trent Quinn*** 

Raegan Rianna Rasnick***+ 

Hannah Elizabeth Reasor**+ 

Curtis Lee Reece***+ 

Ethan Lee Rhoton 

Elisabeth Ann Roberts***+ 

Hollie Elsa-Beth Rose 

Matthew Eric Rowe 

Elizabeth Nicole Salyers 

Kaylee Faith Sexton* 

Kaleb Andrew Sharrett 

Madison Ruth Leigh Shuler***+ 

Chloe Brooke Smith***+ 

Courtney A. Smith 

Kara Lynn Smith***+ 

Maddison Leann Smith*** 

Summer Lauren Smith**+ 

Caleb Winston Snodgrass 

Amber Savannah Sowards***+ 

Caleb Gideon Zacharaiah Spicer*** 

Sydney Alyssa-Renae Stapleton***+ 

Kathleen Elizabeth Marie Steffey** 

Amelia Morgan Strouth***+ 

Zachary Ryan Strouth 

Skylar Jennings Sturgill*+ 

Sarah Elizabeth Sumpter***+ 

MarShara Nicole Thompson 

Kendra Nicole Maness 

Mckenzie Anne Turner* 

Tyler Jacob Underwood 

Tobin Aric Van Note II 

Loren Oliviah Vermillion***+ 

Santana Lynne Vincent 

Trevor Cayman Wagner***+ 

Joshua Thomas Max Winegar***+ 

Morgan Grace Jesse Woliver** 

Christian Ray Worley***+ 

 

Certificate 

Industrial Maintenance 

Samuel Allen Powers, Jr.** 

 

Certificate 

Legal Office Assisting 

Aaron Steele Best*** 

MaKayla Cheyenne Wilder 

 

Certificate 

Medical Office Coding & Procedures 

Yvonne J. Hiter** 

Chelsea Grace Mann*** 

Lisa Nicole Scott*** 

Kayla Danielle Thatcher 

 

Certificate 

Practical Nursing 

April Dawn Bailey** 

Mikki Ann Blessing 

Randall Scott Bradley 

William Jarred Bush 

Alyssa Faith Clark 

Faye Marie Elkins 

Barbara Alyn Estep 

Stephanie Lynn-Brooke Falin 

Kenzie LeAnn Fleming 

Candlyn Michelle Forton* 

Taylor Mckinzey Fritz* 

Nicholas Ray Guerrant** 

Rachel Leigh Higgins 

Jessica Marie Kawiecki 

Makenzie Faith Kilgore 

Kalli BreeAnne Marcum 

Tiffine Lee McMillan** 

Tasha Lynn Meadows 

Thelma Elizabeth Moore 

Ashley M. Mullins 

Brittany Renee Mullins 

Kaleigh Annabelle Mullins 

Jennifer Annette Nash 

Chasity LeAnn Phillips 

Karrie L. Powers* 

Haley Brooke Ramey 

Maggie Ruth Robinson** 

Monica Michelle Rowan 

Diana Grace Sawyer 

Olivia Tracey Sexton 

Alexis Maclae Stanley 

Deneta Marie Taylor* 

Tanna Marie Whitt** 

 

Certificate 

Welding 

Stephen Bradley Slayton 

Cody Heath Woods** 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

3-D Design 

Donald Ray Bailey 

Tyler Andrew Cole 

Audreyanna Rochelle Easterling 

Philip L Edwards 

Joseph Edward Freeman 

Dakota J. Morelock 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 

Christian Shay Beckman 

Chandler Richard Brickey 

Robert Shane Brown 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley 

Jon A. Pope 

Lex Alexander Reed 

Jacob Matthew Stanley 

Austin Tyler Wells 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Child Development – Infant & Toddler Option 

Kinsley Annamarie Davis 

Kymberly C. Heldreth 

Kimberly Brianna Robinette 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Computer Software Specialist – Mobile Application Development 

Danielle Krystal Lamb 

Kirklyn Patrick Milgrim 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Cybersecurity 

Jason M. Stine 

Career Studies Certificate 

Dental Assistant 

Tiffany Holli Blankenship 

Allison June Brady 

Tessa Gale-Marie Colley 

Katlyn Leann Collins 

Britney Nicole Freeman 

Hailea Shannah Marion Gilliam 

Olivia Raine Hernandez 

Nancy Glynda Marion 

Alyson Morgan 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Early Childhood Development 

Sarah Melody Aguinaga 

Kinsley Annamarie Davis 

Roselyn Marie Gilbert 

Kymberly C. Heldreth 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Electricity 

Christian Shay Beckman 

Jeremy Daniel Cosby 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley 

Colton Glenn Eads 

Rebekah Faith Glass 

Nevin William Haines 

Graham V. Hall 

Caleb Daniel Haynes 

Brian Keith Humphrey 

Adrian Corey Mullins 

Samuel Allen Powers, Jr. 

Lex Alexander Reed 

Chase Dalton Strouth 

Austin Tyler Wells 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic 

Matthew Richard Corbett 

Autumn Brooke Fultz+ 

Lauren Brooke Griffin 

Carrianne Michelle Hanmer Harris 

Jessica Lucinda Hart 

Kaitlyn Marie Hartsock+ 

Ciara Nicole Haynes+ 

Zachary Brandon Helbert 

Kalea Cheri Holland+ 

William Spencer Howard 

Cameron Austin Jenkins 

Alexia Grace Livesay+ 

Halee Kursten McCoskey+ 

Ira Nathaniel Middleton 

Colton Trace Mullins 

Nalani Peters 

Crystal S. Phillips 

Ethan Isaac Routt+ 

Brady Logan Tritt 

Primmel Jackson Wallace 

Tabitha Renee Wallace 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Energy Technology – Electrical Emphasis 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley 

Samuel Allen Powers, Jr. 

Lex Alexander Reed 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Energy Technology- HVAC Emphasis 

Jeffrey Kyle Crumley 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Geographic Information Systems 

Brian Gregory Pearcy 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Health Sciences 

Dakota Cheyenne Adkins 

Samantha Jo Austin 

April Dawn Bailey 

Damon J. Ballard 

Bridget Dianne Bevins 

Angela D. Blankenship 

Callie Madison Blessing 

Madison Grace Boggs 

Caitlin Marie Bradford 

Madison Nicole Castle 

Katelyn Brooke Christian 

Toni Kay Couch 

Tiffany L. Cress 

Melissa Jo Culbertson 

Taylor Marie Darnell 

Courtney Danielle Daugherty 

Hannah Ashton Davis 

Asia Blake Dean 

Barbara Alyn Estep 

Jacob Andrew Falin 

Kenzie LeAnn Fleming 

Melissa S. Freeman 

Taylor G. Fuller 

Hailea Shannah Marion Gilliam 

Britan Abigail Gilly 

Alyssa Anne Gollaway 

Alexandrea Madison Hackney 

Kayla J. Harvey 

Hallie Paige Hembree 

Felisha S. Heranney 

Amanda D. Hopson 

Kristi Renee Hornsby 

Rachel Marie Hubbard 

Hannah Marie Hughes 

Katelyn LaShea Hurlock 

Savannah LeAnn Hylton 

Macarthur David Inbody 

Grace Anna Marie Isbel 

Autumn Marie Johnson 

Kressa Lynn Johnson 

Whitney Nichole Kelly 

Alexander Jagger Kennedy 

Jennifer A. Kennedy 

Briana Jade Kiser 

Keerston Alexus Lovell 

Tonya Renee Lundy 

Hannah Kristen Martin 

Cassandra Suzanne Masters 

Shacodi Rayne Mays 

Kierstien Sharae McCarty 

Stephanie Michelle McCoy 

Lindsay Nicole McNeil 

Marissa Leann Meade 

Tasha Lynn Meadows 

Kayla M. Middleton 

Joy MaKayla Moore 

Ashton Kristina Mullins 

Brittany Renee Mullins 

Jennifer Annette Nash 

Christy Ann Osborne 

Christopher Logan Perry 

Peyton Dale Peters 

Larissa Jade Phillips+ 

Hannah Kate Phipps 

Makayla Ashton Powers 

Carra Lee Rabon 

Evan Bryce Rasnick 

Madalyn Nicole Ratcliffe 

Jessica L. Reed 

Kimberly Denean Robinson 

Courtnee Deneice Rome 

Camrynn Kaylor Russell 

Taylor Elizabeth Salyer 

Channa Alexis Sanders 

Whitney Cheyanne Slemp 

Haley Nicole Smith 

Makayla Brooke Smith 

Tabitha Nicole Smith 

Robin Renee States 

Dawnna Joy Stebbins 

Lynzee Danielle Sturgill 

Caitlin Brooke Summey 

Alexander LonnieJo Thompson 

Angela D. Vanzant 

Savannah Brooke Varney 

Crystal A. Wagner 

Jennilyn Ava Walling 

Tiffany Grace Wampler 

Nathan A. Ward 

Mackenzie Grace Warner 

Emily Nicole Whisman 

Aaron Lowell Williams 

Kelsey Danielle Williams 

Christopher Brian Winston 

Jacob Blake Yates 

Crystal Renea Zeppa 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Law Enforcement Management & Supervision 

Steven B. Boggs 

Bobby W. Edwards 

Kelly R. Fleming 

Rusty A. Hamm 

Kyle Douglas Hayes 

Michael D. Mason 

Michael J. Salyer 

Ryan Seth Vanover 

Bradley S. Williams 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Machinery Maintenance 

Samuel Allen Powers, Jr. 

Andrew John Price 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Medical Receptionist & Transcriptionist 

Sandra Denise Collins 

Lindsey Irene Gibson 

Virginia G. Phillips 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Medical Records Technician 

Virginia G. Phillips 

Nikki Beth Scarberry 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Nursing Assistant 

Joules Lacy Bagienski 

Victoria D. Chestnut 

Alissa Ilene Belle Cleek 

Tiffany L. Cress 

Amber Nichole Crihfield 

Samantha Hope Cupp 

Taylor Marie Darnell 

Alyisa L. Edgar 

Morgan Brooke Elliott 

Tapanga LeighAnn Gillenwater 

Katelyn Louise Hall 

Bryanna Sierria Harris 

Jessica Lucinda Hart 

Taylor Rae Holmes 

Sherrie Lynn Horchak 

Amber Natasha Johnson 

Kressa Lynn Johnson 

Danielle N. Lawson 

Kayla Breanna Leonard 

Haley Morgan Light 

Tonya Renee Lundy 

Haley Noel Martin 

Ira Nathaniel Middleton 

Alyson Morgan 

Jennifer Annette Nash 

Racheal Needham 

Meagan Denise Pettey 

Rachel Evie Reid 

Grace Alexandria Rhoton 

Elisabeth Ann Roberts+ 

Travis Wayne Roberts 

Kaleb Jackson Saez 

Stephanie A. Sampson 

Channa Alexis Sanders 

Seirra S. Smith 

Summer Lauren Smith+ 

Dawnna Joy Stebbins 

Crystal A. Wagner 

Brittany Nichole Worley-Johnson 

Crystal Renea Zeppa 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Pharmacy Technician 

Cierra Alexsis Barker 

Kayla Marie Boggs 

Summer Danielle Bower 

Eden Cecilia Calton 

Raven Jade Cantrell 

Linda A. Cochran 

Rebecca E. Cochran 

Abygail Rachel Eason 

Alyisa L. Edgar 

Caitlin Lace Goins 

Michael A. Hall 

Haleigh Elizabeth Jackson 

Kellie B. Kamplain 

Robin Renee Lynthlin 

Brittany Raschae Phelps 

Karrie L. Powers 

Seirra S. Smith 

Olivia Darlene Taylor 

Sabrina Lynn Taylor  

Briana Paige Triplett 

Sydney Grace Wells 

Elizabeth R. Williams 

Jody Lynn Young 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Phlebotomy 

Carrie Ann Adams 

Darrian Hayley Addington 

Bailee McClain Anderson 

Katherine Nicole Anderson 

Kelly Lee Baker 

Summer Danielle Bower 

Megan Alyssa Call 

Elizabeth Anne Carroll 

Emily Rose Collins 

Morgan Brooke Elliott 

Maegan Gruber-Basenback 

Mary Melissa Hall 

Bryanna Sierria Harris 

Destini Collett Hicks 

Alisha Renna Kern 

Haley Morgan Light 

Robin Renee Lynthlin 

Leighandra Paige McGuire 

Chasity Hope McKinney 

Rebecca N. Pennington 

Vickie Lynn Smith 

Tori Elizabeth Stevens 

Bailee L. Trent 

Megan Paige Wagner 

Sheena M. Woodward 

Jody Lynn Young 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Small Business Management 

Cynthia D. Herron 

Amanda Grace Hughes 

Holly Leann Jones 

Carrie Marie Lund 

David Shannon Vance II 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Software Development I 

Danielle Krystal Lamb 

Marlin Frank McComas, Jr. 

Kirklyn Patrick Milgrim 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Software Development II 

Danielle Krystal Lamb 

Kirklyn Patrick Milgrim 

Sean Andrew Owens 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Water Plant Operator 

LeRoy A. Rice 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Welding Operator 

Clay Allen Barker 

Billy Bryant 

Caleb Allen Coleman 

Jacob Charles Hall 

Christopher Philip Koontz 

Hunter Garrett Parsons 

Peyton Reed Redinger 

Gregory J. Seals 

Timothy Dawson Smith 

Darin Trevor Vaughan 

Cody Heath Woods 

 

GRADUATION WITH HONORS 

 

To be eligible for graduation with honors, a student must have at least the following grade point average and complete an associate degree or certificate: 

 

*Honors (cum laude), 3.2 

**High Honors (magna cum laude), 3.5 

***Highest Honors (summa cum laude), 3.8 
+High school students 
 

Individuals have been designated in the program as honor students based on their grade point average at the completion of the semester prior to the one in which they will graduate. 

 

Individuals have been designated in the program as honor students based on their grade point average at the completion of the semester prior to the one in which they will graduate. 

 
Students wearing gold tassels are honor students. Students wearing gold stoles are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society. 

 

Students wearing red, white, & blue cords are U.S. Military Veterans. 

 

 

MECC’s Cybersecurity Team Ranked 60th in Nation

Macarthur InbodyBig Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Capture the Flag Cybersecurity team finished its season ranking 60th overall out of all Colleges and Universities in the nation and 21st in the Eastern Division.  

The team, which is comprised of students Macarthur Inbody and Staci Fraley, competed against 350 schools. MECC’s team ranked above larger schools in the Eastern U.S. including John Hopkins University, New York University, Radford University, and Northern Virginia Community College. The competition includes challenges based on networking, ethical hacking, computer forensics, computer programming, software vulnerabilities, log file manipulation, social engineering, and more.

“We are extremely proud of the amazing performance of MECC’s Cybersecurity Team in the final season rankings, particularly as this is the Team’s inaugural season,” said MECC President Kristen Westover. “Macarthur and Staci put in many hours of effort resulting in their extraordinary outcomes.”

In the team game, MECC’s CTF team “The Transcendentalists”, reached an overall ranking of 104th out of 738 teams competing. MECC competed in the gold bracket during the team game designated for the top 15% of players overall. MECC’s national ranking can be viewed at https://cyberskyline.com/data/power-ranking/spring-2020-national. MECC’s Eastern ranking can be viewed at https://cyberskyline.com/data/power-ranking/spring-2020-eastern.Staci Fraley

In the individual game, MECC’s Macarthur Inbody placed 57th overall while competing in the gold bracket. MECC’s Staci Fraley placed 922nd overall and in 361st place while competing in the silver bracket. The gold bracket is designated for the top 15% of all players, and the silver bracket is designated for the next 35% of players(aka top 50% overall). An estimated 3,461 players competed in the individual game. Individual statistics can be viewed at https://cyberskyline.com/hosted_events/ncl-spring-2020.

For more information on MECC’s Cybersecurity Program or the Capture the Flag Cybersecurity Team, please contact CTF Coach and Assistant Professor of Cybersecurity Ritchie Deel at 276.523.2400 ext. 444 or at rdeel@mecc.edu

Mountain Empire Community College to Offer Free Drone Operator/GIS Classes

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College will offer free online courses in unmanned aircraft systems (UAS) and geographic information systems (GIS) during its Summer 2020 semester.

MECC, in partnership with Virginia’s Department of Housing and Community Development and its Community Development Block Grant program designed to bolster UAS training in Southwest Virginia, is offering full tuition assistance for its UMS 107 and GIS 210 courses during its summer semester. Students have the option to enroll in either class or both classes, and the classes will be delivered entirely online in keeping with mandated COVID-19 safety measures.  

The UMS 107 course, titled “Small Unmanned Aircraft Systems (sUAS) Remote Pilot Ground School,” trains students in a variety of drone-related topics including FAA regulations, optimizing performance and maintenance. The course also prepares students for the FAA’s Remote Pilot Certificate, which permits drone operators to use their skills for commercial purposes. Since MECC began its UAS program in 2015, 94 percent of students who took the FAA examination received a passing score on their first attempt. Those interested in enrolling in UMS 107 can visit www.mecc.edu/drone or contact Instructor Fred Coeburn at fcoeburn@mecc.edu.  

GIS 210, titled “Understanding Geographic Data,” trains students on how to obtain and survey aerial data, and they will also become familiar with modern software tools like ESRI ArcMap (used to view and analyze geospatial data) and Google Earth. As MECC GIS Instructor Jake Gilly notes, the offering of these two courses in tandem at no cost is a benefit to MECC’s service region. “Our quickly changing world is making it more imperative that we know our surroundings and the information that defines them,” Gilly says. “Students who receive training simultaneously in drone operations and GIS will be able to keep pace with the latest technology out there.” Those interested in enrolling in GIS 210 can contact Gilly at jgilly@mecc.edu.       

Potential students wishing to enroll in either course can visit www.mecc.edu/apply and are advised to do so by June 1. For eligibility requirements regarding tuition assistance, please contact Grant Coordinator Ashvin Raj at 276-523-2400 (ext.261) or at araj@mecc.edu

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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 the Commonwealth Calendar no later than 5pm on May 13, 2020.

The State Board will consider mandatory fee increases of between 0 percent and 2.2 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to provisions of the 2020 session of the General Assembly. The community colleges will use revenue generated from any increases in mandatory fees to pay for contractual obligations, debt service, and proposed adjustments to student fees.

Public comment will be received at the meeting following approval of minutes of the preceding meeting and prior to committee reports. The public comment session will be available by via a virtual meeting, the location of which will be posted to the Commonwealth Calendar.

Individuals who wish to speak to the Board must notify, or provide written comment, to the Office of the Chancellor at least 5 working days prior to the scheduled meeting by emailing rmowen@vccs.edu.

All remarks before the State Board for Community Colleges must be matters germane and relevant to the agenda of the day.

MECC’s Cybersecurity Teams Succeed on National Stage

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College’s “Capture the Flag” (CTF) team, comprised of cybersecurity students, has placed second out of all Virginia community colleges and 18th out of 185 teams in the nation at two recent competitive events.

MECC’s CTF team for these events were students Macarthur Inbody (captain), Staci Fraley, Danielle Lamb, Noah Sturgill, Nathaniel Mullins and Shane Strong. Assistant Professor Ritchie Deel, who oversees MECC’s cybersecurity program, served as faculty mentor.

The team participated in two recent national CTF competitions—Radford University’s “RUSecure” competition and the National Cyber League’s (NCL) “Spring Season” contest. In the RUSecure event, MECC placed ahead of all other teams in the Southwest Virginia bracket, finishing second out of all Virginia community colleges and 18th out of 185 teams nationally. As a result, MECC was one of 30 teams invited to Radford’s campus to compete in the final “championship round” that was to be held in early April. Unfortunately, that event was cancelled due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

In the NCL individual competition, held April 3 – April 5, Inbody placed in the 92nd percentile (out of 657 participants) in the tournament’s highest “Gold” bracket. Fraley placed in the 76th percentile (out of 1,536 participants) in the “Silver” bracket and Sturgill competed in the “Bronze” bracket. Bracket assignments were based on each student’s performance in preliminary rounds.

CTFs are competitions that test teams’ ability to solve challenges that relate to the cybersecurity industry. With each challenge solved, a team acquires a “flag,” and the team with the most flags by the end of a competition is named the winner.

CTFs are becoming more common throughout the country as the cybersecurity industry expands rapidly, and employers often use them to find and recruit talent. Both the RUSecure and NLC events were open to all high school and college teams in the country, and their online formats allowed competitors to participate from their homes provided they had access to a computer and a working internet connection.

MECC offers a Cybersecurity Career Studies Program that can be completed in one year. Those interested in enrolling in the program can visit www.mecc.edu/pathways/cyber-security or contact Ritchie Deel at 276.523.2400 ext. 444.

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MECC Health Information Management Program Earns National Accreditation

HIM Student Amber Wallace and HIM Instructor Sabrina Ward

(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 in 2013 through an initial grant through HRSA, Health Resources and Services Administration. The program has maintained consistent enrollment, with more than 40 program graduates thus far. Graduates of the HIM program are eligible to sit for the Registered Health Information Technician certification offered only by the American Health Information Management Association (AHIMA). 

To achieve accreditation status, institutions must develop a program that meets the professional curriculum content and the quality of the program as measured by the American Health Information Management Association Academic Standards. Program administrators must ensure that the program is sustainable per its resource and needs assessment. The program must be developed to ensure stability professionally and financially. The HIM program at Mountain Empire Community College is the only accredited program for HIM in Southwest Virginia.

In addition, CAHIIM accredited programs must have a program director and at least one full time faculty who have earned the professional certification of Registered Health Information Administrator (RHIA). Program Director Nora Blankenbecler and Instructor Sabrina Ward have earned and maintain RHIA status and together have led the effort to apply for national accreditation through CAHIIM. The HIM program is governed by an advisory committee consisting of health information and health informatics leaders from regional hospital networks, a national healthcare software company and ambulatory care practice administrators.

“Accreditation of the HIM program at MECC demonstrates the focus we put on our students and the success they are looking for in their careers,” said Blankenbecler. “The program has already had a significant impact that has changed students’ lives.”

Health information management is the practice of managing medical information and data vital to providing quality patient care, sound fiscal management of medical resources, and data governance that support confidentiality of protected health information. Management of this data includes acquisition, analysis, and protection of digital and traditional types of information.

“The award of CAHIIM accreditation status provides assurances to the our students and employers that MECC meets high quality standards in the production and delivery of its Health Information Management Associate Degree program,” added MECC President Kristen Westover.

For more information on MECC’s Health Information Management program, visit www.mecc.edu/healthinformationmanagement or call Nora Blankenbecler, Program Director, at 276.523. 2400 ext. 241.

For more information on MECC or the Title III grant, visit the college’s website at www.mecc.edu or contact the college’s Office of Public Relations at 276.523.7480.

 

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MECC Staff Producing Face Shields for Area Medical Personnel

Jake Gilley face Shield

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 makeshift manufacturing center to produce the masks with two 3-D printers working simultaneously.
Gilly, who had already brought one 3-D printer to his home in order to teach classes online this semester, launched a partnership with Streamworks in Kingsport to download a face shield template and start producing the masks this week. He’s joined a regional effort by Eastman, Ballad Health, Northeast State, East Tennessee State University, UVA-Wise and others to support medical personnel through 3-D printing capabilities.  

Two other MECC staff, Kody Witt and Courtney Hay, have also joined the effort, working from home.

“We’re printing the head pieces for the face shields,” Gilly said. “We will send these to Streamworks to distribute to Ballad Health locally. It takes an hour and twenty minutes to print one, and I have two printers going right now. I was able to make 10 last night. It’s our hope that we can supply hundreds for this effort.”
Gilly noted that Prusa3D, one of the biggest 3-D print companies, has provided open source templates for 3-D printers to use.  MECC already had supplies ordered to support classroom instruction for the spring and summer. Gilly said he has shifted those supplies to produce the needed masks and is incorporating the process into his online instruction.
We want to help them get as many as we can,” said Gilly. “I’m thankful that we can help and honored to work with such great people.” 
For more information on Mountain Empire Community College or the 3-D printing program, please visit www.mecc.edu or call the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480.

MECC Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break

Alterantive Spring Break 2020

 

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 in need. Over the course of four days, the team worked in the ReStore retail store processing donations, put up soffit along the porch ceiling, measured and installed j channel and utility strip along the front porch, began the siding work on the front porch, and did some painting and installed shelving for the local community center.

The MECC students who participated were: Madison Childress, Cameron Cope, Zoe Falin, Amelia Strouth, and Yijia Wang. Students applied for the team during the Fall 2019 semester and were invited to participate in the service trip, which took place from March 8-13, 2020 during MECC’s Spring Break. Zoe Falin said of her experience: “Alternative Spring Break was a life-changing and eye opening experience. It taught me that giving back can be fun.” The team got to work with volunteers from Siena College and St. Louis University and learned valuable skills from the Habitat Berkeley professional construction crew.

The MECC team worked hard all week, but managed to find some time for fun activities as well. The team sampled some cuisine that many had never tried before, walked along Folly Beach, and visited a Chinese New Year lantern exhibit at the Magnolia Plantation Gardens. Cameron Cope summed up the week: “The opportunity to serve others while also learning life skills, building personal relationships, and experiencing unforgettable memories is one I’ll cherish forever.”

For more information regarding MECC’s Alternative Spring Break or other student activities, please contact Kari Paschetto, Great Expectations and Student Activities Coordinator, at 276.523.2400 ext. 422.

MECC’s “Capture the Flag” (CTF) team has advanced to the final round of Radford University’s annual “RU Secure” national CTF competition.

MECC’s “Capture the Flag” (CTF) team has advanced to the final round of Radford University’s annual “RU Secure” national CTF competition. The “redFoxes” achieved the highest score of any college or high school in the Southwest Virginia category, qualifying them for the competition’s final round per contest rules. Overall, the team finished 18th out of 185 competing teams, and they also finished ahead of all but one VCCS college. CTFs are online challenges that test teams’ ability to solve challenges that relate to the cybersecurity industry. With each challenge solved, a team acquires a “flag,” and the team with the most flags by the end of the competition is named the winner. CTFs are becoming more common throughout the country as the cybersecurity industry expands rapidly, and employers often use them as way to assess and recruit talent.

The MECC “redFoxes” are comprised of MECC students Macarthur Inbody (captain), Danielle Lamb, Noah Sturgill, Nathaniel Mullins, and Jonathan (Shane) Strong. The team is coached by Associate Professor Ritchie Deel. MECC is proud to support the “redFoxes” as they prepare for the championship round that will take place online in April (original plans to hold the competition onsite at Radford University have been amended due to national health concerns).

Update on MECC preparations for COVID-19 outbreak

Dear Mountain Empire College Community,

I want to be sure to keep you abreast of the latest news and decisions regarding COVID-19 and the potential spread of the virus. As of March 11, 2020 at 5:00 PM, there were 9 confirmed cases of COVID-19 in Virginia. The Virginia Governor’s Office confirmed this morning that all 9 of those cases can be traced to a source such as foreign travel, and those infected did not contract the virus through sustained community transmission. At this time, the Virginia Department of Health and the Virginia Department of Emergency Management have both reported that there are no cases of sustained community transmission of COVID-19 in Virginia. The Governor has not declared an emergency. Tennessee saw its first reported case of COVID-19 on March 6th, and has less than 10 confirmed cases at this time. Kentucky also has at least 8 confirmed cases of COVID-19.

This afternoon, Northern Virginia Community College, Germanna Community College, The University of Virginia, and UVA- Wise made the difficult decisions to either suspend coursework and/or move coursework online. This is an option MECC may need to exercise in the future, and we are preparing our services and campus for this possibility. Our campus demographics do not mirror these institutions.  We are not in Northern Virginia; we do not have dorms, nor do we have a significant population of international students. We plan to continue to be hyper-vigilant in promoting COVID-19 protocols, monitor the situation and continue to plan for a disruption in courses and services with the Emergency Management Team.

While this news is not cause for panic, we must continue to be diligent in preparing for a possible regional outbreak. Please continue to prevent the spread of infectious disease through adherence to CDC infection control protocols such as handwashing, hygiene and household sanitation. This is a rapidly evolving issue. Facts about the status of the virus, what we know about it, CDC guidance on best practices and the number of people impacted are all changing hour to hour. MECC’s Administration and Emergency Management Team are monitoring the situation closely and will keep you informed via email, campus alerts, our website and social media outlets if there is a decision to change MECC operations.

 

Stay Healthy!

Kristen Westover, Ed.D.

President, Mountain Empire Community College

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 School, “The Wraith” Second Place: Olive Jeffery, Union Middle School, “The Dreaming Champion” Third Place: Leylah Hamilton, a homeschool student, “All in a Lifetime”

High School Short Story

First Place: Claire Childress, a homeschool student, “Celebrity Happiness” Second Place: Shelby Ann Peace, Union High School, “Like a Bat” Third Place: Emily Katelin Mae Hall, Central High School, “The Empress of Malatonia”

Adult Category Short Story

First Place: Donita Ratliff Kennedy, of Kingsport, “Sitting Up with the Dead” Second Place: Greg Sturgill, of Wise, “Red and Milky White” Third Place: Kelly Pilkenton, of Norton, “An Automatonomatic Fear”

 

Middle School Poetry

First Place: Kiarah Hamilton, a home school student, “Dreams Keep You Alive” Second Place: Rachel Mullins, Ridgeview Middle School, “Infinite Imagination” Third Place: Lauren Wood, Ridgeview Middle School, “Dear Shakespeare”

High School Poetry

First Place: Emily Kaitlin Mae Hall, Central High School, “In My Wildest Dreams” Second Place: Ethen Roberts, Sullivan Central High School, “Misspelled” Third place: Noah Smith, a homeschool student, “The Men of Culloden”

Adult Poetry

First Place: McKenzie Templeton, of Gate City, “Snowflakes” Second Place: Eboni Hamilton, of Big Stone Gap, “A Deer in the Headlights” Third Place: Donna Hamilton, of Church Hill, “The Girl and the Balloon”

For more information on the MECC Foundation, please visit our website at www.meccfoundation.org.

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 Lonesome Pine Community Outreach Fund, has provided more than $30,000 and supported hundreds of nursing students in their efforts to obtain their licensure.

“These scholarships are a direct result of the foresight by the Lonesome Pine Hospital Board members who created this fund when Lonesome Pine Hospital joined the Wellmont Health System, and later on, Ballad Health. The goal was and is to improve the health and wellness of the people in our area. Supporting students who are employees of Ballad Health in their quest to obtain their education is critical to improving the health of our community, ” said Mike Allen, Chair of the Lonesome Pine Hospital Board.

“This is a good example of a wonderful partnership between MECC and the health providers that the college serves,” said MECC President Kristen Westover.  “These scholarships will benefit Ballad Health and MECC, but most of all, they will benefit students.  We are very grateful to our partners at Lonesome Pine Hospital for their generosity.”

For more information on MECC’s Registered Nursing program, please contact Kim Dorton, MECC’s Dean of Health Sciences, at kdorton@mecc.edu or 276.523.7456. For more information on the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, visit www.meccfoundation.org or call 276.523.2400 ext. 466. 

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

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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 ITN 260 and ITN 261 will feel most comfortable with the material. Additional information can be found at www.nationalcyberleague.org. If interested, please contact Ritchie Deel (rdeel@mecc.edu) or Ashvin Raj (araj@mecc.edu) by March 10 so that they can register you. There are only eight slots available for this event.     

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, Caden Gibson, Nathaniel Herron, Kobe Johnson, Samantha Sizemore, and Amber Stidham.

BEN HUR: Madison Johnson.

BIG STONE GAP: Erin Austin, Jesse Austin, Kirsten Barker, Amber Boring, Victoria Chestnut, Caitlyn Clymer, Jacob Coomer, Emma Dietz, Alyssa Dupree, Rebekah Earwood, Christina Gibson, Saylor Gilly, Jacob Goodman, Nicholas Guerrant, Lauren Harkleroad, Emily Hurd, Jacob Legg, Keerston Lovell, Billy McMillan, Tiffine McMillan, Noah Moneyhun, Samantha Owens, Madalyn Ratcliffe, Elizabeth Rock, Tiffany Seals, Crystal Sexton, Madison Shuler, and Megan Wagner.

BIRCHLEAF: Kayla Combs.

BLACKWATER: Katherine Anderson.

BRISTOL, VA: Matthew Sullivan.

CASTLEWOOD: Olivia Powers and Selena Powers.

CLINCHCO: Mary Bise, Cheyenne Blansett, and Makenzie Robinette.

CLINTWOOD: Christy Edwards, Emily Elswick, Max Fletcher, Noah Mullins, Trenton Robinson, and Tabitha Wallace.

COEBURN: Gabrielle Beverly, Connor Blevins, Mitchell Holbrook, Monica Light, Justin Palmer, Charity Pridemore, Zachary Rose, Kevin Smith, Seirra Smith, Tori Stevens, Justin Wade, and Aaron Williams.

DANTE: Anthony Kiser.

DRYDEN: Jonnie Mullins, Hannah Phillips, Hannah Reasor, and Kayla Thatcher.

DUFFIELD: Jacob Stanley, Christie Baker, Seth Berry, Matthew Gibson, Nevin Haines, Travis Harless, Ryan McDavid, Hank Middleton, Brian Pearcy, Christian Sayers, Brandon Statzer, Logan Tomlinson, Dominic Webb, and Chloe Young.

DUNGANNON: Natalie Adams, Lauren Duncan, and Mary Hensley.

EOLIA, KY: Emily Brock and Logan Sturgill.

ERMINE, KY: Joshua Ferris.

EWING: Seth Zumbrum.

FT. BLACKMORE: Bailey Butler, Taylor Darnell, and Kara Smith.

GATE CITY: Taylor Blevins, Landon Fletcher, Ashton Ford, Kadmiel Gardner, Valerie McConnell, William Painter, Lindsay Starnes, and Jonathan Strong.

HAYSI: Raegan Lamkin and Quinlan Turner.

HILTONS: Phyllis McGlothlin.

JOHNSON CITY, TN: Beckwith Callaham.

JONESVILLE: Bailee Chadwell, Caleb Coleman, Aleigha Cope, Asia Dean, Wesley Gilliam, Kalee Hibbard, Jonah Hilton, April Kolb, Aren Lambert, Michael Rutledge, and Andrew Sanders.

KINGSPORT, TN: Piper Banks, Elisabeth Roberts, and Shyanne Van Heel.

NICKELSVILLE: Amber Collins, Mckenna Dean, Mahalia Kinsler, Zachary Lane, Gerald McConnell, Frank Miano, Peyton Peters, Aubrey Powers, Victoria Quillen, Mary Ramsey, and Mackenzie Warner.

NORTON: Summer Bower, Mark Caruso, Kaden Fisher, Michael Gilliam, Ronald Gilliam, Nathaniel Herron, Elijah Lovell, Kaylei Miller, Sydney Phillips, Heather Phipps, and Jacqueline Rose.

PENNINGTON GAP: Andrew Barrier, Cameron Byington, Eden Calton, Jim Clark, Chasity Russell, Lisa Scott, and Alexander Stafford.

POUND: David Brummitte, Hannah Carter, Tanzania Earl, Bryanna Harris, and Amber Quillen.

ROSE HILL: Darien Cottrell, Brian Humphrey, and Tyler Hunley.

ST. PAUL: Brandon Armistead.

WEBER CITY: Tapanga Gillenwater, Seth Lucas, and Jamie Watts.

WISE: Buffy Bell, Emily Daugherty, Ericka Fisher, John Hines, Meghan Lovelace, Tristan Miller, Pausha Mullins, Karrie Powers, Makayla Powers, Kayla Roberts, Peyton Rogers, Jason Stine, and Loretta Wampler.

 

 

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College President’s List for the fall 2019 semester. Students are eligible for the President’s List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.

 

ABINGDON: Savannah Brooks.

APPALACHIA: Ethan Bowman, Madison Head, Nathaniel Mullins, Racheal Needham, Christian Worley, and Brittany Worley-Johnson.

BIG STONE GAP: Ashley Cusano, Kali Durham, Zoe Falin, Krystina Gangl, Britan Gilly, Sydney Hall, Ethan Harris, Nathaniel Hersel, Taylor Hillman, David Kelley, Christopher Koontz, Danielle Lamb, Brooke Light, Michael Martin, Krista Meredith, Lisa Milanese, Sophia Morgan, Brayden Mozingo, Larissa Phillips, Koby Poff, Sydney Stapleton, Jared Sullivan, and Trevor Wagner.

BIRCHLEAF: Raegan Rasnick.

BLACKWATER: Yvonne Hiter and Joshua Winegar.

BRISTOL, VA: Holly Jones.

CASTLEWOOD: Allison Compton.

CHURCH HILL, TN: Michaela Franklin, Ashtyn Gibson, and Brooklyn Smith.

CLINCHCO: CheyAnn McCowan.

CLINTWOOD: Kalianna Brooks, Emily Browning, Tammy Cochran, Gabriel Counts, Nicholas Cox, Bethany Davis, Hannah Flint, Carson Fuller, Dawson Hillyer, Jordan Moore, Selena Moore, Brycen Mullins, Haley Mullins, Michael Porter, Ashley Ramey, Ryan Reynolds, and Amelia Strouth.

COEBURN: Tyler Bright, Caleb Carico, Hannah Davis, Amber Freeman, Anthony Freeman, James Kilgore, Jonathan Lawson, Elizabeth McReynolds, Kirklyn Milgrim, Whitney Mooney, Katherine Perry, Kaylee Sexton, Shannon Smith, and Hope Stidham.

DANTE: Ayden Vitatoe.

DRYDEN: Colt Muncy, Brandon Smith, and Tori Travis.

DUFFIELD: Morgan Baker, Aaron Best, Savannah Bowen, Hayden Dean, Janis Garrett, Alexis Horton, Preston McElyea, Caitlin Summey, Lydia Tankersley, Darin Vaughan, and Makayla Ward.

DUNGANNON: Christopher Oaks.

EAST STONE GAP: Raven Cantrell, Hannah Carter, Staci Fraley, and Aki Godsey.

EWING: Peyton Redinger.

FT. BLACKMORE: Kert Gibson and Michael Griffin.

GATE CITY: Kasey Barber, Elizabeth Barnett, Kallie Berry, Abigail Bledsoe, Marissa Canter, Faith Church, Dylon Clark, Macy Dishner, Jason Fields, Ambria Hagy, Destiny Hatfield, Samantha Jerrell, Avery Johnson, Elizabeth Jones, Caroline Musick, Hailey Musick, Hanna Musick, Brandi Osborne, Aubrie Penley, Teresa Phillips, Madison Pierce, Kendal Quillen, Charles Quinn, Lex Reed, Luke Reed, Chloe Smith, Caleb Spicer, Makenzie Stallard, Chase Templeton, Amanda Vermillion, Loren Vermillion, and Abby Williams.

HAYSI: Brandy Presley, Kloe Rife, and Shellby Rose.

HILTONS: Carter Babb and Ava Seagle.

JONESVILLE: Jerry Allen, Madison Combs, Heriberto Donato, Sarah Graham, Jordan Hampton, Kelly Harvel, Caleb Haynes, Timothy Long, Abigail Middleton, Noah Middleton, Callie Perkins, Madison Phipps, Sarah Sumpter, Alexis Turner, Allison Wilson, and Tanya Woodard.

KEOKEE: Sheena Bloomer.

KINGSPORT, TN: Tara Adams, Breanna Bernard, and Baylie Jones.

MT. CARMEL, TN: Jonathan Compton.

NICKELSVILLE: Jared Helbert, Cynthia Herron, Amber McConnell, and Whitney White.

NORA: Amanda O’Quinn.

NORTON: Roland Cochrane, Laken Culbertson, Morgan Fawbush, Alanna Gray, Blake Hammonds, Kelsey Lawson, Lucas Messer, Maggie Moore, Zoe Niece, Jackson Orr, Kelly Pilkenton, Jaden Pritchard, Caelen Robinette, Adran Smith, Bailey Sturgill, Davina Vanover, Tammy Ward, and Aidan Wells.

PENNINGTON GAP: Alanah Aldridge, Jacob Bledsoe, Kaylee Glascoe, Noah Harber, Mary Litton, Lisa Penix, Curtis Reece, Gregory Seals, Michael Snodgrass, Matthew Spears, Jacob Whitaker, and Morgan Woliver.

POUND: Carrie Adams, Andrea Anunson, Hunter Grant, Alexa Lester, Sadra Mullins, Wallace Mullins, Christian Rose, Maddison Smith, Amber Sowards, Benjamin Stallard, Kathleen Steffey, Adrianna Sturgill, Yijia Wang, and Qing Yang. WEBER CITY: Kaylyn Collier.

WISE: Celeste Aguinaga, Nicole Aguirre, Olivia Basham, Tina Beaver, Joshua Church, Sandra Collins, Taylor Gentry, Brittany Gibson, Maegan Gruber-Basenback, Sagan Holbrook, Tyler Hopkins, Shona Josey, James Kinser, Emily Mullins, Izah Qureshi, Casey Sexton, and Noah Sturgill.

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 a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).

The course will include an orientation to the basics of college life at MECC. Students will be able to learn how to find offices and classes on campus, use online learning tools, and MECC email. Career counseling sessions will also be included so that students can learn more about program offerings that best fit their interests.

The course will cover computer basics including using Word and saving documents to flash drives. Students will also focus on math and English. Students will be able to freshen up on important basics that will help them take or retake the math and English placement tests.

 The Spring Quick Start program will be offered:

Tuesday and Thursday afternoons (2:15 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.) February 11 – March 5

  • February 11 & 13  – Orientation and Campus Information

  • February 18 & 20 – Computer Skills

  • February 25 – English Skills

  • February 27 & March 3 – Career Exploration and College Success Skills 

  • March 5 – Math Skills

For more information or to register for Quick Start, Contact Beth Boggs, Career & Transfer Counselor, bboggs@mecc.edu; 276-523-7438 or visit our website: www.mecc.edu/quickstart.

Mountain Empire Community College will hold a Career & Transfer Fair

Career & Transfer FairBig Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will hold a Career & Transfer Fair on Wednesday, February 5 from noon to 3 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 or transfer requirements; learn about job placement services or internships; discuss the opportunities that may be available to you; learn about your marketability; talk to employers about job openings; and speak with transfer representatives about course requirements.

Even those who are not immediately seeking employment have plenty to learn from the Career & Transfer Fair. Representatives can provide valuable insight to what employers are looking for when screening new hires. This insight can assist students and community members in refining their resumes and help them know which skills to focus on improving. Those attending are invited to bring copies of their resume and be prepared to complete job applications for those representatives that may be hiring. Transfer institutions will be available to speak to current students or recent graduates about admissions requirements and program options. 

For more information on MECC’s Career & Transfer Fair, contact Beth Boggs, Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.2400 ext. 324 or bboggs@mecc.edu, or visit www.mecc.edu/career-services.

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, will be matched up to $30,000.

The dinner will be held Friday, February 14 at 6 p.m., in the Goodloe Center at Mountain Empire Community College. There will be a silent auction, along with delicious food and beverages from North Fork Catering Company in Weber City. Wine will be available for purchase from MountainRose Vineyards and Winery in Wise. It will be an exciting event that you will not want to miss!

To purchase tickets, or serve as an event sponsor, please visit www.meccfoundation.org/lcfund or call Jeri Bledsoe, MECC Foundation Annual Fund Coordinator, at 276.523.2400 ext. 287. For more information on the MECC Foundation, call the Foundation office at 276.523.7466, or visit online at www.meccfoundation.org.

Nominations Sought for 2020 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award

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Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the 2020 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award, which 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 who have completed at least one class at MECC are eligible to be nominated and considered for the award. Self-nominations are also welcome. Current members of the MECC Local Advisory and Foundation Boards of Directors, current faculty and staff of the college, and members of the MECC Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee are not eligible to receive the award.

The nomination form is available online at the MECC website, www.mecc.edu or at the MECC Foundation website, www.meccfoundation.org. There is no limit to the number of nominations that one may submit. The deadline for nominations for the 2020 Outstanding Alumnus Award is February 28, 2020.

A subcommittee of the MECC Alumni Advisory Committee will select the winner of the award and the winner will be announced at the annual Scholars’ Recognition Night banquet to be held in March.

For questions, please contact Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation office at 276-523-2400, extension 287, or at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

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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 Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall. 

In coordination with the festival event, the MECC Foundation will host the 33rd Annual Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest and the 16th Annual Lonesome Pine Poetry Contest. The deadline for submitting entries is Thursday, February 20 at 4:30 p.m. Entry categories include adult, high school (grades 9 through 12), and middle school (grades 5 through 8) categories.  Contest rules are available on the MECC Foundation website at www.mecc.edu/jffestivalWinners of the contest will be announced during the Literary Festival Event.

SilasSilas House is the New York Times-bestselling author of six novels, including his first, Clay’s Quilt (2001), now considered a foundational text in Appalachian literature, and his most recent, Southernmost (2018), which was long-listed for the Carnegie Medal for Excellence in Fiction and won awards including the Weatherford Prize for Fiction.

House is a member of the Fellowship of Southern Writers and a former commentator for NPR’s “All Things Considered”.  His writing appears frequently in The New York Times and Salon and has been published in TimeEcotoneGarden and GunOxford American, and many other places.  House is a native of Eastern Kentucky and teaches at Berea College and in the Spalding School of Writing.

Books will be available to purchase and for author signing.  The John Fox, Jr. Festival will be followed by a reservation-only luncheon with the featured speaker at the John Fox, Jr. Museum in Big Stone Gap.  Tickets for the luncheon are $25 per person and reservations can be made by calling the MECC Foundation office at 276.523.7466.

 

For more information on the MECC Foundation, please visit our website at www.meccfoundation.org.  

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MECC’s “Capture the Flag” (CTF) team finished 12th out of 326 competing teams in Radford University’s annual “RU Secure” CTF competition.

MECC’s “Capture the Flag” (CTF) team finished 12th out of 326 competing teams from universities and high schools across the country in Radford University’s annual “RU Secure” CTF competition. CTFs are online challenges that test teams’ ability to solve challenges that relate to the cybersecurity industry. With each challenge solved, a team acquires a “flag,” and the team with the most flags by the end of the competition is named the winner. CTFs are becoming more common throughout the country as the cybersecurity industry expands rapidly, and employers often use them as way to assess and recruit talent.

The “redFoxes” team is comprised of MECC students Macarthur Inbody (captain), Danielle Lamb, Noah Sturgill, Nathaniel Mullins, and Jonathan (Shane) Strong. The team is coached by Assistant Professor Ritchie Deel. MECC is proud to support the “redFoxes” in its quest to finish among the top seven teams (qualifying round in March 2020) so that they can earn a spot in the final round, held on Radford’s campus, in April 2020.

MECC Foundation Announces Debra Rene Greene Memorial Endowed Scholarship

Debra GreeneBig 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 father, following Debra’s death in June 2019. Charles felt privileged to have witnessed the academic achievements and contributions of his daughter despite early onset kidney failure shortly after her graduation from J.J. Kelly High School in 1984.

Debra was a 29-year kidney transplant survivor having received her donor kidney from her uncle, Dennis Greene. Despite this obstacle she received her Associate Degree from Mountain Empire Community College in 1993 and her Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work from Virginia Intermont College in 1996. She served eleven years as Guidance Counselor at the Flatwoods Job Corps in Coeburn, Virginia positively influencing many young lives as evidenced by their fond remembrance of her.

Debra was also a born-again Christian and attended Bethel Chapel Freewill Baptist Church. She was an inspiration to all who knew her, always offering a warm smile, a cheerful greeting, and an uplifting faith in Jesus Christ. She loved to laugh and to have others laugh with her bringing joy to their lives.

Gifts in honor of Debra can be made to the Debra Rene Greene Memorial Scholarship, Mountain Empire Community College Foundation, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219 or online at www.meccfoundation.org. Please list the scholarship name in the gift memo.

The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation supports the mission of Mountain Empire Community College by providing scholarships and funding for student success programs, professional development for faculty, and cultural programs for the community. The Foundation supports more than $300,000 in scholarships annually.

For more information regarding scholarships or to establish a scholarship, please contact the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation at 276.523.7466 or visit www.meccfoundation.org.

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Dr. Kristen Westover Fund Established at MECC

Westover Portrait Chromatics09-25-2018 proofBig 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 development, recognition and learning tools. Dr. Westover, who has served as President of MECC since July 1, 2017, has established a Leadership Academy at MECC for staff and is developing a leadership training for students as well.  

  Additional contributions to the fund are welcome. All gifts to the President Kristen Westover Fund are fully tax-deductible. Should any funds remain after Dr. Westover’s presidency, they will be available to future presidents to use for the same purpose as indicated by the donor.   

 I am extremely appreciative to my amazingly supportive family for establishing this Fund,” said Dr. Westover. “We recognize the challenges students face in accessing and completing college, the challenges faculty face in ensuring their skills and knowledge are relevant in today’s rapidly changing environment, and the burden of the expense of funding professional development. This fund will also provide resources to help build and strengthen current and future leaders through support of the employee and student leadership programs offered by MECC.”  

 The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation supports the mission of Mountain Empire Community College by providing scholarships and funding for student success programs, professional development for faculty, and cultural programs for the community.  

 For more information regarding scholarships or to establish a scholarship, please contact the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation at 276.523.7466 or visit www.meccfoundation.org 

 

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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 1st place. In addition, Danielle Lamb, Jonathan (Shane) Strong, and Noah Moneyhun respectively earned 3rd, 4th, and 5th place out of a field of over 60 participants. MECC would like to congratulate these students and all other participating MECC students for their success and hard work during this event. Also appreciated is the dedication of MECC faculty Terri Lane and Ritchie Deel, who served as faculty mentors for this competition.

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 of all students in Scott County that choose to attend college in Virginia, attend MECC. This scholarship will provide opportunities for those students to reach their educational and career goals while lessening the financial burden of families.

The Scott County Endowed Scholarship Fundraiser was held at Crooked River Farm in Hiltons, featuring renowned musicians Wayne Henderson and the late Helen White as well as the Jeff Little Trio. Catering was provided by North Fork Catering in Weber City. A silent auction was also held.

Major sponsors for the event included David & Annette Templeton, owners of Crooked River Farm, and Courtesy Chevrolet. Additional sponsors include Mark & Judy Musick, Humphreys Enterprises, Jack & Martha Rhoton, New Peoples Bank, R-Mac Realty, Eastman Credit Union, Powell Valley National Bank, Komatsu, Scott County Telephone Cooperative, the Town of Gate City, Cox Tractor, Athletics Unlimited, Dr. Bill Fuller, David Jackson & Associations, CPA, Egan Construction, Aldebaran Financial Services, Otis Rhoton & Food City. 

Silent auction items were provided by Nora Blankenbecler, Bristol Rhythm & Roots Festival, Bristol Motor Speedway, CK Salon, Cattails at Meadowview, Made by Hands Flora. David J. Clapp – The Art of Photography, Lonesome Pine Country Club, Jennifer Fletcher Meade, Mendota Farms, Orchard Barn, The Meadows Restaurant, Paul Mitchell Systems, Roberts & Jones, Rush Street Grill, The Sessions Hotel and Mountain View Lodge.

For the second year, all funds raised were matched by a generous gift from the estate of Joyce Tallman. Ms. Tallman served as assistant to the president at the Southern Regional Education Board in Atlanta for more than 30 years of her 50 years with the organization. Following her death in 2018, her estate has provided more than $50,000 in funds to support Scott County students.

“We are incredibly grateful to the many supporters who made this event possible,” said Amy Greear, MECC Vice President of Institutional Advancement and MECC Foundation Executive Director. “The Scott County Endowed Scholarship will benefit Scott County students now and in the years to come. Our single purpose is to remove any financial barrier for a student to attend MECC. We want all students to be able to reach their career and educational goals in order to live and work in our region. We are closer to doing that now thanks to the generosity of this community.”

For more information on the Scott County Endowed Scholarship or to donate to this fund, call the MECC Foundation office at 276.523.7480 or visit www.meccfoundation.org.

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 is to improve student’s access to education through expansion of academic programming in the science and health science areas, offer additional classes and flexible class scheduling, and require students to participate in comprehensive, one-on-one advising. As a result, student retention and completion rates will be increased. In addition, MECC students will benefit from improved quantitative literacy skills through additional faculty training and improved technology.

“We are thrilled to be the recipient of a Title III Strengthening Institutions Grant,” said MECC President Kristen Westover. “This funding will provide resources to grow our Science and Health Science program offerings, more advisors to assist students in navigating their academic programs, and professional development opportunities and improved technology for faculty and classrooms.  The success of our students is core to everything we do at MECC, and the Title III grant will provide the College with resources that will grow our already strong programs and services for students and the community. Additionally, through the grant, we have the opportunity to leverage these resources to strengthen our endowment funds, resulting in more affordable access to higher education for the residents of our region.”

The five-year grant will enable MECC to hire four new full-time faculty members in science and health science program areas. Additionally, two laboratories will be renovated at the Big Stone Gap campus to be used in biology, anatomy, phlebotomy, and pharmacy tech courses.

Another aspect of this award allows the College to participate in an endowment challenge to increase the College’s endowment funds.  As part of the challenge, the MECC Foundation has set a goal to raise $225,000 over a five-year period, with all funds raised to be matched by the Title III grant. The funds will be used to support the goals outlined in the grant program.

“The MECC Foundation is excited to announce our goal to raise $225,000 to support students and college infrastructure improvements. The pledge match from the Strengthening Institutions Grant will result in a significant, long-term impact to our campus and our region,” said Amy Greear, Vice President of Institutional Advancement and Executive Director of the MECC Foundation.

Founded in 1972, MECC is a two-year, comprehensive public community college serving Dickenson, Scott, Lee, and Wise Counties as well as the City of Norton in southwest Virginia. The college offers more than ninety career studies certificate and associate degree programs with majors designed for both college transfer and technical education leading directly to employment. MECC serves approximately 3,500 credit students annually and 2,400 students annually through non-credit training programs.

For more information on MECC or the Title III grant, visit the college’s website at www.mecc.edu or contact the college’s Office of Public Relations at 276.523.7480.

 

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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 all in one afternoon. Participants can gain important information that will help aid them in making an informed transfer decision. Representatives will discuss things like program options, scholarship opportunities and requirements for transferring. Many representatives have new and exciting information about their institution to share with participants. Students are encouraged to meet with several institutions to ensure they make the best decision when it comes to their transfer education. Participants of the Transfer Fair can also enter to win door prizes.  

The Program Fair will highlight some of the programs offered at Mountain Empire Community College. Faculty members will be available to speak with individuals about the course requirements of the program, job prospects, salary ranges, and course offerings. Students can benefit from seeing the variety of programs offered here and speaking with faculty members they may not have met before to hear about options available to them. The Program Fair is timely, as it takes place two days before early enrollment for Spring 2020, so students can take the information they gain from the Program Fair and use it to help build their schedules for the Spring semester.

 For more information on transferring to further your education, contact Beth Boggs, Career & Transfer Counselor at bboggs@mecc.edu.

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 purchases) as well as online at www.meccfoundation.org/dcevent.  All proceeds will benefit the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation’s Dickenson County Endowed Scholarship. 

The Dickenson County Endowed Scholarship Committee is currently seeking sponsorships to support event costs. Sponsorships are $100 and up and include tickets, branding, and special recognition. For more information on becoming an event sponsor, visit www.meccfoundation.org/dcfund.  

Larry Sparks is a dedicated leader for bluegrass music and is among the most widely known and respected touring musicians in bluegrass and gospel music today. Larry began his career in the mid-1960s as a guitarist with the Stanley Brothers and later became lead vocalist for Ralph Stanley and the Clinch Mountain Boys. Larry went on to form his own band in 1969, The Lonesome Ramblers. He has recorded and toured with his band for nearly 50 years, releasing over 60 albums and delighting countless fans with his soulful vocals and unparalleled musicianship.

Larry’s hits include John Deere Tractor, A Face in the Crowd, Tennessee 1949, Blue Virginia Blues, I Just Want to Thank You Lord. Love of the Mountains, Goodbye Little Darlin, You Could Have Called, Tribute to Hank Williams, Green Pastures in the Sky and more. He has performed on such world famous venues as the Grand Ole Opry, Austin City Limits television show on PBS. Song of the Mountains on PBS. He has toured the United States, Canada, and Japan.

Larry has been recognized as the International Bluegrass Music Associations Male Vocalist of the Year. He was awarded Album of the Year and Recorded Event of the Year with his album Larry Sparks 40 featuring several artists such as Alison Krauss, Vince Gill, Ralph Stanley, Ricky Skaggs, Tom T. Hall and many more.

Larry has been inducted into The International Bluegrass Music Hall of Fame, the Bill Monroe Bluegrass Hall of Fame, and the George D. Hays Hall of Fame, Founder of The Grand Ole Opry.

For more information on the MECC Foundation and the Dickenson County Scholarship, visit www.meccfoundation.org.

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, and demonstrations of weaving, pottery making, grist milling, wood crafting, basket weaving, broom making, quilting, tatting and more.

Heading this year’s free Friday night concert are the Tommy Bledsoe, Rich Kirby, Tyler Hughes, and Todd Meade; Alice Gerrard and Kay Justice; and John McCutcheon. The concert will begin at 6 p.m. in MECC’s Phillips-Taylor Hall Goodloe Center.

According to festival coordinator Mike Gilley, “This annual festival is a homecoming, a chance for family and friends to gather and share our cultural heritage. We are excited to showcase the best of the region’s music, crafts, and food!”

Craft and food vendors will be open 10 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Saturday’s music schedule includes featured performers: Scott County Jam, Wise County Jam, Rich Kirby and Nate Polly, Danny Whited and Friends, Todd Meade and Family, Jack Wright, Jim Lloyd, Angie DeBord, Town Branch Bluegrass, Brandon Maggard, Empty Bottle String Band with the Center Stage Cloggers, Right Fork Ramblers, Kelsey Rae, The Childress Family, The Sheets Family, Joy Blair, Stone Mountain Serenaders with the Center Stage Cloggers, Popular Hill Reunion, Travis Kern, Richard Phillips and Friends, Crooked Road Ramblers, Thistle Dew, and Sigean.

Sunday’s performers include: Tyler Hughes and Todd Meade, Ms. Elli’s String Band, Doug Dorschug and Pam Randolph, MECC String Band, Glenn Roberts, The High Tops, Jack Beck, High Test Grass, John Haywood, Tommy Bledsoe, Bill McCall and Southern Country, Oscar Harris and Heather Pace, Willie Dodson and Saro Lynch, The String Dippers, My New Favorites, Smith Family Singers, Rita Quillen, Scott County Boys.

Admission is FREE to all the festival events. MECC is located on US Route 23 just south of Big Stone Gap, Virginia. Parking and shuttles for the festival will be offered at five locations in Big Stone Gap. Shuttle rides are $1 per person at boarding. Locations include:

·         Union High School (formerly Powell Valley High School) – Front Parking Lot

·         Curbside, Wood Ave, in Front of Food City

·         Curbside, Municipal Parking Lot behind Post Office/Federal Building

·         Country Inn

·         Comfort Inn

For more information on the event, including a detailed schedule of vendors and musicians, visit the Home Craft Days website at www.homecraftdays.org.

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 failing grades. 

BIG STONE GAP:  Michael E. Storie 

CASTLEWOOD:  Anthony Scott Jessee, Jr.  

CLINTWOOD:  Ashley M Mullins.  

DUFFIELD:  Jessica Faye Baker. 

GATE CITY:  Yesha Abdiel Gardner and Aaron Scott Williams.  

JONESVILLE:  Cindy Louise Hawkes, Destini Collett Hicks, and Bethany Suzanne Ward. 

NORA:  Tiffany Marie Pigott. 

PENNINGTON GAP:  Nathan Gregory Bailey and Mary Melissa Hall. 

ST. PAUL: Marissa B. Moore.

STONEGA:  April Dawn Bailey. 

MECC announces summer semester Merit List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Merit List for the summer 2019 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 failing grades, and part-time students who have between 6-11 credits and a GPA of 3.2 or higher during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.

ABINGDON: Savannah Brooke Brooks and Kyle Douglas Hayes.

APPALACHIA: Shaphan Robert Fisher, Tanner Branson Hall, Nathaniel Patton, Mary T. Meade, Chantarae M. Shepard, Cameo Reese Smith, Brook Grace Wheatley, and Christian Ray Worley.

BEN HUR: Anthony Paul Swindall.

BIG STONE GAP: Kathy Davidson Austin, Alexis Jade Barker, Cierra Alexsis Barker, Kirsten McKayla Barker, Steven B. Boggs, Kailen Shaunta Brewer, Cheyenne Grace Burke, Caitlyn Mercedes Elizabeth Clymer, Cody Allen Cox, Alivia Gwenn Davidson, Mary Elizabeth Douglas, Kali Marie Durham, Aaron Earwood, Micah Nicole Elkins, Joseph Edward Freeman, Noah James Garrison, hristina Nicole Gibson, Saylor Reece Gilly, Jacob Nathaniell Goodman, Andrea Michelle Gross, Christopher Hoyt Hall, Saniah Jordan Hamilton, Benjamin Palmer Hersel, Amanda D. Hopson, Hannah Nicole Houston, David Patrick Kelley, Whitney Nichole Kelly, Aleah Abigail Litton, Tiffine Lee McMillan, Lisa M Milanese, Jada Britt Mullins, Jenna Kay Mullins, Nicholas Page Napier, Brandon Riley Newton, Koby Orion Poff, Colby Brian Renfro, Devin M. Robinette, Rahlyja Evan Thomas, Bailee L. Trent, Haven Raye White, Emalee Alexzandera Williams, and Sheena M. Woodward.

BIRCHLEAF: Kayla Marie Combs, Bobby W. Edwards, and Kayla Renee Mullins.

BLACKWATER: Joshua Thomas Max Winegar.

BRISTOL, VA: Michael D. Mason, Alyssia Lynn Moss, and Robin Renee States.

CALHOUN, GA: Erik Lamar Henson.

CASTLEWOOD: Nathaniel Lee Hardin.

CHURCH HILL, TN: Ethan David Billips.

CLINCHCO: Elizabeth Ann Brichant, Haley Faith Collins, and Nicholas Drew Mullins.

CLINTWOOD: Amber Nichole Crihfield, Haylee Chanel Dotson, Philip L. Edwards, Kelly R. Fleming, Mckenzie Alyce Hall, Mason Reiley Kendrick, Andrea Leeann Mullins, Ashton Faith O’Quinn, Kayleigh Ann Phipps, Travis W. Powers, Ryan E. Reynolds, Derick R. Robinson, Michael J. Salyer, Abigail Leah Stanley, and Kody Lee Whitt.

COEBURN: Adam Benjamin Couch, Natalee Jane Courtney, Lyndsey Brianna Fuller, Lacey Jade Holbrook, Hannah Marie Hughes, Andrea Brooke Kilgore, James Jacob Kilgore, Ariel G. Lawson, Olivia Anne Meade, Hunter Cole Stanley, Hope Danielle Stidham, and Justin T. Wade.

DRYDEN: Shelby Lynn Bowen, Chyanne Paige Bridges, Roseanna Jolene Dickenson, and Emily Cherish Smith.

DUFFIELD: Savannah Lynn Bowen, Myranda lee Brown, Veronica Marie Canto, Colton Glenn Eads, Trinidy Bella Estep, Jocelyn Bailey Fields, ,Jacob Isaac Gutierrez, Ammon Huish, Alexia Grace Livesay, Ryan Edward McDavid, Cieara Jean Allison Osborne, Jonathon Allen Parsons, Brittini Gail Potter, Ethan Lee Rhoton, Caitlin Brooke Summey, Lydia Ann Tankersley, and Jennilyn Ava Walling.

DUNGANNON: Christopher Alain Oaks.

EAST STONE GAP: Evan Bryce Rasnick.

EWING: Sarah Jessica Long.

FERRUM: Michaela Marie Bentley.

FT. BLACKMORE: Rhianna Fae Payne.

GATE CITY: April Ann Bull, Natasha Kendra Caldwell, Rachel Nicole Dingus, Stephanie Lynn-Brooke Falin, ,Hannah Grace Fields, Wendy LeeAnn Fields, Tonya M. Gamble, Eric Matthew Hutchinson, Kressa Lynn Johnson, Teresa Mariea Phillips, Lex Alexander Reed, Rachel Evie Reid, Makenzie Brooke Stallard, and Samantha Fae Stallard.

HAYSI: Joseph M. Boyd, Joseph Ethan Church, Felicia Renea Johnson, Alexandria Marin Perrigan, and Cody Heath Woods.

HILTONS: Dylon Eldridge Clark, Erica Paige Gardner, Jacob Charles Hall, and Mckenzie Anne Turner.

JONESVILLE: Kelley J. Aldridge, Ryan Austen Bales, Brenton Owen Cornett, Samantha Hope Cupp, David Christian Currie, Jacob Allen Eldridge, Cecilia Carol Flanary, Logan Evan Fleenor, Robert B. Harber, Rachel Leigh Higgins, Ethan Cole Kilgore, Aren Michelle Lambert, Danielle N. Lawson, Charles James Marcum, Kayla Nicole Moore, Kaitlyn Ruth Robinette, Alicia Louise Stiltner, Mackenzie Alexis Wright, and Tyler Bryan Yeary.

KEOKEE: Madison Cheyann Collins and Joseph Michael Denhardt.

KINGSPORT, TN: Tara Suzanne Adams, Sarah Elaine Hawkins, Calee sierra Hill, Hailey G. Langrel, and Shyanne Tyla Van Heel.

MARION: Rusty A. Hamm.

MCCLURE: Ashley R. Knoskie.

MENDOTA: Alesha Brooke Carrier.

MOUNT CARMEL, TN: Toni Brooke Stamper.

NICKELSVILLE: Corey Dean Blodgett, Jeffrey Blake Gray, Cynthia D Herron, Richard Chase Hughes, Macarthur David Inbody, Peyton Dale Peters, Cory Albert Powers, and William Jacob Smith.

NORA: Amanda Nicole O’Quinn.

NORTH CHESTERFIELD: Linwood Dabbs, Jr. and Douglas P. Towne.

NORTON: Summer Danielle Bower, Cassie Marie Carroll, Mark Anthony Caruso, Alexandra Paige Childers, Shakira Alise Cooney, Harlie Rose Crawford, Laken Marie Culbertson, Jastanie Lydia Darnell, Dwight Arayat Catablan Dixon, Morgan Brooke Fawbush, Michael Brian Gilliam, Joshua Ian Greene, Dajine Brock Hale, Autumn A. Hill, Elora Jade Hutchinson, Alexia Ann Ingle, Beylee Elizabeth Jenkins, Savahanna Faith Kern, Cadence Janise Lagow, Ethan Cole Milam, Maggie L. Moore, Zoe Jane Niece, Shamiyeh Dejshawn Noel, Elizabeth Grace Owens, Olivia Rose Owens, Shealin Acacia Pruitt, Stacy Lynn Robinson, Dasanye Cheyenne Smith, Verona Marie Swindall, Davina Brooke Vanover, Ashlyn Rochelle Wermann, Caleb Jennings Williams, and McKenzie Brooke Williams.

PENNINGTON GAP: Danielle Haven Elizabeth Barnett, Helen Robin Louise Barnett, Andrew Michael Barrier, Christian Shay Beckman, Jacob William Bledsoe, Larissa Jean Crider, Kenley Paige Eisenmenger, Zane Edward Eisenmenger, Kaitlyn Marie Hartsock, Peggie Grace Laws, Emma Katherine Poe, Curtis Lee Reece, Tristan Noah Ruppel, Alexia LeShae Stafford, Dawnna Joy Stebbins, and Austin Tyler Wells.

POQUOSON: Brandon Tyler Kelley.

POUND: Carrie Ann Adams, Andrew J. Baker, Samantha Paige Bevins, Kali Renee Bowman, Keith E. Crabtree, Benjamin Justin Hamilton, Bryanna Sierria Harris, Sadra Lynn Mullins, Alexis Leigh Anne Presley, Ashley Lynn Riley, Elias Carlos Rose, Aaron Chase Salyers, Garrett Dalton Shortt, Julien Chase Sturgill, and Yija Wang.

ROSE HILL: Rylee Elizabeth Cope, Amy Will DiVirgilio, Hunter Jalyn Graham, and Tanna Marie Whitt.

ST. PAUL: Makia Nichole Phillips.

WEBER CITY: Alissa Ilene Belle Cleek.

WISE: David Benjamin Adams, Celeste C. Aguinaga, Brianna Gabrielle Aldridge, Tina Starr Beaver, Madison Elizabeth Chandler, Sandra Denise Collins, Christopher David Conner, Isiah Luke Cox, Tiffany L. Cress, Melissa Jo Culbertson, Sidney A. Flanary, Jr., Aiden Brock Fultz, Victoria Elizabeth Gilliam, Arietta LeRae Harvey, John Glenn Hines III, hrista Renee Holmes, Brent Daniel Jessee, Nicholas Montana Ledford, Braeden Morrison Mullins, Morgan Alexander Mullins, Olivia Grace Mullins, Justin Payne Sexton, Jason M. Stine, Michael Clay Turner, Ryan Seth Vanover, and Bradley S. Williams.

MECC announces summer semester President’s List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College President’s List for the summer 2019 semester. Students are eligible for the President’s List if they have at least 12 credits and a GPA of 3.8 or higher during the semester with no incompletes, re-enrolls, unsatisfactory or failing grades.

BIG STONE GAP: Joshua A. France and Leighandra Paige McGuire

CASTLEWOOD: David Allen Layne.

CLINCHCO: Brandi Dawn Baker.

COEBURN: Amanda L Bartley.

DUFFIELD: Michelle Denise Berry, Aaron Blake Carter, and Caitlyn Paige Cox.

DUNGANNON: Donnie Ray Saul.

GATE CITY: Nicholas Patton Elliott.

JONESVILLE: Jacob Russell Adair and Christopher Tyler Oakley.

NORTON: Kayla J. Harvey.

PENNINGTON GAP: Jacob Andrew Gailey and Whitney Alexandra Lane.

POUND: Brenton Noah Graham, Samuel Allen Powers, Jr., Dylan Avery Short, and Jody Lynn Young.

WISE: Powers,Karrie L. Powers, Christian Taylor Rogers, and Austin X. Sexton.

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 for sixteen weeks. Students, ages 10 and older, can learn to play Appalachian dulcimer, autoharp, clawhammer banjo, upright bass, fiddle, guitar, and mandolin for less than $3.15 per hour. Classes start on Monday, August 28 and end on Tuesday, December 10.

Mondays:
• Beginning Rhythm Guitar (Beginning), 5-7:45 PM, Cathy Qualls, Main Campus;
• Beginning Lead Guitar (Intermediate), 6-8:45 PM, Cathy Qualls, Main Campus;
• Guitar Theory and Practice I (Intermediate), 2-4:45 PM, Chris Rose, Main Campus;
• Guitar Theory and Practice II (Advanced), 6-8:45 PM, Chris Rose, Main Campus;
• Old Time String Band (Advanced) 6-8:45 PM, Todd Meade, Gate City High School;
• Upright Bass (Beginning), 6-8:45 PM, Todd Meade, Gate City High School;
Tuesdays:
• Beginning Mandolin (Beginning), 6-8:45 PM, Jeff Dickenson, Main Campus;
• Jazz Chord Guitar (Advanced), 6-8:45 PM, Steve Souther, Main Campus;
Wednesdays:
• Beginning Appalachian Dulcimer (Beginning), 1-3:45 PM, Mike Gilley, Main Campus;
• Beginning Autoharp (Beginning), 1-3:45 PM, Mike Gilley, Main Campus;
• Beginning Fiddle (Beginning), 1-3:45 PM, Joanna Osteen, Main Campus;
• Old Time Folk Dance (Beginning), 5-6 PM, Tyler Hughes, Center for Workforce Innovation Appalachia;
• Blues Guitar (Advanced), 6-8:45 PM, Chris Rose, Main Campus;
• Upright Bass (Beginning), 6-8:45 PM, Bill Smith, Main Campus;
Thursdays:
• Building and Playing an Electric Guitar (Beginning), 2-4:45 PM, Chris Rose, Main Campus;
• Clawhammer Banjo (Beginning), 6-8:45 PM, Tyler Hughes, Main Campus;
• Old Time Sting Band (Intermediate), 6-8:45 PM, Tyler Hughes, Main Campus;

For more information or to register, contact Mike Gilley at 276. 523.7468.

MECC & Slemp Foundation Partner to Help Blackjewel Families

BlackJewel Miner Picture

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 determine qualification and potential available assistance.

MECC has assisted several Blackjewel employees and family members with enrollment and retraining needs. The Slemp Foundation has donated $20,000 to further provide for families impacted by the mining closure to be used to pay for tuition, books, and other college-related needs.

For more information, please contact MECC Dean of Student Services Lelia Bradshaw at 276.523.2400 ext. 288.

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

Mountain Empire Community College and EntreEd4

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, joined the team at Mountain Empire Community College’s campus to engage in a day of learning.

The workshop was facilitated by by Amber Ravenscroft, Program Manager of the America’s Entrepreneurial Schools initiative and Manager of Innovation for The EdVenture Group. The training featured sessions on entrepreneurial mindset and entrepreneurship infusion in the classroom, with hands-on activities for educators to take back to their students.

Teachers participated in creativity challenges, learned strategies to foster entrepreneurial mindsets both within themselves and with their students, and explored best practices in infusing entrepreneurship into core academic subject areas.

Mountain Empire Community College and EntreEd3The workshop concluded with a design thinking workshop, where participants designed entrepreneurship projects for their school or classroom. Schools in attendance will be eligible to receive their America’s Entrepreneurial School designation, which recognizes any K-12 school that provides entrepreneurship education to every student, every year.

“[The training] expanded my ideas of the use of entrepreneurship ideas in the classroom,” said attendee Vicki Snodgrass. Educators walked away with tangible resources and actionable strategies to begin implementing upon the school year’s start this August. “It’s the first time I’ve actually enjoyed a workshop in a very long time,” added attendee Jessica Trent.

Attending the workshop were Robert Underwood, St. Paul Elementary; Lisa Addington-Mason, Wise Primary School; Angela Greear, Central High School; Barbara Hass, Coeburn Primary; Holly Tucker, L.F. Addington Middle School; Jared Coffey, Eastside High School; Kelly Foster, J.W. Adams Combined School; Kara Adkins, Coeburn Middle School; Vicky Welch, Union Middle School; Jodie Bowen, Wise County Career-Technical Center; Kim Mabe, Union High School; Allie Brickey, Union Primary School; Jacqueline Pauley, Flatwoods Elementary School; Vicki Snodgrass, Thomas Walker High School; Jessica Trent, Thomas Walker High School; and Jolene Lambert, Jonesville Middle School.

Mountain Empire Community College and EntreEd1The partnership between Mountain Empire Community College and EntreEd is part of a three-year, Appalachian Regional Commission POWER grant which was funded in 2016. Wrapping up in August 2019, the grant has provided entrepreneurship experiences to over 45,000 Appalachian students throughout Ohio, Kentucky, Tennessee, Virginia, and West Virginia. The project is a collaborative partnership between EntreEd, The National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE), The EdVenture Group, and the National Center for Resource Development and eight local community colleges throughout the region. To learn more about the initiative, visit http://www.entre-ed.org/ today. 

MECC To Host 15th Annual Mountain Music School

Big Stone Gap, VA – MECC will welcome more than 130 students to the 15th Annual Mountain Music School on campus July 22-26.

MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Students from age 10 and up learn to play an instrument of their choice, including beginning and advanced options in “old-time” fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, shape note singing, and dog house bass. In addition, a string-band class for intermediate/advanced musicians is offered for students who want to expand their skills in a group setting. A limited number of instruments are available to loan during the week.

The public is invited to join the class each day for a free concert from 1 to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center. The concert schedule is as follows:

· Monday, July 22 – Mountain Music School Faculty

· Tuesday, July 23 – Bill and the Belles

· Wednesday, July 24 – Whitetop Mountain Band

· Thursday, July 25 – Jim Lloyd

· Friday, July 26 – Mountain Music School Students

For more information about MECC’s Mountain Music School visit the Mountain Music School website at or call 276.523.2400 ext. 304.

MECC To Hold Open House for Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia

Appalachia — Mountain Empire Community College will hold an open house for the Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia, 3965 Kent Junction Road Appalachia, on Saturday, August 3 from 2 p.m. to 5 p.m. The Open House event is part of the annual Appalachia Railroad Days Festival. Visitors will be able to tour the facility, which now houses MECC’s Power Lineman and CDL programs. Future programs will include smart farming, culinary and service training, as well as dental assisting. The open house will also feature a special “Meet Your Teacher” event from 2 to 3 p.m., with former teachers at Appalachia Elementary School available to meet with their students. Refreshments will be provided. For more information, please contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480 or visit www.mecc.edu

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, supporting Scott County students who wish to further their education and skill level at Mountain Empire Community College. Continued financial support is needed to assist students with tuition, book, and attendance costs.

The reception will begin at 6:30 p.m. and includes heavy hors d’oeuvres, refreshments, wine, beer, concert entertainment and a silent auction. Guests are encouraged to wear their diamonds and denim for this relaxed, semi-formal evening event. The concert will begin at 8 p.m. Tickets for the event are $65 or $125 per couple and may be purchased online at www.meccfoundation.org/scevent or at Farm Bureau Insurance located in Gate City, VA.

The Scott County Endowed Scholarship Committee is currently seeking sponsorships to support event costs. Sponsorships range from $500 to $5000 and include tickets, branding, and special recognition. For more information on becoming an event sponsor, visit www.meccfoundation.org/scfund.

Jeff Little Trio

With few exceptions, the piano does not play a prominent part in Appalachian or Americana music, and is rarely the lead instrument. But Jeff Little is an exception – and a remarkable one. His distinctive two-handed style, much influenced by the   mountain flat-picked guitar tradition, is breathtaking in its speed, precision and clarity. He has performed at the Smithsonian Institution, the National Folk Festival, Merlefest and has been featured on National Public Radio and PBS. In 2014, Jeff was inducted into the Blue Ridge Music Hall of Fame. He is a full-time faculty member and artist in residence at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC.

Wayne HendersonWayne Henderson’s top-notch finger-picking is a source of great pleasure and pride to his friends, family and neighbors in Grayson County, Virginia. His guitar playing has also been enjoyed at Carnegie Hall, in three national tours of Masters of the Steel-String Guitar, and in seven nations in Asia. In addition to his reputation as a guitarist, Henderson is a luthier of great renown. He is a recipient of a 1995 National Heritage Award presented by the National Endowment for the Arts. He produces about 20 instruments a year, mostly guitars; he is almost as well-known for the mandolins he has made.

Crooked River Lodge is located on a 200-acre estate along the Holston River close to Seven Shoals in Hiltons, Virginia. This enchanted estate includes rolling hay fields, over a mile of river frontage, oak forests and open glades.  The view is spectacular down an open valley with Clinch Mountain on one side, rocky cliffs along the river on the other side and beautiful meadows and hay fields between. A restored 1823 timber frame lodge towers above the valley below. The power and magnetism of the river delight the eye and pull you in while the forest and glades make the outside world fall away. The heart of Crooked River is the circa-1823 Ohio Grist Mill that serves as the concert venue, featuring 12×12 oak beams and majestic lighting.  

For more information on the event, please contact the MECC Foundation at 276.523.7466 or visit the Foundation’s website at www.meccfoundation.org.

 

-MECC FOUNDATION-

 

MECC Holds 46th Annual Commencement Ceremony

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College  held its 46th commencement ceremony on Friday, May 10 at 6 p.m. at the Big Stone Gap campus. 

The Class of 2019 includes 570 graduates. MECC awarded 118 Associate of Arts & Sciences degrees, 182 Associate of Applied Science degrees, and 147 Certificates and 271 Career Studies Certificates. 

Graduates participating in the commencement were welcomed by MECC Local Advisory Board President Rodney Baker. Dr. Kristen Westover, MECC President, introduced the featured student speakers for the commencement ceremony, which included Kara Mullins and Vicki Pearcy. These student speakers were chosen because of their exceptional academic performance and unwavering commitment to overcoming challenges during their college career. 

Kara Mullins, of Big Stone Gap, is graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in Science and General Studies. She is a dual enrollment student at Union High School, where she has been named the Salutatorian of the 2019 Class. She is a member of the Lady Bears Basketball Team. She plans to attend UVA-Wise in the fall and will major in Chemistry. Kara is the daughter of Lisa and Greg Mullins.  

Vicki Pearcy, of Duffield, is graduating Summa Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science Degree in Administrative Support Technology. Vicki has been the Assistant Registrar at Mountain Empire Community College since October 2018. She is married to Eddie Pearcy and has two sons, Adam and wife Ashlyn, and Brian. She is the daughter of Patricia Berry and the late Billy Berry. Vicki’s speech tonight is dedicated in loving memory of her father. 

In addition to the graduation ceremony, MECC hosts an Awards Night event honoring graduates and current students who have displayed exceptional academic and leadership qualities during the 2018-19 academic year. This year’s honorees include: 

ALL-VA ACADEMIC TEAM 

Erin McCracken 

 

ALTERNATIVE SPRING BREAK AWARD 

Kylee Bundy 

Alex Haley 

Tanner Lawson 

Caleb Richardson 

Cameo Smith 

COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM GRADUATES 
Michelle Berry………………Column Break………………Aaron Brummit 
Elizabeth Carroll 

Christopher Chandler 

Brittany Christian 

Caitlyn Clymer 

Cody Cox 

Kelsey Dean 

Skylar Fleming 

Melanie Harber 

John Hines III 

Kierra Knight 

Mark Lane 

Jonathan Large 

Adam Lyons 

Haley Mathes 

Stephen McCoy 

Selena Moore 

Kris Rowe 

Shamber Schenck 

Melissa Skeens 

Anthony Swindall 

DeidraWallace 

 

CHEMISTRY AWARD 

Julianna Morris 

Kara Mullins 

EXCEPTIONAL GRADUATE AWARDS 

Madison Childress 

Kenzie Crusenberry 

Christian Hale 

Melanie Harber 

Jazmine May 

Brandon Pridemore 

Tracy Reece 

Cameo Smith 

Joshua Winston 

 

EXPLORATIONS ARTS COMPETITION AWARDS 

Drawing 

Celeste Aguinaga 

Walter Brummett 

Fiction 

Cody Cox 

Anthony Swindall 

Painting 

Alexis Barber 

Chelsey Stapleton 

Yijia Wang 

Poetry 

Dillion Mabe 

Anthony Swindall 

Photography (B&W) 

Kevin Cooper 

Photography (Color) 

Walter Brummett 

Kevin Cooper 

 

FAST FORWARD STUDENT OF THE YEAR 

Ashley Knoskie 

 

THE JAKKAE JACKSON EXCELLENCE IN PHLEBOTOMY AWARD 

Shirley McCoy 

Jack Wallace 

 

THE JAMES L. DURHAM MATHEMATICS AWARD 

Kevin Stanley 

 

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP 

Melanie Harber 

LONESOME PINE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY AWARD 

Kenzie Crusenberry 

 

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT AWARDS 

Administrative Support Technology 

Vicki Pearcy 

Computer Networking 

Devan Summers 

Computer Software Specialist 

Adam Lyons 

Health Information Management 

Robin Richards 

Management 

Jazmine May 

Paralegal Studies 

Ginger Krovich 

PEGGY DURHAM 

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD 

Cameo Smith 

 

PHI THETA KAPPA AWARD 

Erin McCracken 

SCOTT COUNTY HORIZON’S LEADERSHIP DEVELOPMENT AWARD 

Frances Ramsey 

Jonathon Ramsey 

SPECIAL SERVICES AWARD 

Mikki Blessing 

Kylee Bundy 

Amanda Fleming 

Kipp Kiser 

Lori Mullins 

Cameo Smith 

Yijia Wang 

STUDENT DIPLOMAT AWARD 

April Bailey 

Jacob Goodman 

STUDENT SERVICES AWARD 

Caleb Richardson 

STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA 

Jerry Allen 

Steven Boyd 

Tyler Shuler 

Primmel Wallace 

 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS 

Cody Cox 

Haylee Dotson 

Rebekah Earwood 

Hannah Gilly 

Hallie Hembree 

Elexis Holbrook 

Jonathan Large 

Victoria Manis 

Cameo Smith 

Kevin Stanley 

 

Candidates for Degrees  
May 10, 2019 

The students whose names appear below made formal application for a degree or certificate by the date specified in the Academic Calendar. 

Associate of Arts and Sciences  

General Studies 

Sarah Danielle Adkins** 

Eden Ruth Allan* 

Sarah Lynn Allen 

Nickolas Blake Arney***+ 

Nickolas Elijah Arquette 

Audrey Elise Baker 

Sierra Jade Baker**+ 

Jonathan K. Blackwell* 

Tyler Kevin Blake Bright** 

Brynna LeShea Bundy*** 

Kylee Arden Bundy*** 

Carter Steven Burke 

Brittany Nicole Christian** 

Justin Ray Clark* 

Caitlyn Mercedes Elizabeth Clymer** 

Jessica Brooke Cooper 

Alec Daelen Couch* 

Timothy Chandler Counts 

Cody Allen Cox** 

Kaitlyn Shay Cox***+ 

Dylan Czar Dahley 

Hunter Lee Davis* 

Mekyah Varshaun Davis 

Olivia Claire Dishner* 

Haylee Chanel Dotson* 

Jacob Hunter Dotson** 

Britni Elizabeth Early 

Rebekah Ann Earwood** 

Zoe S. Fleming 

Jacob Tanner Fox* 

Jonathon Caleb Fraley 

Katelyn Brooke France 

Erica Paige Gardner 

Cameron Christopher Gill* 

Audrey Louise Gilliam**+ 

Christian Lucas Allen Hale 

Alex Clifton Haley* 

Tanner Branson Hall* 

Samantha Nicole Hampton***+ 

Melanie R. Harber** 

Skylar Blake Hillman 

Elexis Marie Holbrook 

Ethan Cole Kilgore* 

Kimberly Caycee Kindle* 

Kierra Dominique Knight*** 

Jonathan Douglas Large*** 

Tanner Cole Lawson* 

Logan Alexander Lester 

Timothy Noah Long*** 

Cameron Paige Lovelace 

Carly D. Maine 

Victoria Gail Manis 

Kaeli Rosse McKinney***+ 

Anna Morgan Meade 

Autumn Lane Meade***+ 

Lindsey Hannah Meade* 

Melissa Danielle Meade** 

Ryan Gabriel Messer* 

Darrell Allen Mullins* 

Kara Rashae Mullins***+ 

Kristopher Jordan Mullins 

Noah Blake Mullins* 

Tyler Sampson Oakes 

Connor Allen Pendergraft** 

Katalin Ann Perry*** 

Jackson Reece Porter** 

Brandi DeAnn Potts 

Brandon Ray Pridemore 

Katherine Grace Pridemore** 

Payton Yancy Pyne** 

Jonathon Brett Ramsey 

Cynthia Christine Ratcliffe 

Brianna Vada Rife 

Ashley Lynn Riley** 

Joshua D. Rivers** 

Daniel Roberson 

Katherine Elizabeth Roberts 

Baylee Madison Robinette** 

Madison Briana Rowe***+ 

Jayme Leigh Salyers*** 

Austin Matthew Schlobohm** 

Kassidy Hope Sharpe* 

Tyler Campbell Shuler*** 

Noah Reed Slemp 

Cameo Reese Smith* 

Cameron Wayne Smith 

Ryland Glenn Smith 

Gayce May Snyder*** 

Hunter Cole Stanley** 

Chelsey Jo Stapleton 

Ciara Marie Staudinger* 

Dalton Aaron Strouth 

Anthony Paul Swindall** 

Bethany Nicole Turner 

Karli Faith Underwood* 

Kelvin Luan Vo***+ 

Deidra Ann Wallace*** 

Bethany Suzanne Ward** 

Rachel Alexis Ward* 

Donna Lynn Winebarger 

Ariel Hope Worley* 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences 

General Studies – Software Engineering Specialization 

Jonathan Douglas Large*** 

Kevin Franklin Stanley** 

 

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Associate of Arts and Sciences 

Pre-Teacher Education 

Brynna LeShea Bundy*** 

Haylee Chanel Dotson* 

Alexis Paige Flanary* 

Christian Lucas Allen Hale 

Crystal Rose Yeary 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences 

Science 

Hannah Brooke Gilly 

Kara Rashae Mullins***+ 

Cameo Reese Smith* 

Gayce May Snyder*** 

Kelvin Luan Vo***+ 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences 

Science: Engineering Specialization 

Cory Alan Carlton** 

Dalton Kevin Mullins** 

Alexander O’Neal Pritchard*** 

Jordan Marshall Wampler** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Accounting 

Tracy Lynn Reece 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Administrative Support Technology 

Brandi Nicole Bundy* 

Leanna Nadine Eldridge** 

Arietta LeRae Harvey 

Sarah Danielle Lane 

Elizabeth Nicole Lester 

Vicki Denise Pearcy*** 

Shelli R. Roberts** 

Vicki Marie Rutledge* 

Associate of Applied Science 

Administrative Support Technology – Medical Office Specialist 

Sarah Danielle Lane 

Elizabeth Nicole Lester 

Erin Lynn McCracken** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computer-Aided Drafting/Design Technology 

Bethany Suzanne Ward** 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computer Networking Technology 

Joshua Ian Greene 

Devan James Summers* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computer Software Specialist 

Tori Shea Gibson** 

Mark Anthony Lane*** 

Adam S. Lyons*** 

Charles Howard Smith 

Derek Dewayne Vanover*** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Computerized Manufacturing Technology: Electromechanical Technology Specialization 

Thomas Ray Adkins* 

Chance Bryson Blakely*** 

Christopher Dillon Chandler*** 

Zachary Howard Davidson** 

Caleb Clayton Johnson* 

Joshua Isaac Ledford* 

Patrick Jackson Osborne, Jr. 

Cody Nathaniel Smith*** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Correctional Services 

Mark Anthony Caruso*** 

Adam Benjamin Couch** 

Christen Michelle Edmonds 

Cindy Louise Hawkes 

Stephenson Jones*** 

Brett Kimberly Newton** 

Nicholas David Williams* 

Joshua Kenneth Winston** 

Logan Nathaniel Yose 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Emergency Medical Services Technology 

Samantha Renee Miller 

Ruth Michelle Rutherford* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Energy Technology 

Aaron Michael Brummitt*** 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

Curt Aaron Rose*** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Energy Technology: Electrical Specialization 

Steven W. Boyd 

Aaron Michael Brummitt*** 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

Curt Aaron Rose*** 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Environmental Science 

Matthew Blake Owens* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Environmental Science- Water/Wastewater Specialization 

Samantha Lynn Johnson* 

Jeffery K. Morgan 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Forest Science 

Matthew Blake Owens* 

Maria D. Powers* 

Cory Michael Stanley 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Health Information Management 

Jeanna Hope Finch* 

Amanda Morgan Harber** 

Keyleigh Shae Mullins** 

Sierra Devan Mullins** 

Robin A. Richards* 

Tabitha Thompson** 

Kerri Lee Tompkins* 

Courtney Rose Wilson 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Management 

Jazmine Lee May*** 

Rebekah Allison Moore 

Tracy Lynn Reece 

Stacy Lynn Robinson*** 

Britney Nicole Stephens 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Nursing 

Ashley Brooke Adams 

Cori Elizabeth Baker* 

Shannon K. Ball 

Shamerine Nichole Barber 

Rebacca Alice Barnett 

Maggie Lee Begley 

Taylor Leigh Bowman*

Chelsea Lynn Brickey* 

Bradley Austin Brooks 

Coty Michael Brummette* 

Nichole Ann Cantrell* 

Allison Caitlin Christian 

Samantha Lea Clark 

Verity Abigail Victoria Collingsworth* 

Tamela D. Collins 

Karla Kree-Ann Cox 

Kenzie Marie Crusenberry*** 

Lindsey Lauren Haley  Dickenson 

Autumn Suzanne Dotson 

Kayla Denise Edwards* 

Julia Summer Eldridge 

Candace A. Flanary* 

Jamie Donald Lee Gilbert* 

Alexis Maggie Gillenwater 

Janet L. Grabowski** 

Morganne Danielle Helbert 

Alexis Jade Helms 

Brooklyn Nikkole Hensley* 

Matthias M. Hettwer*** 

Mark Ryan Hubbard II 

Samantha Nicole Hurd 

Ashley Lashea Jackson 

Chelsea Leeann Jones 

Berlin T. Justice 

Katherine R. Kegley* 

Taylor N. Lefevers 

Dakota Cheyenne Lewis 

Autumn Nicole Logsdon 

Hannah M. Maness 

Kristal L. Miles 

Kendra Brooke Nash* 

Chelsea Monique Osborne 

Jerry Austin Perrigan* 

Emma Katherine Poe** 

April N. Powers 

Frances D. Ramsey** 

Jonathon Brett Ramsey 

Rebecca Rayburn 

Ashley Lynn Riley** 

Brittany Michelle Robinette* 

Candace Nicole Sanders 

Adrienne Danielle Scardo 

Brittany N. Shirks 

Dylan Anthony Smith* 

Megan Lacy Smith 

Stacie S. Smith 

Sarah B. Sturgill 

Tracy Lee Sturgill 

Ashley Rae Taylor 

Amanda L. Thacker 

Christopher W. Wampler 

Joshua David Webb 

Montica Lee Yates 

Emily Rose Yeary* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Paralegal Studies 

Carolyn Sue Bentoski 

Chelsea R. Caruso 

Heather Nicole Combs* 

Jessica L. Culbertson 

Nathan Michael Godsey 

Ginger A. Krovich** 

Associate of Applied Science 

Police Science 

Mark Anthony Caruso*** 

Curtis Allen Edwards* 

Cindy Louise Hawkes 

Mark David Jones** 

Stephenson Jones*** 

Joshua Kenneth Winston** 

Logan Nathaniel Yose 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Respiratory Therapy 

Laken Karissa Austin* 

Brittany Lee Baker 

Summer Raine Corbin*** 

Kayla Marie Dunivan** 

Caitlyn Marie Green** 

Tia Vermillion Jenkins 

Molly Alexis McDaniel 

Nicole Leigh Owens 

Alexa-Caroline Elizabeth Sexton** 

Jocie Mariah Stacey* 

Amelia Megan Stockard* 

 

Associate of Applied Science 

Technical Studies- Welding 

Philip L. Edwards*** 

Justin Wayne Elkins 

Brian Keith Humphrey* 

Randy W. Kennedy 

John Elliott Mullins 

 

Certificate 

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

 

Certificate 

Clerical Assistant 

Brandi Nicole Bundy* 

Sarah Danielle Lane 

Elizabeth Nicole Lester 

Shelli R. Roberts** 

Vicki Marie Rutledge* 

Brittany Nichole Worley-Johnson 

 

Certificate 

General Education 

Tiffany Helen Nicole Aldridge*+ 

Sarah Lynn Allen 

Nickolas Blake Arney***+ 

Nickolas Elijah Arquette 

Sierra Jade Baker**+ 

Paloma A. Barongan**+ 

Evan Louis Blanton***+ 

Tyler Kevin Blake Bright** 

Alexandria Paige Carroll+ 

Brittany Nicole Christian** 

Justin Ray Clark* 

Caitlyn Mercedes Elizabeth Clymer** 

Bryson Cole Cothron 

Alec Daelen Couch* 

Kaitlyn Shay Cox***+ 

Hunter Lee Davis* 

Olivia Claire Dishner* 

Megan Brooke Dockery***+ 

Matthew Allen Dupree***+ 

Alexis Paige Flanary* 

Erica Paige Gardner 

Audrey Louise Gilliam**+ 

Hannah Brooke Gilly 

Haley Elizabeth Hammonds***+ 

Samantha Nicole Hampton***+ 

Kelsey Lauren Harper 

Elexis Marie Holbrook 

Matthew James Holding**+ 

Emily Grace Hurd*+ 

Autumn Marie Johnson**+ 

Jordan Alexis Jones**+ 

Emmitt Mufasa Kellogg 

Logan Cade Lagow**+ 

Kaylyn Marie Laws 

Summer Marie Lee 

Belinda G. Levy** 

Timothy Noah Long*** 

Victoria Gail Manis 

Makayla Jay Martinez**+ 

Grace Elizabeth McCowan** 

Kaeli Rosse McKinney***+ 

Autumn Lane Meade***+ 

Ryan Gabriel Messer* 

Selena Paige Moore** 

Dalton Kevin Mullins** 

Darrell Allen Mullins* 

Haley Kathryn Mullins+ 

Jarred W. Mullins 

Kara Rashae Mullins***+ 

Noah Blake Mullins* 

Connor Allen Pendergraft** 

Brooklyn Diane Porter***+ 

Jackson Reece Porter** 

Katherine Grace Pridemore** 

David Austin Quillen**+ 

Haley Katherine Quillen*+ 

Bryson Patrick Roberson**+ 

Madison Briana Rowe***+ 

Carlene Elisabeth Salyers***+ 

Christian D. Sayers* 

Austin Matthew Schlobohm** 

Karissa Anne Seiber*+ 

Tyler Campbell Shuler*** 

Victoria Grace Sizemore*+ 

Noah Reed Slemp 

Cameo Reese Smith* 

Kevin Franklin Stanley** 

Jillian Hope Taylor**+ 

Gracie Elizabeth Villiard***+ 

Deidra Ann Wallace*** 

Lauren Marie Webb***+ 

Aidan Riley Wells***+ 

Caleb Jennings Williams***+ 

 

Certificate 

Industrial Maintenance 

Thomas Ray Adkins* 

Christopher Dillon Chandler*** 

Zachary Howard Davidson** 

Caleb Clayton Johnson* 

Cody Nathaniel Smith*** 

 

Certificate 

Legal Office Assisting 

Erin Lynn McCracken** 

 

Certificate 

Medical Office Coding & Procedures 

Tina Starr Beaver*** 

Christina Diana Cox** 

Amanda Morgan Harber** 

Rebecca Leann Lane* 

Ashley L. Mauk* 

Janet I. Moore*** 

Charlotte Gay Mullins* 

Keyleigh Shae Mullins** 

Sierra Devan Mullins** 

Kayla Danielle Thatcher 

Kerri Lee Tompkins* 

 

Certificate 

Practical Nursing 

Dakota Cheyenne Adkins 

Brandi Dawn Baker 

Amanda L. Bartley 

Michelle Denise Berry** 

Alice Rose Carroll* 

Brittany Renee Clayton* 

Rachel Ann Crago 

Stephannie Marie Franklin 

Kristin J. Hall 

Kayla J. Harvey* 

Savannah Lee Jessee 

Amia Marie Lawson* 

Andrew Ryan Meade 

Christy Ann Osborne* 

Kaitlin Reanne Osborne* 

Amira Dawn Perrigan* 

Candace Hope Ramey 

Olivia Tracey Sexton 

Ashley Morgan Sloan 

Janessa Leann Smith 

Alexis Maclae Stanley 

Courtney Jayde Sutherland 

Crystal Renea Zeppa 

 

Certificate 

Welding 

Philip L. Edwards*** 

Justin Wayne Elkins 

Logan Seth Fletcher*** 

Randy W. Kennedy 

John Elliott Mullins 

Career Studies Certificate 

3-D Design 

Daniel S. Cress 

David Mark Grider 

John Glenn Hines III 

Brian Gregory Pearcy 

Caleb I. Richardson 

Kenneth Dalton Sturgill 

Bethany Suzanne Ward 

Career Studies Certificate 

Air Conditioning & Refrigeration 

Billy Junior Austin II 

Dustin M. Buckles 

Brett M. Fields 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Child Development: Infant & Toddler Option 

Melissa Jean Rhoten 

Kimberly Brianna Robinette 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Computer Software Specialist: Mobile Application Development 

Sean Andrew Owens 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Construction 

Sean C. Ratliff 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Cybersecurity 

Jimmy Garland Carico 

Austin Harley Gross 

Roland G. Lovern, Jr. 

James Matthew McCarty 

Beckett Alexander Osborne 

Melissa Lorane Skeens 

Derek Cleve Viers 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Early Childhood Development 

Nikki Elaine Baldwin 

Alyssa Grace Perry 

Kimberly Brianna Robinette 

Ashley Morgan Sloan 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Electricity 

Aaron Michael Brummitt 

Ronald W. Gilliam 

Cody Allen Joseph 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

Curt Aaron Rose 

Brandon R. White 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Emergency Medical Technician – Basic 

Rebekah Rena Christian 

Tyler Scott Dingus 

Audrey LaWanna Dotson 

Margaret Hope Farmer 

Lakin Marie Hope Fritz 

Derrek Bryon Harris 

Robin Renee Lynthlin 

Kaylee Marie Murphy 

Emilie Dorthea Perdue 

Angela Faith Price 

Shelby Jean Roberts 

Mikaeya Faith Williams 

Darrien Cole Yeary 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Emergency Medical Technician- Advanced 

Matthew Richard Corbett 

Tristan Anthony Craiger 

Destiny Nichole Hatfield 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Energy Technology- Electrical Emphasis 

Aaron Michael Brummitt 

Joseph Edward Freeman 

Ronald W. Gilliam 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

Curt Aaron Rose 

Brandon R. White 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Energy Technology- HVAC Emphasis 

Aaron Michael Brummitt 

Ronald W. Gilliam 

Randall Edward Amos Lawson 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Forestry 

Maria D. Powers 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Geographic Information Systems 

Alyson Marie Bergamini 

Susan Mary Brundage 

Mark Anthony Caruso 

Austin Drake Counts 

Jerry Justin Elkins 

Eddie D. Parsons 

Caleb I. Richardson 

Garrett Dalton Shortt 

Bethany Suzanne Ward 

Connor Matthew Wilson 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Health Sciences 

Sarah Elaine Adkins 

Rachaelle Elizabeth Bailey 

Brandi Dawn Baker 

Shamerine Nichole Barber 

Tabatha Brooke Barker 

Rebacca Alice Barnett 

Chelsea Brooke Begley 

Maggie Lee Begley 

Matthew Erin Shayne Bellamy 

Alysia Rachee Benfield 

Aimee Michelle Bishop 

Tiffany Holli Blankenship 

Randall Scott Bradley 

Nichole Ann Cantrell 

Bobbi R. Carroll 

Austin Joe Tyler Caudill 

Allison Caitlin Christian 

Ashley Paige Christian 

Justin Ray Clark 

Emily Rose Collins 

Darien Chase Cottrell 

Morgan Andrea Cox 

Tyler Blake Craft 

Amber Nichole Crihfield 

Whitney Michelle Cross 

Samantha Hope Cupp 

Melissa Marie Cuykendall 

Kelsey Lauren Hope Dean 

Tabitha Lynn Earwood 

Christy Michelle Edwards 

Kayla Denise Edwards 

Morgan Brooke Elliott 

Hannah Niah Fee 

Caleigh Alyssa Fletcher 

Candlyn Michelle Forton 

Lindsey Erin George 

Leighann Michelle Hamilton 

Natalie Athnel Hamilton 

Destiny Nichole Hatfield 

Skylar Blake Hillman 

Madison Louise Hopkins 

Michael Trevor Horner 

Makayla L. Hubbard 

Kaitlyn Grace Jessee 

Chelsea Leeann Jones 

Kimberly L. Jones 

Katherine R. Kegley 

Kara Blake Kennedy 

Amber Marie Kern 

Joycelyn Kimble 

Tyra Latisha Lamb 

Tiffany Lynn Lawson 

Taylor N. Lefevers 

Nancy A. Leftwich 

Autumn Nicole Logsdon 

Timothy Noah Long 

Ashley Brooke Longsworth 

Megan Lorraine Lovell 

Isharah Elise Lundy 

Rachel Anne McCowan 

Alexandrea Eaden Meade 

Samantha Zellar Meade 

Kalyn Nicole Middleton 

Kristal L. Miles 

Alexis Sierra Mullins 

Andrea Leeann Mullins 

April Louise Mullins 

Autumn Nichole Mullins 

Kaleigh Annabelle Mullins 

Gerri LaShae O’Quinn 

Sadra Marie Owens 

Emily Denise Parker 

Amira Dawn Perrigan 

Jerry Austin Perrigan 

Katalin Ann Perry 

Haylee Jay Ann Phillips 

Samantha Faye Phillips 

Ashley Nicole Phipps 

William Logan Poston 

April N. Powers 

Anna Grace Proctor 

Candace Hope Ramey 

Rebecca Rayburn 

Patricia Nicole Repass 

Ashley Lynn Riley 

Brittany Michelle Robinette 

April Michelle Rose 

Briana Rachelle Rose 

Candace Nicole Sanders 

Olivia Tracey Sexton 

Noah Reed Slemp 

Dylan Anthony Smith 

Katherine Shiann Stacey 

Samantha Fae Stallard 

Caitlin Marie Stanley 

Brittany Ann Stapleton 

Chelsey Jo Stapleton 

James A. Stevans 

Tracy Lee Sturgill 

Hope LaShae Tankersley 

Courtney B. Thompson 

Primmel Jackson Wallace 

Brooklyn Paige Warner 

Haven Raye White 

Amanda Dawn Wright 

Emily Rose Yeary 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Law Enforcement Management & Supervision 

Mark Anthony Caruso 

Zachary Grant Clifton 

Gary Wayne Coleman 

Grayson Cuel Cothron 

Stanley D. Lampert 

Jackie M. Mullins 

Justin L. Mullins 

Mark A. Payne 

Raymond T. Perkins 

Curtis B. Tate, Jr. 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Medical Receptionist & Transcriptionist 

Abigail Faye Quillen 

Carrie Ann Quillen 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Medical Records Technician 

Kevin Ray Cooper 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Old Time Music 

Madison A. Childress 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Pharmacy Technician 

Carrie Louise Anderkin 

Cierra Alexsis Barker 

Madison Lynette Bishop 

Elizabeth Anne Carroll 

Brittany LeeAnn Christian 

Lindsay Nicole Dean  

Vanessa Ann Falin 

Abigail Grace Farmer 

Crystal D. Farmer 

Adriana Danielle Fonseca 

Laura Marie Gardner 

Abigail Brooke Gentry 

Sarah Elizabeth Jessee 

Kressa Lynn Johnson 

Brittany Nicole Kennedy 

Haley Morgan Light 

Jennifer Nicole Moore 

Lisa L. Pridemore 

Ashante Nichelle Zander 

Career Studies Certificate 

Phlebotomy 

Carrie Louise Anderkin 

Samantha Jo Austin 

Autumn Brooke Bolling 

Rebecca Lynn Bush 

Misti Dannielle Collins 

Nancy Dale Cox 

Austin Fred Davis, Jr. 

Amber Nicole Fleenor 

Caleigh Alyssa Fletcher 

Laura Marie Gardner 

Mindy L. Hale 

Breanna Kathleen Hensley 

Haley Nicole Isom 

Brooke Nichole Jefferson 

Kaitlyn Grace Jessee 

Erica A. Kennedy 

Emily Ann Lawson 

Tiffany Lynn Lawson 

Haley Breanna Mathes 

Shirley Diane McCoy 

Abigail Faye Quillen 

Kris Samuel Rowe 

Shamber Nicole Schenck 

Gracia Elizabeth Staton 

Alisha Carolyn Taylor 

Melissa A. Tritt 

Crystal A. Wagner 

Primmel Jackson Wallace 

Sydney Grace Wells 

Anna M. Williams 

Career Studies Certificate 

Small Business Management 

Jim Henry Clark 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Software Development I 

Tori Shea Gibson 

Mark Anthony Lane 

Adam S. Lyons 

Sean Andrew Owens 

Charles Howard Smith 

Derek Dewayne Vanover 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Software Development II 

Tori Shea Gibson 

Mark Anthony Lane 

Adam S. Lyons 

Charles Howard Smith 

Derek Dewayne Vanover 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Water Plant Operator 

Jeremy Thomas Long 

LeRoy A. Rice, Jr. 

Zachariah S. Stern 

Douglas P. Towne 

 

Career Studies Certificate 

Welding Operator 

Shannon Dwayne Bishop, Jr. 

Nathaniel Loren Clasby 

Justin Wayne Elkins 

Skylar Hunter Fleming 

Logan Seth Fletcher 

Evan Alexander Jones 

Randy W. Kennedy 

Stephen Austin McCoy 

John Andrew Moore 

Dennis Paul Anthony Mullins 

John Elliott Mullins 

Robert Acie Mullins 

Tia Marie Pennington 

Austin Chase Ramsey 

Austin Tyler Reed 

Stephen Bradley Slayton 

Quincy Howard Thompson 

 

GRADUATION WITH HONORS 

To be eligible for graduation with honors, a student must have at least the following grade point average and complete an associate degree or certificate: 

 

*Honors (cum laude), 3.2 

**High Honors (magna cum laude), 3.5 

***Highest Honors (summa cum laude), 3.8 
+High school students 
 

Individuals have been designated in the program as honor students based on their grade point average at the completion of the semester prior to the one in which they will graduate. 
Students wearing gold tassels are honor students. Students wearing gold stoles are members of Phi Theta Kappa, the international honor society. 

Students wearing red, white, & blue cords are U.S. Military Veterans. 

 

WORKFORCE CREDENTIALS 
The students whose names appear below have completed a workforce credential program. 

Commercial Driver’s License 

Taylor Douglas Alsup 

Christopher Ryan Anderson 

James Lee Bass 

Michael James Branham 

Austin Tyler Brown 

Levi Joseph Castle 

Anthony Paul Clark 

Adam Corey Dutton 

Bryn Alexandra Genco 

Trevor Layne Hamm 

Cory Ryan Hensley 

Nathan Ryan Hill 

John Ethan Hillman 

Bradley Kevin Holmes 

William Thomas Jones 

Ethan Scot Kegley 

Nathaniel Drake Kennedy 

Payton Lee Chandon McGraw 

Justin Michael Miles 

Ronal Peyton Minor 

Noah K. Moore 

Isaac Nash Rasnick 

Sean C. Ratliff 

Aaron Carter Rose 

John David Snodgrass, Jr. 

Gauge Lee Stiltner 

Bailey S. Thomas 

Jakob D. Thompson 

Josh Shane Wells 

Chantry Coy Williams 

 

Emergency Medical Technician 

Alva Clay Langley, Jr. 

Katherine Lynn Reuille 

William Adam Reuille 

 

Nursing Assistant 

Toni Dawn Anderson 

Madison Brooke Carter 

Lisa Ann Gilliam 

Sandra Kay Green 

Emilee Brooke Justus 

Kip Sutherland Kiser 

Lori Jane Mullins 

Kristen Nicole Stallard 

Meloney Elise Swinney 

Chassity Rebecca Lynn Tarpley 

Dollie M. Thompson 

Alexis Grace Todd 

Amanda Marie Vanover 

 

Power Lineman 

Taylor Douglas Alsup 

Christopher Ryan Anderson 

Michael James Branham 

Austin Tyler Brown 

Levi Joseph Castle 

Anthony Paul Clark 

Adam Corey Dutton 

Bryn Alexandra Genco 

Trevor Layne Hamm 

Cory Ryan Hensley 

Nathan Ryan Hill 

John Ethan Hillman 

Bradley Kevin Holmes 

William Thomas Jones 

Ethan Scot Kegley 

Nathaniel Drake Kennedy 

Payton Lee Chandon McGraw 

Justin Michael Miles 

Ronal Peyton Minor 

Noah K. Moore 

Isaac Nash Rasnick 

Sean C. Ratliff 

Aaron Carter Rose 

John David Snodgrass, Jr. 

Gauge Lee Stiltner 

Bailey S. Thomas 

Jakob D. Thompson 

Josh Shane Wells 

Chantry Coy Williams 

(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 of business leaders to put a positive step forward toward their first jobs in our region,” said Valerie Lee, President at the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management.

Positive Interview Attire

Mrs. Lee states that many graduates entering the job market are stressed enough with the initial interview. Let’s put them at ease and give them a positive step toward getting that first job by providing them with appropriate interview attire. SWVA SHRM and MECC, who is awarding 668 individuals on May 10th, recently committed to helping as many students as possible take that next step from college to the workforce. These organizations would like to remind everyone that the rule of thumb for interview attire is one step up from that company’s day-to-day dress code. For a professional position, this means a suit and tie, dress pants and a nice blouse, or a dress. If an interview attire should be business casual, wear slacks and a button-down shirt or blouse. For the non-professional, casual dress codes include khakis and a polo or blouse. Jackets always dress up casual attire. Clothing that is flashy, too bright, or risky might not result in a successful interview. SWVA SHRM would like to thank the Norton VEC Employers Advisory Committee and all the business professionals who participated in the March 28th Results Driven Leadership Employer Conference, whose conference proceeds provided the funding for this support.

Founded in 1984, the Southwest Virginia Chapter of the Society of Human Resource Management is the local chapter of SHRM National. Our group seeks to provide area human resource professionals and business leaders with useful information, education and energizing discussions related to the HR field. For more information on this organization, please visit www.swva.shrm.org.

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 #10 will win a 2019 Jeep Renegade sponsored by Auto World of Big Stone Gap. There is also a prize of $1,000 for hitting to within 12 inches of the pin on Hole #10. If more than one player accomplishes this feat, the prize money will be divided among the winners.

Registration will begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:15 a.m. The tournament will be Captain’s Choice and will feature two flights and two places. There will be “most accurate drive” and “closest to the pin” prizes.

The entry fee of $100 per person includes a continental breakfast, golf shirt, cart and green fees, luncheon, goodie bag of snacks, most accurate drive and closest to the pin contests, and entrance into the drawing for the $500 cash prize to be given away at the end of the tournament. Golfers must be present to win the cash prize. Shirts for the tournament are sponsored by Glass Machinery & Excavation, Inc. of Jonesville, Virginia.

A delicious lunch will be served following the tournament. During that time, golfers may bid on unique and interesting items including art, sports memorabilia, and spa packages during the live auction. There will also be a silent auction which will begin during the continental breakfast and continue throughout the event.

Tournament Sponsorship is available at four levels – Bronze, Silver, Gold, and Platinum for financial support in the amounts of $500, $1,000, and $2,500, and $5,000 and above respectively. All tournament sponsors will receive a complimentary team(s) and will be recognized during the tournament welcome and in the printed materials for the tournament.

Other sponsorships are available. Please visit the MECC Foundation website at www.meccfoundation.org for more information, to become a sponsor, or to register a team. 

Registrations may also be faxed to 276-523-7485, e-mailed to Jeri Bledsoe at jbledsoe@mecc.edu, or completed by phone at 276-523-2400, extension 287.

Individuals or businesses who would like to sponsor the tournament, provide an item for the auction, or receive more information may contact Jeri Bledsoe, Tournament Coordinator, by telephone or e-mail as indicated in the previous paragraph.

 

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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 single mother in her thirties with only a high school education. After graduating from MECC, Belcher graduated Summa Cum Laude in 2015 from UVA-Wise, earning a Bachelor’s Degree in Liberal Arts and Sciences with a Concentration in Mathematics and Teaching Endorsements in PK-12, Special Education, Middle School Mathematics, and High School Mathematics.

In 2017, she graduated Summa Cum Laude from Aurora University, earning a Master’s Degree in Mathematics Education. She is currently in the dissertation sequence at Northcentral University where she will earn her PhD in Education with a specialization in Curriculum and Teaching in late 2019. She has maintained a 4.0 GPA in her graduate work.

Belcher currently teaches mathematics at Ridgeview High School in Dickenson County where she assists more than 40 at-risk youth earn high school diplomas. She is also an employee of UVA-Wise Upward Bound Program where she teaches at-risk youth in several mathematics classes and heads up several STEM projects.

Belcher formerly worked for nearly 12 years with local non-profit agencies serving at-risk youth, victims of domestic violence and sexual assault, and the local homeless population. Additionally, she is a GLOBE certified instructor in the areas of atmosphere, biosphere, hydrosphere, and pedosphere.

Previous years outstanding Alumni of the Year winners include, Dr. Patricia Vanhook, Faculty, East Tennessee State University; Dr. Amanda Graham, Online Instructor, Kaplan University; and Rohini Sampooman Swaminathan, United Nations Institute for Training and Research. For more information, contact the MECC Foundation at 276.523.7466 or visit www.meccfoundation.org.

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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 the cohort must enroll for the Summer 2019 semester which begins this June. 

MECC is pleased to announce the following students are completing the requirements for a Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy. The Spring 2019 Phlebotomy cohort graduates are: 

Abigail Quillen, Tiffany Lawson, Misti Collins, Autumn Bolling, Shirley McCoy, Shamber Schenck, Sydney Wells, Rebecca Bush, Alisha Taylor, Gracia Staton, Sam Rowe, Haley Mathes. Not pictured: Kaitlyn Jessee 

For more information on MECC’s Phlebotomy program or other health science programs, contact Sarah ClarkstonHealth Sciences Advisor at 276-523-7456 or by email at sclarkston@mecc.edu. 

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Mountain Empire Community College to Host Trip to England, Ireland, & Scotland in 2020

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will lead an international travel excursion to England, Ireland, & Scotland in May 2020. The trip is open to students and community members. This 10-day trip will feature stops in London, Dublin, Edinburgh and visits to Stonehenge, Windsor Castle, St. Andrews and much more. The majority of expenses (lodging, airfare, and most meals) are included. This is an amazing opportunity to travel abroad with a group at a low cost! Scholarships are available for students who have at least a 3.0 GPA and 12 credit hours completed. Additional scholarships are available for students who reside in Dickenson County. Payment plans are available. For more information, or to enroll, visit www.mecc.edu/travel or call Amy Greear, Vice President of Institutional Advancement, at 276.523.2400 ext. 740.

 

 

MECC Foundation to Honor the Late Dr. Brownie and Barbara Polly at annual Hall of Honor Gala event

Dr. Brownie and Barbara Polly

Dr. Brownie and Barbara Polly

Photo of Brownie and Barbara Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will honor the late Dr. Brownie Edward Polly, Jr. and Barbara Creasy Polly at the annual Hall of Honor Gala on Saturday evening, April 13, 2019.

The gala theme is “Bow Ties and Broadway,” and proceeds from the event will create the Dr. Brownie and Barbara Polly Cultural and Humanities Endowment at MECC, which will support student and community events that promote the preservation and continuation of Southwest Virginia’s unique cultural heritage while also exposing the region to varied cultural and historical mediums. Events will include the John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival, MECC’s Mountain Music School, the Home Craft Days Festival, the Slemp Art Gallery, programming specifically for student and community veterans, as well as other guest speakers that will contribute to the enrichment of students and varying audiences. In addition, the endowment will support scholarships for students enrolling in music or arts-related coursework.

Mistress of Ceremonies for the Hall of Honor Gala will be noted Big Stone Gap author, Adriana Trigiani.
The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp Commons of Phillips-Taylor Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a full-course buffet dinner in the Goodloe Center at 6:45 p.m. A short recognition program will follow dinner and precede the musical entertainment of the evening, a concert by John and Mary K Wilson.

The Pollys will be recognized for their leadership and service to the region in cultural and civic affairs in Big Stone Gap and in Southwest Virginia. As a member of the Big Stone Gap Music Study Club, Barbara was instrumental in the production of annual Broadway musicals utilizing only local talent. In 1964, she became involved in the new outdoor musical drama in Big Stone Gap based on John fox, Jr.’s novel, “The Trail of the Lonesome Pine.” She played the lead role of June Tolliver for the first five seasons. That began a lifelong relationship with the drama and its parent organization, Lonesome Pine Arts and Crafts. In 1970, when John Fox, Jr.’s sister passed away at the family home in Big Stone Gap, Barbara negotiated the purchase of the home and created the John Fox, Jr. House and Museum. To help pay the mortgage and defray expenses, the Fox House went into the dining business with Barbara and other volunteers providing private dinners.

In 1967, after failed attempts by others to charter a Cub Scout pack, Barbara successfully helped to re-charter a Cub Scout pack in Big Stone Gap. She remained involved in scouting for 18 years as a Den Mother and a scouting leader, eventually receiving the Silver Beaver Award, the highest award in scouting. The Cub Scout pack continues today.

Barbara was certified to teach high school, and in 1977 she returned to teaching at Powell Valley High School, where she taught English and instructed the One Act Play team for the next two years. She left teaching and began selling real estate, eventually becoming a broker. She was Realtor of the Year in 1999 for the Southwest Virginia Association of Realtors.

Brownie was Valedictorian of his Big Stone Gap High School graduating class, and was quarterback of the football team. He was a founding board member of Lonesome Pine Hospital, and was inducted into the inaugural class of the Three Star Wellmont Hall of Fame in 2001. He was named to the Board of Visitors of the University of Virginia in 1970, and also served on the boards of Clinch Valley College (now UVa-Wise) and Mountain Empire Community College. He also served on the board of directors of the Wise County Mental Health Association and was a member of the Big Stone Gap Kiwanis Club for 68 years, serving as President, and being named Kiwanian of the Year. In his later years, he enjoyed delivering meals for Meals on Wheels. He coached Little League Baseball and Peanut Football. He was an active member of Trinity United Methodist Church in Big Stone Gap, serving on a number of committees. In addition, he served the people of Wise County for 42 years in his dental practice.

Brownie was an avid sports fan, golfer, and bird hunter. He was a diehard University of Tennessee football fan and Cincinnati Reds baseball fan. He also enjoyed grouse hunting on Black Mountain. He was a past president of Lonesome Pine Country Club.

Gala tickets and event sponsorship opportunities are available. Please call or e-mail Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation office, 276-523-2400, extension 287, jbledsoe@mecc.edu, or visit the MECC Foundation website online at http://www.meccfoundation.org/mecc-foundation-gala/. Tickets are $75 each. Sponsorships start at $500.

If you have questions, or need additional information about the event, please contact Jeri Bledsoe in the MECC Foundation Office at 276-523-2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

 

MECC Students Participate in Alternative Spring Break

alt spring breakBig 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 five days, the team demoed the existing interior, tore down and replaced siding, and demoed and replaced the entire front porch.
The MECC students who participated were: Kylee Bundy, Alex Haley, Tanner Lawson, Caleb Richardson, and Cameo Smith. Students applied for the team during the Fall 2018 semester and were invited to participate in the service trip, which took place from March 3-9, 2019, during MECC’s Spring Break. The team got to work with volunteers from Eastern University in Philadelphia, PA and learned valuable skills from the Habitat Greensboro professional construction crew.
The MECC team worked hard all week, but managed to find some time for fun as well. The team sampled some cuisine that many had never tried before, participated in an escape room game (and escaped with barely a minute to spare), and got to attend an ACC Women’s Basketball Tournament game.
For more information regarding MECC’s Alternative Spring Break or other student activities, please contact Kari Paschetto, Great Expectations and Student Activities Coordinator, at 276.523.2400 ext. 422.
Photo caption:
Final Day: The final day of work! L-R from back – Caleb Richardson, Tanner Lawson, Alex Haley, Kemper Edwards, Cameo Smith, Kylee Bundy, Kari Paschetto, Shawn Singer (Habitat Greensboro), Tandy Brown (Habitat Greensboro)
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