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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MECC Donates Biology Kits to Local High Schools

Lee High School

Lee High School

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College recently donated fifteen biology labs kits to local dual enrollment high school biology classes to provide students with hands-on experiments to enhance their learning experience.

MECC Biology Assistant Professor Dr. Stacy Adams said she was inspired to donate the equipment during a visit to one of the MECC general biology classes being taught at a local high school. She learned it is sometimes difficult for instructors to purchase supplies for the required laboratory component of sciences courses and she wanted to help.

“Serendipity must have prevailed,” said Adams. “The MECC bookstore provided fifteen biology lab kits to the MECC biology department soon after my visit. For me, the next step I would take was a no-brainer; it only made sense to pay it forward by offering these kits to our local high schools where the

Gate City High School

Gate City High School

MECC General Biology I and II courses (BIO 101 and BIO 102) are being taught.”

The kits, which include all the materials needed to conduct eighteen different experiments, from general laboratory safety to ecological interactions, were recently presented to teachers Ashley Burke at Gate City High School, Amanda Horton at Lee High School, and Denise Carter at Thomas Walker High School.  Five kits went to each school. Adams said the kits were a hit with students immediately.

Adams noted that according to a survey of science students completed by the American Association for the Advancement of Science, students learn concepts better in the hands-on laboratory setting. The students at each local high school where the kits were presented wanted to start working on the experiments immediately.

“This donation is just one of the many ways that MECC supports its surrounding communities and embodies the slogan, MECC Proud” said Adams.

Thomas Walker High School

Thomas Walker High School

MECC To Host Quick Start to College Course

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College offers a free Quick Start to College class designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll.

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

Monday & Wednesday afternoons (11:05 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.) February 4 – February 27

    • February 4 & 6 – Orientation and Campus Information
    • February 11 – English Skills
    • February 13 – Math Skills
    • February 18 & 20- Computer Skills
    • February 25 & 27 – Career Exploration & College Success 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.

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MECC Offers Quick Start to College

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:

Monday & Wednesday afternoons (11:05 a.m. – 12:20 p.m.) February 4 – February 27

    • February 4 & 6 – Orientation and Campus Information
    • February 11 – English Skills
    • February 13 – Math Skills
    • February 18 & 20- Computer Skills
    • February 25 & 27 – Career Exploration & College Success 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.

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MECC To Host Transfer & Career Fair

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

Attend the fair to ask questions regarding employment 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

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MECC Announces Honor’s List for the Fall 2018 Semester

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

 

APPALACHIA: Peyton Hylton and Camrynn Russell.

BEN HUR: Verona Swindall.

BIG STONE GAP: Amber Boring, Caitlyn Clymer, Bryson Cothron, Matthew Dupree, Kaylee Garrison, Audrey Gilliam, Jacob Goodman, Christopher Hall, Cassidy Holcomb, Lonijonli Kern, Tanner Lawson, Elizabeth Lester, Megan Lovell, Michael Martin, Kaeli McKinney, Autumn Meade, Alli Miller, Sean Owens, Larissa Phillips, David Quillen, Austin Schlobohm, and Alicia Wynn.

CAMERON, NC: Matthew Green.

CASTLEWOOD: Jessica Maples and Hannah Maxfield.

CLINCHCO: Nicole Owens and Makayla Smith.

CLINTWOOD: Vanessa Blevins, Nikole Counts, Jacob Dotson, John Dotson, Curtis Edwards, Emily Elswick, Miana Fleming, Kayla Little, Selena Moore, Noah Mullins, Ronnie Robbins, Kerri Tompkins, and Eric Watkins.

COEBURN: Laken Austin, Amanda Bartley, Cassidy Farmer, Logan Greear, James McCarty, Lindsey Meade, Kirklyn Milgrim, Sierra Mullins, Darrian Richardson, Nathan Sanders, Vickie Smith, Hunter Stanley, and Kendra Stanley.

DUFFIELD: Michelle Berry, Shannon Bishop, Caleb Dillon, Caleigh Fletcher, Grace Isbel, Cieara Posey, Madison Rowe, and Rufus Williams.

DUNGANNON: Abigail Farmer.

FT. BLACKMORE: Teara Austin.

GATE CITY: Brittany Baker, April Bull, Stephanie Falin, Alexis Flanary, Yesha Gardner, Tia Jenkins, Sarah Jessee, Jennifer Moore, William Painter, Austin Reed, and Joshua Winston.

HAYSI: Sarah Adkins, Lindsey Wood, and Cody Woods.

HILTONS: Amelia Stockard.

JONESVILLE: Jeffrey Crumley, Cindy Hawkes, Ashlyn Lee, Kendra Maness, Kalli Marcum, Jackson Porter, Jeffrey Rowlett, Bethany Ward, and Tanya Woodard.

KINGSPORT, TN: Alexa-Caroline Sexton and Heather Sigmon.

NICKELSVILLE: Whitney Hufnagle and Cameron Smith.

NORTON: Paloma Barongan, Autumn Bolling, Cassie Carroll, Christopher Castle, Joshua Greene, Brittany Kennedy, Logan Lagow, Caitlynn Maggard, Regan Phipps, Bryson Roberson, Julia Sturgill, Emily Trent, Davina Vanover, and Aidan Wells.

PENNINGTON GAP: Katherine Anderson, Andrew Barrier, Jim Clark, Joshua Clark, Alex Haley, and Noah Harber.

POUND: Samantha Austin, Destiney Barnett, Michael Branham, Skylar Fleming, Emily Hobbs, Adrian Mullins, Garrett Shortt, Benjamin Stallard, Chase Strouth, and Derek Vanover.

ROSE HILL: Hallie Hembree.

ST. PAUL: Brandon Armistead, Grace McCowan, and Melissa Meade.

WEBER CITY: Katherine Roberts.

 

MECC announces fall semester Merit List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College Merit List for the fall 2018 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.

APPALACHIA: Thomas Adkins , Chelsea Ashley, Ethan Bowman, Zoe Brooks, Teagan Carter, Abigail Hall, Faith Hamblin, Christopher Holmes, Caleb Johnson, Amia Lawson, Leigh-Anne McDaniel, Kassidy Mullins, Kris Rowe, Samantha Sizemore, Victoria Sizemore, Cameo Smith, Gayce Snyder, Megan Snyder, and Christian Worley.

BEN HUR: Jacklyn Hall, Christopher Short, Jamie Stapleton, and Anthony Swindall.

BIG STONE GAP: Hannah Austin, Greyson Baker, Sierra Baker, Alexis Barker, Clay Barker, James Baugh, Evan Blanton, Rachel Blanton, Dominick Brooks, Lauren Bryant, Madison Childress, Justin Clark, Joseph Collins, Cody Cox, Ashley Cusano, Steven Davis, Abbi Dickenson, Aaron Earwood, Rebekah Earwood, Jacob Falin, Zoe Falin, Adrianna Fields, Brett Fields, Tori Gibson, Saylor Gilly, Connor Giza, Andrew Goodman, Ethan Harris, Olivia Harvey, Nathaniel Hersel, Matthew Holding, Emily Hurd, Emily Hylton, Haley Isom, Tyra Lamb, Owen Lawson, Randall Lawson, Keerston Lovell, Brandi Matheison, Hallyce McCoo, Emily Meade, Kenneth Meade, Krista Meredith, Lisa Milanese, Noah Moneyhun, Jeffery Morgan, Brayden Mozingo, Ashlyn Mullins, Caroline Mullins, Luke Needham, Beckett Osborne, Madison Pease, Hunter Phillips, Koby Poff, Haley Quillen, Kirsten Record, Melissa Rhoten, James Richardson, Devin Robinette, Benjamin Roman, Jessica Seabright, Cassandra Shelton, Noah Slemp, Whitney Slemp, Wes Smith, Rylie Spears, Rebecca Stapleton, Sydney Stapleton, Devan Summers, Emily Thomas, and Rebecca Perry.

BIRCHLEAF: Jeromy Fletcher, Colby Hackney, Raegan Rasnick, and Camdyn Sykes.

BLACKWATER: Victoria Manis, Rebekah Moore, and Joshua Winegar.

BREAKS: Hunter Fleming.

BRISTOL, VA: Madisson Lawson, Cameron Lovelace, Zachary Rice, and Alisha Taylor.

CALHOUN, GA: Erik Henson and Jeremy Long.

CASTLEWOOD: Allison Compton, Sydney Laney, and Shenia Sifford.

CHESTERFIELD: Richard Hatfield.

CHURCH HILL, TN: Sarah Adkins, Ashley Baggatta, and Lauren Dockery.

CLINCHCO: Mary Bise, Cheyenne Blansett, Amber Hill, CheyAnn McCowan, and Christian Sayers.

CLINTWOOD: Harold Abshire, Heather Baker, Jennifer Barry, Caitlin Bradford, Kalianna Brooks, Justin Browning, Dakota Cantrell, Savannah Clark, Gabriel Counts, James Crabtree, Amber Crihfield, Bethany Davis, Christy Edwards, Philip Edwards, Zoe Fleming, Max Fletcher, Tiffany French, Dawson Hillyer, Jordan Moore, Amy Mullins, Brycen Mullins, Dalton Mullins, Harley Mullins, John Mullins, Madison Mullin, Ashton O’Quinn, Cassidy O’Quinn, Ashley Phipps, William Poston, Trenton Robinson, Katie Stanley, Samantha Stanley, Bailey Thomas, David Vance, Tonya Wallace, Kody Whitt, and Amanda Willis.

COEBURN: Emily Adams, Joseph Anderson, Kayla Barnette, Connor Blevins, Spencer Boggs, Carrie Boyd, Clara Brown, Ashley Christian, Adam Clark, Adam Couch, Misty Counts, Timothy Counts, Lindsay Dean, Amber Freeman, Kiarra Gibson, Austin Gross, Christian Hale, Mindy Hale, Tammy Hale, Wendy Hill, Fallon Jacobs, Austin Jenkins, Kayley Johnson, James Kilgore, Ariel Lawson, Dalton Lawson, Halee Lawson, Elizabeth McReynolds, Nathan Minor, Julianna Morris, Katherine Perry, Madison Powers, Brandon Pridemore, Lisa

Pridemore, Austin Ramsey, Daniel Roberson, Daniel Rose, Ruth Rutherford, Gerald Salyer, Hannah Salyers, Stephanie Santos, Kaylee Sexton, Caitlin Stanley, Hope Stidham, Joshua Stidham, Megan Vandyke, Aaron Williams, Tiffany Woods, and Jolie Zosky.

DANTE: Anthony Kiser, Brett Newton, Isaac Rasnick, Lauren Rasnick, and Ayden Vitatoe.

DRYDEN: Jordan Arnold, Austin Caudill, Kevin Cooper, Destiny Fee, Hannah Fee, Randy Kennedy, Ryan Messer, Baylee Robinette, Brittany Stapleton, and Jennifer Ward.

DUFFIELD: Damon Ballard, Jesse Barnette, Chelsea Begley, Alexis Bledsoe, Savannah Bowen, Alisha Burchfield, Dennis Carden, Christian Caudill, Krista Collins, Christina Cox, Britni Early, Isaiah Fritz, Tyler Hammonds, Savanna Hass, Rachel Hubbard, Ammon Huish, Autumn Johnson, William Love, Haley Mathes, Marlin McComas, Preston McElyea, Faith Miles, Brian Pearcy, Vicki Pearcy, Ethan Rhoton, Sarah Shuler, Ethan Sloan, Makenna Smith, Tyler Starnes, Lydia Tankersley, Tyler Williams, Connor Wilson, and Cheyanne Wolf.

DUNGANNON: Joanna Begley, Lauryn McCoy, and Kirstin Stansberry.

EAST STONE GAP: Tiffany Colvard and Jacob Fox.

EOLIA, KY: Prince Miranda.

EWING: Isaac Allen, Rachel Engle, and Destiny Hatfield.

FT. BLACKMORE: Summer Dean, Michael Griffin, John Hillman, Abigail Quillen, Kari Rhoton, and Kara Smith.

GATE CITY: Joules Bagienski, Jeremy Benjamin, Callie Blessing, Christopher Chandler, Olivia Dishner, Autumn Elliott, Vanessa Falin, Jason Fields, Katelyn Hall, Ashley Mauk, Skylar McNutt, Regina Meade, Marah Mullins, Emma Odle, Teresa Phillips, Brady Porter, Johnny Ramsey, Rachel Reid, Patricia Repass, Kaleb Saez, Elizabeth Salyers, Channa Sanders, Haley Smith, Lindsay Starnes, Deneta Taylor, and Jakob Thompson.

GLEN ALLEN: Toby Bryant.

HARROGATE, TN: Dennis Sandefur.

HAYSI: Amanda Fleming, Taylor Fuller, Raegan Lamkin, Stefanie Mullins, Kloe Rife, Alexis Souleyrette, Matney Sutherland, and Hayli Wright.

HILTONS: Dylon Clark, Noah Jones, Brianna Rife, and Mckenzie Turner.

JENKINS, KY: Matthew Corbett.

JOHNSON CITY, TN: Zachrey Carter.

JONESVILLE: Taylor Alsup, Olivia Baker, Ryan Bales, Benjamin Bowles, Taylor Bowles, Jasmine Brewer, Cortny Carder, Elizabeth Carroll, Alyssa Clark, Tanner Cope, Shawn Daniels, Mackenzie Davis, Asia Dean, Bronwen Fischer, Cassie Flinders, Dewayne Garrett, Sarah Graham, Jordan Hampton, Melanie Harber, Brandi Herrell, Sydnie Hines, Haileigh Hounshell, Miranda Howard, Morgan Jessee, Ethan Kilgore, Hannah Martin, Abigail Middleton, Justin Miles, Ronald Minor, Mikenzie Mooneyhan, Kayla Moore, Zackary Moore, Kimberly Muncy, Bailey Nash, Tonya Nash, Abigayle Nighswander, Connor Pendergraft, Callie Perkins, Canaan Phillips, Gage Pittman, Taylor Province, Vicki Rutledge, Kaleb Sharrett, Shauna Vowell, Kayla Weston, Emily Wilder, and Darrien Yeary.

KEOKEE: Nancy Cox, Leah Lane, and Emily Whisman.

KINGSPORT, TN: Piper Banks, Gracie Bass, Kenneth Essick, Madison Grizzle, Jocie Hunley, Mark Jones, Isharah Lundy, and Shyanne Van Heel.

LEBANON: Jacqueline Hampton.

McCLURE: Clinton Counts.

MECHANICSVILLE: LeRoy Rice.

NICKELSVILLE: Steven Boyd, Lakin Castle, Levi Castle, Kenzie Crusenberry, Joshua Daugherty, Jared Helbert, Sherrie Horchak, Ethan Kegley, Corbin Kilgore, Carol Larson, and Mackenzie Warner.

NORA: Tonya Lundy, Crystal McCoy, Tiffany Pigott, and Mckenzie Sproles.

NORTH CHESTERFIELD: Douglas Towne.

NORTON: Allison Baker, Caleb Barnette, Madison Bohnert, Summer Bower, Abreena Burchfield, James Campbell, Ethan Cates, Roland Cochrane, Wendy Cooke, Ashley Crabtree, Tyler Craft, Daniel Cress, Landon Elkins, Morgan Fawbush, Lillian Hall, Nathaniel Herron, Autumn Hill, Akyssa Hollinger, Beylee Jenkins, Amy Jones, Alexander Kennedy, Savahanna Kern, Kaitlyn Laney, Kammee Lindsey, Makayla Martinez, Shacodi Mays, Harper McCall, Markie Miller, Brayden Mullins, Sydney Mullins, Elizabeth Owens, Sydney Phillips, Andrew Price, Jaden Pritchard, Summer Rhodes, Shelli Roberts, Caelen Robinette, Stacy Robinson, Jeremy Shepherd, Dasanye Smith, Ryland Smith, Trinity Smith, Sadiki Steele, Bailey Sturgill, Lauren Webb, Hannah Wells, Josh Wells, Caleb Williams, and Maggie Williams.

PENNINGTON GAP: Timothy Smith, Alanah Aldridge, Haley Anderson, Brandi Bundy, Gracie Calton, Misti Collins, Tonya Counts, Larissa Crider, Brianna Deirth, Kenley Eisenmenger, Walker Feck, Letcher Jackson, Mary Litton, Ashley Longsworth, Shannon McQueen, Robert Parker, Katherine Pridemore, Kandace Quillen, Curtis Reece, Tracy Reece, Cassie Rogers, Matthew Rowe, Hailey Saylor, Michael Snodgrass, Dawnna Stebbins, Austin Wells, Andrew Williams, Morgan Woliver, and Angie Zhang.

POUND: TJordan Bishop, Ethan Bolling, Nickolas Britton, Hannah Carter, Autumn Frazier, Tara Gibson, Hunter Grant, Elijah Hayes, Alexa Lester, Janet Moore, Dylan Mullins, Hannah Mullins, Olivia Mullins, Olivia Mullins, Maria Powers, Amber Quillen, Ashley Riley, Carlene Salyers, Maranda Strouth, Olivia Strouth, Katelyn Sturgill, Matthew Sturgill, and Skylar Sturgill.

RAPHINE: Michelle Basham.

ROANOKE: Shane Roberts.

ROSE HILL: Robin Cottrell, Taylor Hensley, Pamela Hurst, Morgan Rouse, and Tammy Thomas.

ST. CHARLES: Jalaina Jessee and Erika Wilson.

ST. PAUL: Matthew Bellamy, Nancy Leftwich, Belinda Levy, Rachel McCowan, Carissa Mullins, Edward Ward, and Vegas Weigle.

SURGOINSVILLE, TN: Rick Barrett.

TRUSSVILLE, AL: Hollis Prosser.

WEBER CITY: Cori Baker, Megan Burton, Brooke-Lynn Cooper, Tapanga Gillenwater, Katalin Perry, and Isaac Stapleton.

WHITESBURG, KY: Savannah Day.

WISE: Olivia Basham, Madison Beller, Rebecca Bush, Dustin Carter, Emma Chandler, Anthony Clark, Constance Collins, Eden Collins, Christopher Conner, William Darnell, Monica Darter, Andrew Deel, Reagan Dotson, Adam Dutton, Sidney Flanary, Chloe Gonzalez-Prince, Michaela Hall, Cassandra Hamilton, Leighann Hamilton, Jordan Harrison, Nathan Hill, Thomas Hillman, Tyler Hopkins, Athena Horne, Madeline Hubbard, Bryan Jones, Stephenson Jones, Patrick Labong, Nicholas Ledford, Roland Lovern, Shirley McCo, Kayleigh McNew, Tristan Miller, Courtney Miniard, Thelma Moore, Alexis Mullins, Amanda Murphy, Alexander Pritchard, Nickolas Ramey, Natalie Rhodes, Kimberly Robinette, Aaron Rose, Saidee Sexton, Macey Sheppard, Connor Short, Elle Smith, Chassay Stafford, Timothy Sturgill, Clara Taylor, Jillian Taylor, Joshua Tille, Jordan Wampler, Rachel Ward, Alexander Wheatley, and Austin Yeary.

 

MECC announces fall semester President’s List

The following students have been named to the Mountain Empire Community College President’s List for the fall 2018 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: Brittany Christian, Jason Johnson, Nathaniel Mullins, Shamber Schenck, and Brittany Worley-Johnson.

BEAVERDAM: Zachariah Stern.

BIG STONE GAP: Nikki Baldwin, Jacob Coomer, Jerry Elkins, Krystina Gangl, Samantha Hampton, Lauren Harkleroad, Alissa Hatfield, John Head, Amanda Hopson, Titus Houston, David Kelley, Danielle Lamb, Kara Mullins, Madison Shuler, John Snodgrass, Jared Sullivan, and Kelvin Vo.

BIRCHLEAF: Kayla Combs.

BLACKWATER: Jennifer Napier.

CLINCHCO: Angela Carico.

CLINTWOOD: Tammy Cochran, Kayla Dunivan, Bryn Genco, Jonathan Large, Travis Powers, Cynthia Ratcliffe, Tiffany Rose, Amelia Strouth, Haley Sykes, Kaley Sykes, and Deidra Wallace.

COEBURN: Christopher Anderson, Tyler Bright, Caleb Carico, Lyndsey Fuller, John Kilgore, Sheila Slemp, Kevin Smith, Savannah Varney, and Megan Wheatley.

DRYDEN: Trevor Hamm and Tyler Shuler.

DUFFIELD: Aaron Best, Rebekah Bush, Veronica Canto, Miranda Gilbert, Deana Haines, Zachary Hammonds, Cory Hensley, Mark Lane, Sarah Lane, Adam Lyons, Joshua Rivers, Kassidy Sharpe, Cody Smith, Kevin Stanley, and Caitlin Summey.

ERMINE, KY: Joshua Ferris.

GATE CITY: Melinda Babb, Kylee Bundy, Courtney Cassell, Zachary Davidson, Nathan Godsey, Brandi Osborne, Melissa Skeens, and Angela Vanzant.

HAYSI: Candlyn Forton, Brandy Presley, Gauge Stiltner, and Jacob Yates.

HILTONS: Chelsea Mann and Phyllis McGlothlin.

JONESVILLE: Jerry Allen, Nickolas Arney, Kaitlyn Cox, Samantha Cupp, Amanda Harber, Kelly Harvel, Caleb Haynes, Evan Jones, Ginger Krovich, Joshua Ledford, Timothy Long, Noah Middleton, William Miles, Amber Morris, and Katharine Wall.

KINGSPORT, TN: Breanna Bernard, Jessica Castle, Kierra Knight, and Heather Overbay.

LEBANON: Austin Brown.

MOUNT CARMEL, TN: Nathaniel Kennedy.

NICKELSVILLE: Jeremy Herron.

NORTON: Lydia Blair-James, Mark Caruso, Tyler Dingus, Megan Dockery, Savana Edwards, Haley Hammonds, Tiffany Lawson, Curt Rose, Mary Stuedemann, Sydney Wells, Caleb Williams, and Chantry Williams.

PENNINGTON GAP: Brynna Bundy, Leanna Eldridge, Bradley Holmes, Noah Moore, Lisa Scott, and Ricky Starrett.

POUND: Carrie Adams, Marissa Bolling, Christopher Cantrell, Heather Cox, D’Anna Cvetnich, Justin Elkins, Melissa Freeman, Bethani Kiser, Payton McGraw, Brittany Meade, Keyleigh Mullins, Samuel Powers, Elijah Stallard, and Ashley Vanover.

ROSE HILL: Summer Corbin, Caitlyn Green, and Brian Humphrey.

ST. PAUL: Erik Jones and Jasmyne Turner.

STONEGA: April Bailey.

VIRGINIA BEACH: Dona Inzerillo.

WISE: Jackson Baker, Tina Beaver, Aaron Brummitt, Sandra Collins, Kelsey Dean, Jazmine Fannin, Lillian Hall, Skylar Hillman, Erin McCracken, Heather Phipps, Brooklyn Porter, Kayla Powers, Nathaniel Ramey, Ethan Salyer, Emma Snodgrass, Gabe Stafford, Noah Sturgill, and Tiffany Wampler.

MECC Receives Go Virginia Grant Recommendation to Support Smart Farming Training

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the GO Virginia Region One Council’s recent approval of a $310,371.84 grant to establish Smart Farming at the Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia (CWIA).

Located in the Town of Appalachia in the former Appalachia Elementary School, the CWIA will be a satellite training facility to enable Mountain Empire Community College to expand many of its existing programs, as well as launch several new programs. The GO Virginia funding request will support MECC and its partners to establish the Smart Farming program, focused on using drone technology for agricultural purposes, which will allow the College to expand their Unmanned Systems program.

The concept of “Smart Farming” involves the use of technology to improve farming techniques, increase yields, and maximize profits. The program will involve a two-step process of data collection using drone technology and data analysis using the new Agricultural Science Laboratory. The addition of the Smart Farming courses will enable MECC to develop the first Unmanned Aerial Systems Associate Degree program in the Virginia Community College System and the only such program in Region One.

As part of the Smart Farming program, the College will establish the first Agricultural Science Lab in the region to provide space and resources to analyze data collected by the UMS program. MECC projects that the establishment of the program will create new jobs in the agriculture industry and increase production and profits for existing farmers in the region.

Mountain Empire Community College President, Dr. Kristen Westover stated, “Mountain Empire Community College is honored and excited about the GO Virginia Region One funding opportunity to support the development and creation of new workforce training programs in smart farming and agriculture technology. These funds will support MECC in developing entrepreneurial offerings, purchasing equipment and developing coursework, programming and other new and innovative learning opportunities to enhance the workforce development offerings at the Center for Workforce & Innovation of Appalachia.”

“The Region One Council is pleased to recommend to the State Board the innovative project put forth by Mountain Empire Community College, which addresses specifically one of our industry targets, Food and Beverage Manufacturing”, said Mike Quillen, chair of the Region One Council. “This project will also provide insight to Region One’s other targeted industries through advancement of drone technology and training. Additionally, the project brings revitalization to the Town of Appalachia, repurposing a vacated educational facility to continuing use and providing certification in a rapidly growing sector.”

The Mountain Empire Community College proposal will be submitted to the Virginia Department of Housing and Community Development (DHCD) for further evaluation. The GO Virginia State Board will review the project at their March 12, 2019 meeting. The GO Virginia Region One Council accepts applications for Per Capita Grant funding on a rolling basis.

The Virginia Initiative for Growth and Opportunity in each Region (GO Virginia) was initiated by the Virginia Business Higher Education Council (VBHEC) and the Council on Virginia’s Future to foster private-sector growth and job creation through state incentives for regional collaboration by business, education, and government. Recognizing the harsh effect of deep federal budget cuts on a Virginia economy that is overly dependent on public-sector jobs, business leaders formed the GO Virginia campaign to work for regional cooperation on private-sector growth, job creation, and career readiness.

GO Virginia Region One covers the 13 counties in the three planning districts that represent Southwest Virginia. The Region One Council is mostly made up of private sector business leaders and some members of the public sector and higher education. The University of Virginia’s College at Wise serves as the support organization for the Region One Council.

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Nominations Sought for 2019 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award

Nominations Sought for 2019 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award

The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the 2019 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 2019 Outstanding Alumnus Award is February 15, 2019.

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 the March 2019.

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

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

Mountain Empire Community College recently participated in the United Way of SWVA Careers Expo for Youth held at the Washington County Fairgrounds in Abingdon on September 25 and 26. More than 4,000 students participated in the event. The college was represented by Health Science Recruiter and Retention Specialist Sarah Clarkston, CTE Recruiter Vicki Pearcy, and MECC Recruiter Todd Clendenon and EMS Instructor Michael Cross. Pictured is Cross with two student attendees.

MECC to Hold Inauguration of College’s Seventh President

Mountain Empire Community College will host the Inauguration of the college’s seventh president, Dr. Kristen Westover, on Friday, October 19 at 10:30 a.m.
The ceremony will take place in MECC’s Phillips-Taylor Hall Goodloe Center. A reception will immediately follow the inauguration in the Slemp Commons. Invited guests, students, and members of the public are asked to RSVP their attendance at www.mecc.edu/inauguration.
Those that cannot attend are encouraged to view a live stream of the inauguration from MECC’s Facebook page, @mountainempirecollege. The ceremony will also be broadcast on Wise County’s Public Access Channel 6 on Comcast Cable.
The inauguration event will be held in coordination with the college’s annual Home Craft Days Festival. A free concert celebrating the festival and inauguration will be held Friday, October 19 at 6 p.m. in the Goodloe Center featuring Wayne Henderson & Helen White, John McCutcheon, and Joe Newberry & Mike Compton. 
As a high school dropout who obtained her GED and held numerous labor-intensive positions before finding the courage to seek education, Dr. Kristen Westover first gained a love and appreciation for the community college mission through her own life-changing experience at Colby Community College in Colby, Kansas. There she experienced an education delivered through support, encouragement and high expectations, quickly recognizing her passion and purpose are grounded in creating those same experiences for others, particularly those who may not have a history of positive educational opportunities.
Dr. Westover began her educational career over 25 years ago, serving as a high school math and computer science teacher and middle school coach. After 10 years in the high school setting, she seized the opportunity to serve as a faculty member at Colby Community College, her alma matter. After teaching at the college level for a few years, she shifted into administrative work, serving as the Vice President for Academic Affairs at the same college. Dr. Westover also served at the Kansas Board of Regents, where she was the Director of Technical Programs and Curriculum, and as the Program Coordinator for the national initiatives leadership team for the Charles A. Dana Center at The University of Texas at Austin.
Having spent most of her life in a rural setting, Dr. Westover felt a connection to the people of Southwest Virginia during her first visit to the region in 2013. She made the connection official when she agreed to serve as Mountain Empire Community College’s seventh president in July of 2017. She came to Mountain Empire from Patrick Henry Community College in Martinsville, Virginia where she served for six years as the Vice President for Academic and Student Development Services.
Dr. Westover holds an A.S. from Colby Community College, a B.S. in mathematics and a M.S. in instructional technology from Fort Hays State University, and an Ed.D. in organizational leadership from Nova Southeastern University. Dr. Westover and her husband Mark live in Lee County Virginia. They both love animals and enjoy everything Southwest Virginia has to offer, including motorcycling, golf, hiking, music and art.
For more information on Mountain Empire Community College, or the inauguration ceremony, visit the college’s website at www.mecc.edu or www.mecc.edu/inauguration or call 276.523.2400.

Mountain Empire Community College to Offer Quick Start to College Program

Big Stone Gap, VA – Students who did not meet the deadline for enrolling in fall classes have a second chance to enroll at Mountain Empire Community College for the semester.
MECC will offer a free Quick Start to College class designed for individuals who have considered college, but have not yet enrolled.
The course allows students the opportunity to obtain three college credits without having to enroll for a full semester at no cost. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED).
Quick Start includes an orientation to the basics of college life. Students will be able to learn how to find offices and classes on campus, use Blackboard, and MECC email. Career counseling sessions will also be included so that students can learn more about MECC 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 Fall Quick Start program will be offered Tuesday & Thursday afternoons, 9:40 a.m. to 10:55 a.m. from September 4 through October 11. The schedule is as follows:

  • September 4 & 6  – Orientation and Campus Information
  • September 11 & 13 – Career exploration & College Success Skills
  • September 18 & 20- Computer Skills
  • September 25 & 27  – Computer Skills
  • October 2 & 4  – Math Skills
  • October 9 & 11  – English Skills
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For more information, or to enroll, please contact Beth Boggs, MECC Career & Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.2400 ext. 324 or by email at bboggs@mecc.edu.

MECC Important Announcement: Class Registration Deadline

Students who have not yet enrolled for the Fall 2018 semester are encouraged to schedule an appointment with an advisor and register for classes by Tuesday, August 21. Classes begin Wednesday, August 22. New students who enroll after Tuesday, August 21 will only be enrolled in late-starting classes and MECC’s Quick Start program. To schedule an appointment with an advisor, call 276.523.2400. Students may call today until 4:30 p.m. MECC offices will be closed all day Friday, August 16 for faculty/staff in-service. The college will be open Monday and Tuesday from 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. to serve students.

MECC Foundation and Ballad Health Partner to Host Golf Tournament  for the Lee County Endowed Scholarship

Jonesville — The MECC Foundation, in partnership with Ballad Health, will host the MECC Foundation — Ballad Health Golf Classic at the Cedar Hill Country Club in Jonesville on Friday, August 10.

Proceeds from the event will benefit the Lee County Endowed Scholarship at MECC. Because the scholarship is endowed, it will be a permanent source of scholarship assistance and will support students from Lee County throughout the years to come. All proceeds raised during the tournament will be matched by an anonymous donor up to $30,000.

Registration for the Captain’s Choice tournament will begin at 8 a.m., with a shotgun start at 9:30 a.m. The tournament will feature two flights, putting and chipping contests, as well as “Most Accurate Drive” and “Closest to the Pin” prizes. Players who hit a hole-in-one on Hole # 5 will win a 2018 Chevrolet Cruze, sponsored by Freedom Chevrolet of Big Stone Gap.

The entry fee is $75 per person, or $300 per 4-person team. The entry fee includes breakfast, mulligan package, gift for every golfer, goodie bag, range balls, cart fees, green fees, and lunch.

Three levels of corporate sponsorships are available:  Bronze – $500; Silver – $1,000, and Gold – $1,500 and up. Corporate sponsors receive a team(s), a hole sign, and recognition at the tournament.

Hole sponsorships are available for a fully tax-deductible gift of $50 to the MECC Foundation. Signs will be placed on the golf course recognizing all hole sponsors. Businesses or individuals needing information or wishing to be a sponsor, enter a team, or provide a prize may call Jeri Bledsoe, Tournament Coordinator, at (276) 523-2400, extension 287, or e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

Financial gifts to the Lee County Endowed Scholarship are fully tax-deductible and are always welcome and appreciated. Gifts of any amount may be sent to MECC Foundation, Attn:  Lee County Endowed Scholarship, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219.

For more information on the MECC Foundation, visit www.meccfoundation.org.

 

MECC Offers First-Ever Literacy Institute for Teachers

Lift Institute

Lift Institute

Big Stone Gap — Wise County K-8 teachers recently participated in Mountain Empire Community College’s first-ever Literacy Institute for Teachers (LIFT).

LIFT, or EDU 295: Literacy Institute for Teachers, is designed to allow teachers to earn recertification points for professional license renewal. The course focused on effective teaching strategies using literacy skills and storytelling, utilizing active engagement and modeling strategies.

Fourteen teachers were trained in integrating the elements of storytelling and literacy to motivate student learning and retention of critical concepts across content areas. Although literacy was the focus, teachers learned how to incorporate literacy education across disciplines.

MECC Dean of Arts & Sciences Harriette Arrington said the college developed the program as a way to meet two needs – improving the literacy skills of youth in the region while providing quality professional development and required re-certification credits for local educators.

“It was an absolute privilege to work with these outstanding teachers in grades Pre-K through sixth from across Wise County,” said Dr. Arrington, a who is also a children’s book author and professional storyteller. “We learned from each other and had such fun exploring exciting ways to build student success.”

Shameeka Williams, a fifth grade math teacher at Union Middle School described the class as enlightening. “I learned how to incorporate various literacy activities into my math classroom that I would have never known about before.”

“The LIFT class was more than uplifting,” added D. J. Sabo, a pre-school teacher at St. Paul Elementary School. The class gave me the confidence to become a better storyteller and allowed me the chance to meet fellow teachers in Wise County and learn from them.”

MECC plans to offer additional teacher re-certification training in during the 2018-19 academic year. To learn more about training opportunities for educators, call 276.523.2400 ext. 243.

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MECC to Hold Information Session for Lee County Certified Nursing Assistant Program

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold an upcoming information session to assist those interested in enrolling in the college’s Certified Nursing Assistant Program in Lee County. The cohort will meet Tuesdays and Thursdays from 5:15 p.m. to 9 p.m. and Saturdays from 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. from September 18 through December 4 in Pennington Gap. An information session to enroll in this cohort will be held on Monday, July 30th at  6:30 p.m. at Lee Health and Rehab Center, 208 Healthcare Drive, Pennington Gap. For more information on MECC’s Certified Nursing Assistant program or the upcoming Pennington Gap information session, call 276.523.7456.

MECC Hold Health Sciences Open House & Career Fair

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Health Sciences Division will host an Open House and Career Fair on Tuesday, July 10 from 6 p.m. to  8 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall.  Regional healthcare employers will be represented, with over 90% indicating they have current open positions.

Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and dress professionally. Employers attending this year’s event include Ballad Health, American HealthCare, and many more.

Employers are invited for refreshments in the Slemp Commons at 5 p.m. with a tour of MECC’s Simulation Laboratory to follow.

For more information regarding MECC’s Health Sciences Division Open House and Career Fair, contact Kim Dorton, Dean of Health Sciences at kdorton@mecc.edu, Arietta Harvey, Division Administrative Assistant at aharvey@mecc.edu,  or Lena Whisenhunt, Director Practical Nursing program at lwhisenhunt@mecc.edu or call 276.523.7456.

 

 

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

Governor’s School is open to rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the City of Norton, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher.

The two-week program, held annually on MECC’s campus in June, features a variety of hands-on activities in one of several subject areas selected by the student. Students spend time in the field, in labs, on tours, and in the classroom with the faculty of Mountain Empire Community College, receiving six college credit hours – tuition free.

Interested individuals should contact the Governor’s School Coordinator at 276.523.2400, ext. 307. To apply, visit www.mecc.edu/gsapp. To view the 2018 Governor’s School offerings  Click Here.

Last of MECC Original Faculty, Allgyer, Retires

Chris Allgyer

Chris Allgyer

Chris Allgyer hasn’t had a job interview in 46-years. He attributes that fact to his memorable experience interviewing for the position of math instructor at Mountain Empire Community College.

Allgyer, who is originally from Piqua, Ohio, was called for an interview after a position became vacant at the soon-to-open Mountain Empire Community College. He had no idea where Big Stone Gap was at the time. But the AAA Travel Agency provided directions and he set off for what he describes as an “adventure”.

The winding two-lane backroads through Eastern Kentucky and Southwest Virginia prompted a serious case of car sickness. By the time he arrived at the Trail Motel in Big Stone Gap, he was seriously dehydrated and bed-ridden. But Allgyer contends the college was persistent and somewhat desperate. MECC President George Vaughn offered to bring the interview committee to his bedside.

“I was basically flat on my back, sick in the bed in the Trail Motel, and they came to my hotel room to do the interview. I remember they asked me questions like what was my philosophy on community college education. I remember that question particularly because I really didn’t have a good answer. I was deathly sick, just excused myself to the bathroom, came back, and the interview continued.”

Despite his rather unusual introduction to MECC, Allgyer got the job. For the last four decades, he has made MECC his home, marrying his wife Paxton, a “lovely Virginia-girl,” and changing the lives of thousands of students whom he instructed.

This week, Allgyer will close his classroom door, ending 46 years of service with MECC. He is the last of the original faculty members who started at MECC’s opening to retire. Allgyer describes his decision to drive to that remarkable interview in Big Stone as one of the best he’s ever made.

“I was very fortunate to land in Big Stone Gap,” said Allyger. “When my mother saw the campus, her first thought was ‘My goodness son, they actually pay you to work here’ because it was so pretty with the mountains compared to Western Ohio where it’s all flat.”

“When I came here I thought I’ll stay here and get a few years of experience and then I’ll go back up north. But as I started working here I realized how friendly the people were, how talented they were. They did have a lot of Cincinnati Reds baseball fans and I could listen to the games on the radio. But I think the feeling of what we were doing for the community and the gratefulness of people for the college, gave you a feeling that hey, this is a really good place.”

Allgyer has learned a lot in his tenure as an instructor and can now easily describe his teaching philosophy. He attributes his success to the great mentors and colleagues he has had at MECC, the opportunities he had to continue learning in his profession, and the college’s willingness to implement new and innovative teaching strategies.

“In terms of my philosophy, I think our role is to help students grow and to try to excite them about learning and particularly mathematics,” Allgyer said. “But in general to try to produce people who can learn on their own and continue to learn and appreciate the fact that you are always going to have to learn new things.”

“One thing I liked about being at a community college is that we offer students a chance to grow and we can start with the very basics of arithmetic to meet their needs. I can think of students who started at the lowest level of math and went on to become engineers, teachers, and doctors and such. That’s one of the things I most proud about, In my 46-years I’ve helped students grow and get rewarding work.”

Allgyer practices what he preaches in terms of being a life-long learner. In his retirement, he will stay in Big Stone Gap and will absorb himself in gardening, volunteer service, and his work as a Virginia Master Naturalist, Pro-Art, and the college.

Although Allgyer says he will miss teaching, he is ready for the next chapter. He would advise new instructors to never stop learning because students will continue to evolve and to have fun.  “I’m going to miss working individually with students and seeing their success. I won’t miss the grading, papers, and committee work that we do. But I’ll be visiting the campus a lot to see my friends. I’ve had a wonderful opportunity here. My advice to new instructors is to share with their colleagues and don’t be afraid to ask for support. Patience is always a good thing. Keep learning new things. And have fun with it, because most of the time, it is a lot of fun.”

MECC Holds 45th Annual Commencement Ceremony

MECC Class of 2018

MECC Class of 2018

Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College held its 45th commencement ceremony Friday, May 11 at 6 p.m. at the Big Stone Gap campus.

The Class of 2018 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 David Graham. Dr. Kristen Westover, MECC President, introduced the featured student speakers for the commencement ceremony, which included Kara Kennedy and Matt Newman. These student speakers were chosen because of their exceptional academic performance and unwavering commitment to overcoming challenges during their college career.

Kara Blake Kennedy, of Wise, is graduating Cum Laude with an Associate of Applied Science in Nursing Degree. Kara plans to continue her education in the fall to pursue her Bachelor’s Degree in Nursing.  Kennedy is the daughter of Marty and Rose Kennedy.  Kara began her path to a nursing career in the Spring of 2015 when she began pre-requisites for the Nursing program. During Summer 2016, Kara was involved in a tragic accident that almost took her life. Despite the loss of a lower limb, Kara successfully fought to return to nursing school and complete her degree. 

Matt Newman, of Lee County, is graduating with an Associate of Arts and Sciences Degree in General Studies. Matt is a correctional worker at the United States Penitentiary in Lee County. He has two sons, Gabriel and Maxwell Newman, and is engaged to Heather Walls. He plans to transfer to King University to pursue a Bachelor’s Degree in Social Work/Psychology this fall, with future plans to become a Mental Health Counselor. Matt is the son of Chris and Kelle Newman and Vicki and Jimmie Shoemaker and the grandson of Vincent and Betty Kirk.

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 2017-18 academic year. This year’s honorees include:

 


2018 HONORS AND AWARDS


ALL-VA ACADEMIC TEAM

Samantha Johnson

Marglo Sarah Osborne

 

COLLEGE SUCCESS PROGRAM GRADUATES

Sahara Adkins

Sandra Bailey

December Baker

Haley Balthis

Ethan Bowen

Cheyenne Brown

Justin Browning

Augusta Carver

Irvin Chavarria

Dalton Cochran

Amanda Compton

Tristan Craiger

Austin Dean

Anthony Deel

Leighenna Estrella

Chad Fritz

Lindsey Gibson

Jordan Gilly

Nicholas Hadges

Joshua Hill

Jacob Hood

Hannah Hughes

Dylon Huntington

Emmitt Kellogg

Enrique Lopez III

Laquiel McCurdy

Dustin McDavid

Ryan McDavid

Amber McElroy

Casey McKee

Megan McMahan

Summer Meade

Mysti Mullins

Ambria Muse

Eddie Dewayne Parsons

Tessa Parsons

Tristan Phipps

Dillion Poole

Desirae Porter

Brittany Potter

Frances Ramsey

Scotty Ramsey

Kirsten Record

April Rose

Chelsea Rose

Curt Rose

 

Timothy Sargent

Joshua Smith
Matthew Spears

Billy Stanley

Kayla Stapleton

Jeffery Tippett

Courtney Turner

Brooklyn Wilson

 

DIPLOMATS

Adam Bowen
Victoria Burton
Logan Fletcher
Sierra Kern

Isaiah Kinsey
Trey Lomax
Eddie Dewayne Parsons
Anna Marie Puorro

 

EXCEPTIONAL GRADUATE AWARDS

Sandra Bailey

Dylan Cox

Nicholas Hadges

Kara Kennedy

Mysti Mullins

Lyndsay Oakes

Geena Phipps

Belinda Scott

Billy Stanley

Sheena Stanley

 

EXPLORATIONS ARTS COMPETITION AWARDS

Drawing

Conner Bolling

Courtney Hay

Chelsey Stapleton

Fiction

Dylan Mabe

Anthony Swindall

Painting

Alexis Barker

Conner Bolling

Cassandra Cole

Chelsey Stapleton

Poetry

Mekyah Davis

Kristy Hood-Pickell

Mysti Mullins

Anthony Swindall

 

THE JAKKAE JACKSON EXCELLENCE IN PHLEBOTOMY AWARD

Leighann Hamilton

Kalee Horner

 

THE JAMES L. DURHAM MATHEMATICS AWARD

Olivia Meade

 

LIFE CLUB

Eddie Dewayne Parsons

 

LINCOLN MEMORIAL UNIVERSITY FULL TUITION SCHOLARSHIP

Austin Williams

 

LONESOME PINE HOSPITAL AUXILIARY AWARD

Stephanie Slone

 

OUTSTANDING BUSINESS STUDENT AWARDS

Administrative Support Technology

Erin L. McCracken

AST-Medical Office Specialist

Barbara Jean Whitehead

Computer Networking

Phillip Kerns

Computer Software Specialist

Rebecca Osborne

Health Information Management

Melanie Mullins

Management

Angelica Shoffner

Paralegal Studies

Andrew Kerr

 

PHI THETA KAPPA AWARD

Samantha Johnson

Marglo Osborne

 

STUDENT SERVICES AWARD

Christian Hale

 

SGA PEGGY DURHAM

OUTSTANDING LEADERSHIP AWARD

Eddie Dewayne Parsons

 

SPECIAL SERVICES AWARD

Sarah Adkins

Adam Bowen

Richard Jones

Christopher Newman

Crystal Zeppa

 

STUDENT SERVICES AWARD
Christian Hale

 

STUDENT VETERANS OF AMERICA

Andrew Kerr

 

UNIVERSITY OF VIRGINIA’S COLLEGE AT WISE TRANSFER SCHOLARSHIPS

Shanley Brooks

Carli Cassell

Charles Cox

Opal Evans

Makayla Funk

Charles Gibson

Olivia Green

Hurley Hamm

Phebe Lane

Jordan Langley

Victoria Manis

Dalten McCoy

Briana Meredith

Emily Mullins

Samuel Palmer

Jonathan Robbins

Gary Rose

Micheala Russell

Emily Slemp

Isaac Stanley

Eryn Surber

Matney Sutherland

Jordan Young

 

 

 

 

Candidates for Degrees
May 11, 2018

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

Hurley Alexander Hamm***

Sierra Rana Holmes

Austin Cole Williams***

 

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

General Studies

Claudia Jane Alsup**+

Ryan Andrew Baird

Kayla Makenzie Bird***+

Ethan Scott Bishop

Kody Ray Bledsoe

Connor Grant Bolling

Shanley R. Brooks***

Austin Blake Carroll

Carli Cheyenne Cassell*

William D. Cassell

Ashleigh Blake Collins**

Alec Daelen Couch*

Charles Dylan Cox**

Dylan Scott Cox***+

Tyler Blake Craft

Charna Nicole Davis*

Alexandria Brooke Deckard

Tanner Ray Dingus*

Airica Morgan Dotson**

Tabitha Lynn Earwood*

Micah Joseph Edgar*

Brittany Nicole Edwards

Courtney Paige Eldridge***

Opal Elizabeth Evans*

Chance Karl Fannon*

John Avery Fansler

Morgan Gabrielle Fleming

Robert Eugene Florse*

Makayla Elaine Funk

Ashton Brooke Gardner

Roger Lee Garrett**

Charles Blaine Gibson**

David Clayton Goodman**

Emily Ann Graham***+

Brittany Nichole Hall*

Courtney L. Hay

Danessa Ariel Hensley

Amy R. Johnson

Emmitt Mufasa Kellogg

Rachel LeAnn Kilgore***

Sarah Nicole Kilgore***

Tracy Lynn Kissel

Phebe Grace Lane**

Jordan Alexander Langley

Enrique Lopez, III*

Cole Ryland Maggard*

Dalten Jesse Liam McCoy*

Anna Morgan Meade

Briana Shante Meredith**

Abbey Grace Mullins***+

Emily Leeann Mullins***

Jessalyn Victoria Mullins*

Mysti Skye Mullins

Christopher Matthew Newman

Kaytlin S. Osborne

Holly Leann Owens**

Taylor Brooke Page*

Geena Caitlin Phipps

Ruth M. Potts

Felicia M. Powers**

Tori LeAnne Powers***

Kasey Chase Repass

Jordan Kayleigh Robbins***

Kaitlyn Marie Robbins**

Emily Faith Roberts*

Tiffany Amber Roberts*

Gary Duane Rose, III

April Michelle Rose*

Micheala Dawn Russell**

Alexis Breann Sexton***

Anastasia Eden Smith***

Matthew Jess Spears

Matti-Jo Morgan Spivey*

Isaac Wells Stanley*

Jordan H. Stanley**

Travis Clayton Stanley**+

Noah Cade Steele

Lauren Elizabeth Sturgill**

Matney Paige Sutherland

Emily M. Trent

Keila Janesha Vaughn*

Nathan Andrew Ward**

Grace Nicole White*

Haven Raye White***+

Austin Cole Williams***

Katelyn Renee Wolfe*

Jordan Tyler Young***

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

Pre-Teacher Education

Rachel Elizabeth Bartley***

Opal Elizabeth Evans*

Hannah Danielle Flanagan**

Olivia Katherine Green**

Rachel LeAnn Kilgore***

Sarah Nicole Kilgore***

Allison Brooke Rose*

Courtney Ann Smith

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

Science

Shanley R. Brooks***

Chance Karl Fannon*

Makayla Elaine Funk

Marglo Sarah-Jo Osborne***

Samuel Joseph Palmer*

Emily Renee Slemp

Isaac Wells Stanley*

Lauren Elizabeth Sturgill**

 

Associate of Arts and Sciences

Science: Engineering Specialization

Richard E. Jones, II**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Accounting

Shamra L. Dye**

Sena H. Treadway*

 

Associate of Applied Science

Administrative Support Technology

Erin Lynn McCracken**

Katlyn Brook Phillips*

 

Associate of Applied Science

Administrative Support Technology: Medical Office Specialist

Sandra Dulaney Bailey***

Ann Lorraine Lane**

Janet I. Moore***

Brittany Marie Potter**

Barbara Jean Whitehead***

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computer Networking Technology

Andrew Jessee Barnett

Irvin Emanuel Chavarria*

Gavin Reed Collins

Ritchie Deel***

Jacob Scott Hood

Phillip Clinton Kerns***

Corey Matthew McNeil**

Michael Nathanael Mullins

Derick Alan Robinette*

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computer Software Specialist

Matthew James Beverly

Timothy J. Fryatt*

Nicholas Austin Hadges**

Everett Rece Hunsaker

John P. Jones*

George Cary Morgan

Rebecca Jean Marie Osborne

 

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computer-Aided Drafting and Design Technology

Jerry O. Elkins***

Ryan Hollis Gendron***

 

Associate of Applied Science

Computerized Manufacturing Technology: Electromechanical Technology Specialization

Gary Nicholas Taylor Bradshaw**

Ethan Timothy Darnell**

Tyler Daniel Darnell*

James Michael Day**

Bryan K. Fannon**

Chad A. Fritz*

Joshua Andrew Hill

Kurt Weston Lane**

Austin Parker Lussardi*

Quentin Elliott Mann*

Casey Allen McKee**

Megan Renee McMahan**

Joshua Caleb Mullins**

Derek Joseph Noaks**

Isaac Matthew Powers

Curt Aaron Rose***

Ethan Russell Sampson**

Cary N. Schoolcraft

Mason Wayne Sexton

Thomas Earl Sluss***

Joshua Dwayne Smith

Kayla Paige Stapleton

Benjamin David Sullivan**

Associate of Applied Science

Correctional Services

Austin Bradley Dean**

Robert-Lee Spencer Hamm

Walter W. Harding**

Eddie J. Kilbourne**

Savannah Marie Kimberlin

Justin Lee Pittman**

Joshua C. Reynolds

Tiffani Marshe Sergent

 

Associate of Applied Science

Emergency Medical Services Technology

Justin Dwayne Allen**

Caleb Ryan Cox*

Joann Marie Deel

Whitney Nichole Kelly**

William Lee Kennedy

Nathan Scott Shockley

 

Associate of Applied Science

Energy Technology: Electrical Specialization

Taylor Douglas Alsup**

Stuart Weston Barton

Michael Craig Hill

Austin Gregory Mullins

Michael B. Mullins

Bradley Alan Neff**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Environmental Science

Adam D. Bowen*

Kenneth Scott Mullins

 

Associate of Applied Science

Environmental Science: Water/Wastewater Specialization

Allen N. Blankenship***

Daniel Lee Hartley**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Forest Science

Adam D. Bowen*

Daniel Lee Hall II*

Hannah Elaine Hayes*

Derek Brandon Holmes**

Eddie D. Parsons***

 

Associate of Applied Science

Health Information Management

Emily Rebecca Baker*

Crystal A. Branham

Laura M. Brickey**

Michelle Renee Brock***

William L. Buchanan, II*

Emily Roseann Fleming***

Amanda J. Laster*

Kaitlin Cassidy Mencer**

Meagan Lea Monahan**

Amanda N. Mullins**

Melanie Ann Mullins***

Ashlie Clerissa Pineda

Lee A. Street**

Tammy R. Thomas

 

Associate of Applied Science

Management

McKenzie Leigh Crabtree*

Christa Renee Holmes***

Angelica Jill Shoffner**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Nursing

Angela D. Adams

Viola Carol Adams

Anissa Brooke Bailey

Emily Faye Bise

Bria Jazmine Bloomer

Brittany Leigh Boggs

Courtney Alexis Boggs***

Michelle L. Bolling

Laken Savannah Bryant

Sharona L. Burke

Samantha S. Campbell

Jennifer Kay Caudill

Emily Beth Charles*

Reagan Dean Craft

Brittney Lois Caroline Brock

Tyler C. Culbertson**

Jarred Alan Day

Brittany Georgia-Ann Elliott

Natasha Brittney Estep

Abagail Grace Farmer**

Morgan Gabrielle Fleming

Shane Matthew Channing Fleming

Alexis Shae Foster

Brittany Nicole Francis

Jordan MaKenzie Gilly

Alli Quinn Gray

Christopher R. Hamblin**

Hunter A. Helbert

Jennifer Nicole Hensley*

Alexis Abigail Herrera

Kevin Allen Herron***

Ashley N. Hill

Whitney Shianne Hillman

Samantha Nicole Hurd*

Kristin Lea Johnson

Kara Blake Kennedy*

Briana Danielle Lawson*

Caitlyn Joan Luce-Edwards

Nicholas Jacob Mann*

Sarah R. McFall

Abigail Brooke McKinney*

Sierra Magena Meade

Elizabeth Adriane Metcalfe*

Amanda M. Mitchell

Shelsey Eden Moore

Michele L. Mullins

Lyndsay Ann Oakes

Elliott Blake Owens**

Rebekah L. Owens

Skylar Blade Pitman

Rebecca C. Puckett

Belinda S. Scott

Stephanie Dawn Skidmore

Kayla Layne Skinner

Stephanie E. Slone***

Hunter May Smith

August Kay Stanley

Billy R. Stanley

Sheena Diane Stanley

Amy M. Stapleton

Jessica Renee Taylor

Eden Marie Thompson

Rachel Nichelle Vaughn*

Kasey Wayne Wagner*

Rebecca A. Welsh*

Ashley Bowen Young

Associate of Applied Science

Paralegal Studies

Zachary Hampton Clark**

Jessica H. Ennis

Toni Kay Flanary

Walter W. Harding**

Andrew Michael Kerr***

James M. Lane

Chasity LeAnn Phillips

Debbie L. Pyles-Dingus*

Jessica A. Salyers**

Brett A. Shortt

Tammy V. Stanley**

 

Associate of Applied Science

Police Science

Sahara Noelle Adkins**

Emily Grace Baker**

Lindsay Faith Collins*

Joshua Ian Dingus*

Courtney Page Ely*

Carla Jean Hall**

Robert-Lee Spencer Hamm

Walter W. Harding**

Brett Kimberly Newton**

Brian A. Potter**

Joshua C. Reynolds

Jonathan Chase Robbins***

Tiffani Marshe Sergent

Matthew A. Stallard

Shawn Douglas Williams*

 

Associate of Applied Science

Respiratory Therapy

Juliette N. Bevins**

Samantha Blaire Blankenbecler*

April D. Bradshaw***

Augusta Maddlyn Carver

Katelyn LaShea Hurlock*

Alexandra Pendleton Johnson**

Briana Jade Kiser**

Ashley Marie Maness***

Amanda G. Montgomery**

Rebekah Jo Stanton

Chelsey R. Stapleton

Kandace Brooke Sturgill

Morgan Brooke White

Marla Wilson

 

Associate of Applied Science

Technical Studies: Welding

Jordan Tyler Bowen

Anthony Brett Deel

Dakota Tyler VanHuss

 

Certificate

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Michael Craig Hill

 

Certificate

Clerical Assistant

Erin Lynn McCracken**

Vicki Denise Pearcy***

Brittany Marie Potter**

Angelica Jill Shoffner**

 

Certificate

General Education

Patrick James Alcantara-Roberts+

Claudia Jane Alsup**+

Ryan Andrew Baird

Kayla Makenzie Bird***+

Jonathan K. Blackwell*

Kody Ray Bledsoe

Emily Christine Broadwater***+

Shanley R. Brooks***

Chadwick Mitchell Cantrell

Ashley Paige Christian

Candace Faye Christian**

Gabrielle Faye Collins+

Timothy Chandler Counts

Charles Dylan Cox**

Alexandria Brooke Deckard

Jacob Hunter Dotson***

Sarah Allison Dotson***+

Micah Joseph Edgar*

Brittany Nicole Edwards

Chance Karl Fannon*

John Avery Fansler

Hannah Danielle Flanagan**

Jacob Tanner Fox*

Caitlin Mackenzie France**+

Makayla Elaine Funk

Roger Lee Garrett**

Madison Brianne Gibson+

Emily Ann Graham***+

Brittany Nichole Hall*

Hurley Alexander Hamm***

Courtney L. Hay

Hallie Paige Hembree*

Sierra Rana Holmes

Tyler Paul Ingle*+

Amy R. Johnson

Shawn Patrick Johnson*+

Makenna Jordan Kennedy+

Jordan Alexander Langley

Tanner Cole Lawson*

Cole Ryland Maggard*

Hannah Kristen Martin***+

Grace Elizabeth McCowan**+

Dalten Jesse Liam McCoy*

Aimee Gail-Lynne McKee

Lindsey Hannah Meade+

Melissa Danielle Meade*+

Briana Shante Meredith**

Alexandria Gale Mullins**+

Emily Leeann Mullins***

Gracie Jewel Mullins**+

Haley Elizabeth Mullins**+

Haley Paige Nelson+

Christopher Matthew Newman

Allison Renee Palmer**+

Samuel Joseph Palmer*

Tori LeAnne Powers***

Matthew David Rhoten**+

Jordan Kayleigh Robbins***

Daniel Roberson

Emily Faith Roberts

Gary Duane Rose, III

Jayme Leigh Salyers***+

Emily Leighanne Sanders*

Emily Renee Slemp*

Anastasia Eden Smith

Gayce May Snyder***

Hannah Faye Stallard***

John Patrick Mullins Stallard*+

Hunter Cole Stanley*

Isaac Wells Stanley**

Travis Clayton Stanley**+

Kaleigh Belle Still+

Colyn Dean Sturgill+

Kira Alixandrya Rene Sturgill**+

Eryn Madasyn Surber*

Nicholas Vinson Trosper***+

Kelvin Luan Vo***+

Annie Nichole Wagner***+

Jordan Marshall Wampler***

Brooklyn Paige Warner

Haven Raye White***+

Austin Cole Williams***

Donna Lynn Winebarger+

Alexander Logan Withrow*+

Alexis Marie Woods+

Jordan Tyler Young***

 

Certificate

Industrial Maintenance

Chad A. Fritz*

 

 

Certificate

Legal Office Assisting

Zachary Hampton Clark**

Jessica H. Ennis

James M. Lane

Brett A. Shortt

 

Certificate

Medical Office Coding and Procedures

Michelle Renee Brock***

Laura Brittany McAfee

Crystal Marie Gail Snodgrass

Kirsten Paige Trent

Miriam E. Vanover

 

Certificate

Practical Nursing

Caitlin Rochelle Absher

Kearsten Leann Adams

Holly Nicole Bevins

Natasha Kaitlyn Bishop

Elizabeth Leann Boggs

Kellie Ann Bush

Samantha Lea Clark

Juanita Lucille Collins*

Angela Diane Cooper

Karla KreeAnn Cox

Kelsey Jo Culbertson

Bethany Nora Inez Day*

Amber G. Dotson

Raina Danielle Dotson

Victoria Briann Edwards*

Sydnee Austin Fleming

Marilyn Rose Gamboa

Haylee Brook Hazlett

Hannah Marie Hughes

Stephanie Johnson

Sydnee Mariah-Ashlin Keith

Savahanna Faith Kern

Rebecca Elizabeth Lane

Crystal Dawn McCoy**

Leigh-Anne C. McDaniel

Kalyn Nicole Middleton*

Ashton Kristina Mullins

Hayleigh Brenae Mullins

Makaila Suzanne Penley

Amanda Dawn Phillips

Samantha Faye Phillips

Jacqueline Marie Polly*

Catherine M. Rainey

Joseph Douglas Redmon

Claire Sutton Rigg**

Travis Wayne Roberts

Adam Rose

Austin Brian Russell

Hailee Anne Russell*

NaKesha Nicole Sargent

Chantarae M. Shepard**

Chrissy Ann Smith

Katherine Renee Spears**

Kierstien Sharae Stanley

April Maria Steele

Alicia Louise Stiltner*

Jeffery H. Tippett

Courtney Jayde Turner

Herlin Berame Vance

 

Certificate

Welding

Jordan Tyler Bowen

Anthony Brett Deel

Dakota Tyler VanHuss

 

Career Studies Certificate

3-D Design

Jerry O. Elkins

Ryan Hollis Gendron

Madyson Jade Lell

Larry Lee McKnight Jr.

Garrett Dalton Shortt

Connor Matthew Wilson

 

Career Studies Certificate

Accounting

Joshua D. Sturgill

 

Career Studies Certificate

Air Conditioning and Refrigeration

Ethan Shane Bowen

Adam Samuel Bruner

Michael Craig Hill

Dylon Michael Huntington

Ryan Edward McDavid

Jimmy C. Pittman

Dustin Dale Townsend

 

Career Studies Certificate

Chemical Process Operator

Megan Renee McMahan

 

Career Studies Certificate

Child Development: Infant and Toddler Option

December Harley Baker

Bailey Marie Franklin

Whitney Paige McCown

Tirzah Brooke Neeley

Jessica Marie Seabright

Faith Elizabeth Thomas

 

Career Studies Certificate

Child Development: Pre-school Option

Bailey Marie Franklin

Career Studies Certificate

Computer Software Specialist: Mobile Applications Development

Timothy J. Fryatt

George Cary Morgan

 

 

Career Studies Certificate

Cybersecurity

Travis L. Barton

Noah Jerry Moneyhun

Alex Wayne Roberson

Devin M. Robinette

Devan James Summers

Whitney Cheyanne Tipton

 

Career Studies Certificate

Early Childhood Development

December Harley Baker

Stephanie Kristen Birman

Bailey Marie Franklin

Summer E. Meade

Jessica Marie Seabright

Sherry Lynn Vanzant

 

Career Studies Certificate

Electricity

Taylor Douglas Alsup

Adam Samuel Bruner

Joseph Edward Freeman

Marc Anthony Hamilton

Michael Craig Hill

Michael B. Mullins

Bradley Alan Neff

Jimmy C. Pittman

Jason Allen Rose

Matthew Waylon Sturgill

 

Career Studies Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician: Basic

Michael S. Begley

Dalton Brody Cochran

Benjamin Cyle Collins

Tristan Anthony Craiger

Dustin C. Edwards

Haley Allison Gilliam

Destiny Nichole Hatfield

Joshua Gabriel Herrera

Dedra Michelle Howe

Brian Douglas King

 

Career Studies Certificate

Emergency Medical Technician: Intermediate

Ruth Michelle Cornett

Dalton Bryce Sargent

 

Career Studies Certificate

Energy Technology: Electrical Emphasis

Adam Samuel Bruner

Michael Craig Hill

Michael B. Mullins

 

Career Studies Certificate

Energy Technology: HVAC Emphasis

Adam Samuel Bruner

 

Career Studies Certificate

Funeral Service Assistant

Adriane Summer Bailey

Sharon Leigh Cox

Ambria Madison Muse

 

Career Studies Certificate

Geographic Information Systems

Jerry O. Elkins

Amanda Leagh Huskey

Jason Monroe Simpson

 

Career Studies Certificate

Health Sciences

Angela D. Adams

Holly Nicole Bevins

Emily Faye Bise

Braxton Gregory Bishop

Courtney Alexis Boggs

Michelle L. Bolling

Chelsea Lynn Brickey

Haley Elizabeth Brickey

Mary Abigail Bright

Justin Craig Browning

Rachel B. Burke

Rosetta M. Carter

Samantha Lea Clark

Amanda Jean Compton

Holly Rachel Cox

Brittney Lois Caroline Brock

Kenzie Marie Crusenberry

Kelsey Jo Culbertson

Raina Shea Cumbo

Nicholas J. Darter

Bethany Nora Inez Day

Kourtney LeighAnn Dockery

Airica Morgan Dotson

Victoria Briann Edwards

Jessica L. Elam

Richard Lee Evans

Abagail Grace Farmer

Ericka B. Fisher

Candace A. Flanary

Alexis Shae Foster

Brittany Nicole Francis

Marilyn Rose Gamboa

Lindsey Irene Gibson

Jamie Donald Gilbert

Alexis Maggie Gillenwater

Chandler MacKenzie Glovier

Janet L. Grabowski

Alexandrea Madison Hackney

Brooklyn Nikkole Hensley

Danessa Ariel Hensley

Whitney Shianne Hillman

Kaelie Elizabeth Hines

Mark R. Hubbard, II

Samantha Kaitlynn Keene

Kara Blake Kennedy

Sierra Rose Kern

Rebecca Elizabeth Lane

Amanda J. Laster

Michael L. Leonard

Enrique Lopez, III

Hannah M. Maness

Laken Nicole Martin

Anna Nicole McCarthy

Crystal Dawn McCoy

Tessy Rae McCoy

Sarah R. McFall

Abigail Brooke McKinney

Megan Danielle Mefford

Alyssa Grace Mullins

Ashton Kristina Mullins

Jessalyn Victoria Mullins

Hannah Rebecca Musick

Peyton Andrew Palmer

Tristan Darby Phipps

Allison Paige Ramey

Frances D. Ramsey

Kirsten Brooke Record

Katherine Lynn Reuille

Summer Breanna Rhodes

Emily Teresa LeeAnn Rhoton

Claire Sutton Rigg

Kaitlyn Marie Robbins

Monica Michelle Rowan

Timothy Allan Sargent

Hunter May Smith

Katherine Renee Spears

Gabriel Keith Stacey

Rebecca Ann Stapleton

April Maria Steele

Christie L. Summey

Eryn Madasyn Surber

Emily M. Trent

Neisha N. Tuggle

Courtney Jayde Turner

Rachel Nichelle Vaughn

Kasey Wayne Wagner

Christopher W. Wampler

Gracia Elizabeth Wright

 

Career Studies Certificate

Information Technology Readiness

David A. Cox

Jared D. Langley

Harold J. Padgett

Benjamin H. Salyers

 

Career Studies Certificate

Law Enforcement Management and Supervision

Myles Cote

Dewey W. Fulton

Donald Earl Harding, III

Stephenson Jones

Wesley C. Mullins

Ronald L. Shortt

Scottie L. Snapp

Michael P. Stidham

Kevin D. Yates

 

Career Studies Certificate

Legal Office Assisting

Debbie L. Pyles-Dingus

 

Career Studies Certificate

Medical Receptionist and Transcriptionist

Leighann Michelle Hamilton

Kayla Nicole Seals

Thelma June Slone

 

Career Studies Certificate

Medical Records Technician

Makayla Leanna Fields

 

Career Studies Certificate

Old Time Music

Maggie Evangeline Gatley

John Bradley Webb

 

Career Studies Certificate

Pharmacy Technician

Haley Brianne Balthis

Michael A. Hall

Courtney Shae Hickman

Artis Nicole Payton Tia Johnson

Gwendolyn D. Kern

Elizabeth Lea Rachelle Laster

Tessa Rae Parsons

Dillion Poole

Desirae Marie Porter

Travis C. Rose

Belinda S. Scott

Allyson B. Stanley

Brittany Nichole Worley

 

Career Studies Certificate

Phlebotomy

Cheyenne Nicole Brown

Pamela Jane Cates

Martha Jane Davis

Chelsea Renee Evans

Vonda Danielle Green

Leighann Michelle Hamilton

Courtney Brooke Hill

Kalee Rosemary Horner

Pennie Lyn Hyatt

Sharon R. Jackson

Amy Cayla Marie Jones

Brionna Leigh Kern

Laquiel A. McCurdy

Amber Marie McElroy

Corey Matthew McNeil

Lindsay Nicole McNeil

Tessa Rae Parsons

Brittany Raschae Phelps

Summer Breanna Rhodes

Sandra Lucina Robles

Chelsea Nicole Rose

Savannah Nicole Shell

Cheyanne Rena Shuler

Bradley James Tabor Jr.

Brooklyn M. Wilson

Brittany Nichole Worley

 

Career Studies Certificate

Small Business Management

Angelica Jill Shoffner

 

Career Studies Certificate

Software Development I

Matthew James Beverly

Timothy J. Fryatt

Nicholas Austin Hadges

Rebecca Jean Marie Osborne

 

Career Studies Certificate

Software Development II

Matthew James Beverly

Timothy J. Fryatt

Nicholas Austin Hadges

Rebecca Jean Marie Osborne

 

Career Studies Certificate

Water Plant Operator

Jeffery K. Morgan

Jerry Wayne White

 

Career Studies Certificate

Welding Operator

Scottlin Keith Baker

Sean Michael Berry

Jordan Tyler Bowen

Anthony Brett Deel

Tyler Edward Deirth

Philip L. Edwards

Leighenna Carmen Estrella

Adam Kedrick Gibson

Dustin Wayne McDavid

Shannon D. Owens

Scotty Ray Ramsey

 

 

 

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.


 

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

BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Community College will hold an informational session on its summer Unmanned Aerial Systems classes Monday, May 14 from 6 p.m. to 7 p.m. in MECC’s Phillips-Taylor Hall, Room 214.

Courses are free and will introduce concepts related to the building and operation of drones, which are the most common UAS devices. These courses are part of MECC’s Small UAS (sUAS) Operations Technician Technical Studies Associate Degree that is currently pending approval. In addition to the degree, students can also test for the Federal Aviation Administration’s Remote Pilot Certificate at no cost to them. This offering is made possible through MECC’s collaboration with the Appalachian Regional Commission, Virginia’s Community Development Block Grant and Geospatial Technician Education-Unmanned Aircraft Systems (GeoTEd-UAS).

While the UAS industry is growing throughout the region and the state, it can also compliment other industries already present in the region. According to MECC’s UAS Instructor Fred Coeburn, the technology is an excellent resource for police, EMS, realtors, farmers and ranchers to incorporate into their professions.

The first summer cohort session begins June 5. In addition to attending the informational session, those interested in the program can learn more at www.mecc.edu/drone or contact Fred Coeburn at 276.523.2400 ext. 285.

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

Richmond – In accordance with Section 23.1-307 (D) of the Code of Virginia, the State Board for Community Colleges provides notice that it will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases for Virginia’s Community Colleges, effective fall 2018, at 9 a.m., May 17, 2018, at 300 Arboretum Place, Richmond, Va. The State Board will consider tuition and mandatory fee increases of between 1 percent and 3 percent for all undergraduate students, subject to further actions of the General Assembly.  The community colleges would use the revenue generated from the tuition increase to pay for:

  • Increased state employee fringe benefit costs;
  • Operation and maintenance of new buildings;
  • Technology infrastructure upgrades;
  • Contractual obligations;
  • Investments in strategic initiatives to improve student success.

MECC Now Accepting Applications to 2018 Governor’s School

Big Stone Gap – Rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors are invited to participate in the 2018 Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School to be held June 11 through June 22 on the college campus.

MECC Governor’s School is open to public and home school students in the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson, and the City of Norton, who have a 3.0 GPA or higher. This two-week program features a variety of hands-on activities in one of several subject areas selected by the student. Students spend time in the field, in labs, on tours, and in the classroom with the faculty of Mountain Empire Community College. Students who complete the session will receive six college credit hours, tuition-free. In addition to classroom activities, students will participate in field trips to area colleges.

Twelve academic strands will be offered this summer, including:

  • 3-D Animation/Game Design – Are you a gamer? Take your skills to the next level by learning the basic techniques of game design. Create your own 3D game from concept to implementation using traditional and computer-generated animation.
  • Art Illustration for Graphic Novels – Love a good story? Create your own narrative by learning character development and illustration techniques. Students will complete a graphic novel they design.
  • Cyber Security – The FBI anticipates that cyber-attacks will soon become one of the greatest threats to our nation’s security. Fight crime by delving into the minds of hackers. Learn how to prevent cyber-attacks while also preparing for one of the nation’s most in-demand career fields.
  • Drama – Calling all drama queens and kings! Produce your own full-length play and learn the basic components of play production, from lights to sound, set design and character study. Students will premiere a full-length production of their own creation.
  • Drones – Immerse yourself in one of the world’s most innovative new technologies. Learn to build, configure, maintain, and legally fly drones both for fun and for commercial use. An exciting career pathway for those interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM).
  • EMS – The EMS strand features exciting activities and practical information including: CPR/First Aid certification, examine and stock an ambulance, prepare for an air ambulance (helicopter) landing, interact with air ambulance medics and nurses, extricate a patient from a wrecked vehicle. Students will participate in a SIM Lab emergency simulation and explore health care careers.
  • Engineering – Be an innovator! Use your technical and creative skills to design 3-D models and animation and solve complex engineering problems. Invent your future in engineering in this exciting field.
  • Entrepreneurship and Regional Tourism – Interested in starting your own business? Southwest Virginia’s tourism industry is dependent on small businesses. Develop your own business concept while exploring the best of our region’s assets.
  • Environmental Science – The mountains are calling. You must go! Learn about the mountains and streams of Southwest Virginia and current and potential threats to these ecosystems. Students will engage in a water quality study on the Clinch and Powell Rivers that will have a long-term positive impact on our region’s water systems.
  • Music – Rockin’ Guitar provides students with an opportunity to build and uniquely design their own electric guitar from a kit. Learn the basics of playing the guitar and perform a song at the completion of the course.
  • Solar Energy – Want to change the world? The future of energy technology is solar power! Learn basic electrical theory while exploring solar and wind technologies in an exciting new career field.
  • Web Design – The future of technology is endless. Learn more about computer programming, application design and development, and robotic technologies. Students will explore career paths in high-paying, high-demand technological fields.

Applications to attend the 2018 Governor’s School will be accepted until May 18, 2018 or until spaces are filled. Limited space is available and students are encouraged to apply early. To view additional information or to download the 2018 application, please visit the Mountain Empire Community College Governor’s School website at www.mecc.edu/govschool or contact John Bledsoe, Governor’s School Coordinator, at (276) 523-2400 ext. 307 or Ann Lane at ext. 363.

 

 

Mountain Empire Community College Partners with Global Cybersecurity Training Company

BIG STONE GAP, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College has announced its partnership with EC-Council, a globally recognized cybersecurity training company, to deliver the company’s official courseware to students in subjects like network defense, penetration testing, and computer forensics.

MECC will incorporate EC-Council courseware into the college’s Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program, which began in October 2016. The college has been designated by EC-Council as an Accredited Training Center, or ATC.  Benefits of the partnership include access to industry-leading certifications at no cost to students and discounted trainings for faculty. MECC cybersecurity faculty already hold some of EC-Council’s more competitive distinctions including the Certified Ethical Hacker and Computer Hacking Forensic Investigator certifications.

“This is a big step for our program,” said Nasser Maskoud, Associate Professor in MECC’s Business and Information Technology division and one of the cybersecurity program’s lead faculty. “EC-Council’s certifications are very helpful in making sure students are prepared for today’s competitive IT-based job market, but these trainings can also be quite costly. With this partnership, we can offer these trainings to students at little or even no cost to them.”  

MECC is currently accepting Fall 2018 semester applications for its Cybersecurity Career Studies Certificate program. For more information, visit www.mecc.edu/programs/cybersecurity or call Ashvin Raj at 276.523.2400, ext. 261.            

 

Mountain Empire Community College to Host 2018 Job Expo

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

Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and dress professionally. Employers attending this year’s event include Crutchfield, Eastman Chemical Company, Ballad Health, Virginia State Police, Wallens Ridge State Prison, USP Lee, LogistiCare, The Lane Group, England, Inc. and many more.

For more information on MECC’s 2018 Job Expo, contact Beth Boggs, Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.2400 ext. 324 or bboggs@mecc.edu, or visit www.mecc.edu/career-services.

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John Fox Jr. Festival Rescheduled for April 16

The John Fox Jr. Festival, originally scheduled for Wednesday, March 21 at MECC, has been rescheduled to Monday, April 16 at 10 a.m. in the MECC Phillips-Taylor Hall Goodloe Center.  Individuals who purchased lunch tickets and who are not able to attend the rescheduled date should call 276.523.7466 for refund information. 

MECC Joins Pledge to Assist Entrepreneurs

NACCE signing

NACCE signing

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College has pledged to join the National Association for Community College Entrepreneurship (NACCE) in promoting and assisting entrepreneurial opportunities in Southwest Virginia. 

The college joined Big Sandy Community College in Pikeville, Kentucky, in signing the NACCE’s Presidents for Entrepreneurship Pledge (PFEP). MECC President Kristen Westover along with Sherry Zylka of Big Sandy Community and Technical College (BSCTC) signed the PFEP pledge together during a recent ceremony in Pikeville. Area high school students, teachers and education officials participated in the event.

In taking the pledge, college presidents commit to five action steps aimed at advancing entrepreneurship in the classroom and in their communities. The action steps range from creating and expanding internal and external teams dedicated to entrepreneurship, to increasing entrepreneurs’ engagement in community colleges and spurring innovation and job creation.

“Entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial spirit are vital to the continued success of our region,” said Dr. Kristen Westover, MECC President. “Through the creation and support of existing entrepreneurs, MECC is committed to the expansion of entrepreneurial strategies to create new businesses, add opportunities for the region, and create conditions for a flourishing economy. Working with NACCE, we have the opportunity to apply proven methods to enhance entrepreneurial spirit and activity in our community.”

“The PFEP is a helpful tool for community college presidents who are seeking to embrace an entrepreneurial culture and mindset at their colleges,” said Rebecca Corbin, Ed.D., president and CEO of NACCE. “Signing the PFEP symbolizes their commitment to leveraging assets and maximizing entrepreneurial opportunities in their local communities and through the NACCE network.”

MECC and BSCTC share a common service area and similar demographics and are participants in the EntreEd program, which provides entrepreneurship curriculum for K-12 students. The two colleges are also recipients of Appalachian Regional Commission Power grants, which assists with retraining opportunities for laid-off coal miners and their families. The two presidents have vowed to work together to explore mutually beneficial collaborations.

NACCE is an organization of educators, administrators, presidents and entrepreneurs focused on igniting entrepreneurship in their communities and campuses. NACCE has two main goals: to empower college leaders to approach the business of running a community college with an entrepreneurial mindset and to grow the community college’s role in supporting job creation and entrepreneurs in their local ecosystem. NACCE has over 330 member colleges, representing nearly 2,000 members and approximately 3.3 million students.

For more information, visit www.mecc.edu or www.nacce.com

MECC Foundation to Host Benefit For Sue Ella Boatright-Wells Mountain Music School Memorial Scholarship

The Black Lillies

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will host a special benefit featuring internationally-acclaimed musical group The Black Lillies on Sunday, April 29 at 3 p.m. in the Goodloe Center.

Tickets for the event are $25 and can be purchased online at www.meccfoundation.org/mmsbenefit/. All proceeds from the event will benefit the Sue Ella Boatright-Wells Mountain Music School Memorial Scholarship. Backdraft Barbecue (food truck) will be available on campus for food purchases.

Sue Ella Boatright-Wells served as the Dean of Workforce Development for Mountain Empire Community College for 39 years. She touched hundreds of lives in her efforts to keep the culture and traditions of the Southwest Virginia region alive and growing, serving as a tireless advocate for workforce programs in Southwest Virginia. Sue Ella, who passed away in July of 2016, was the primary coordinator of the Home Craft Days Festival, was instrumental in the development of MECC’s Mountain Music School, and the Wise County and Scott County Jams afterschool program.

The scholarship, named in her honor, supports students who wish to attend the Mountain Music School one-week event held annually during the fourth week in July. Located in Big Stone Gap, Va., the school provides opportunities for students age 10 and up to experience traditional old-time music with fun and supportive instruction. Students may select an instrument and skill level of their choice, including beginning and advanced “old-time” fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, autoharp, and dog house bass. A limited number of instruments are available for loan for the week. In addition, those with intermediate and advanced skills can participate in an optional string-band class. Dance and sing along at daily concerts featuring some of the region’s most gifted old-time musicians. To learn more or to enroll, visit www.mountainmusicschool.org.

With four albums under their belts, The Black Lillies have been a mainstay on radio and album sales charts, winning praise from outlets including American Songwriter, Rolling Stone, NPR, CMT, Wall Street Journal and Billboard.  With their blend of folk, soul, red dirt country, blue and rock, The Black Lillies have enthralled audiences at festivals including Bonnaroo Music + Arts, New Orleans Jazz Fest, MerleFest, Stagecoach, CMA Fest & Fan Fair, and Pickathon. Equally at home on theatre stages and in rock clubs, they were one of the first independent bands to play the Grand Ole Opry and have since returned dozens of times.

For more information on the event or to purchase tickets, visit www.meccfoundation.org/mmsbenefit.

 

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MECC Offers Health & Fitness Course

Big Stone Gap — Are you interested in improving your eating habits and personal wellness? Mountain Empire Community College will offer HLT 138 – Principles of Nutrition as a one-credit online course beginning October 18. Students will study the nutrient components of food, including carbohydrates, fats, proteins, vitamins, minerals, and water. The course will provide a behavioral approach to nutrient guidelines for the development and maintenance of optimum wellness. Senior citizens may qualify for a tuition waiver for this course. For more information or to enroll, call 276.523.7474. 

MECC Offers 8-Week Accelerated Courses 

Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer a variety of accelerated 8-week course offerings this spring. Classes begin March 12 and include online and on-campus offerings. Topics in accounting, small business taxes, art, business, management, economics, medical terminology, computers & computer programming, cybersecurity, fitness, customer service, CPR, and psychology will be offered. Senior citizens may qualify for a tuition waiver for these classes. For more information, or to register, visit www.mecc.edu/go8 or call 276.523.7474.  

MECC Foundation to Honor the Late Mr. William Kenneth Gilley and Mrs. Thelma Sorah Gilley at Annual Hall of Honor Gala event

Ken and Thelma Gilley

Ken and Thelma Gilley

Big Stone Gap, VA – The Mountain Empire Community College Foundation will honor the late Mr. Ken Gilley and Mrs. Thelma Sorah Gilley at the annual Hall of Honor Gala on Saturday evening, April 21, 2018.

The gala theme is “Music of the Mountains,” and proceeds from the event will benefit the Gilley-Sorah Hall of Honor Mountain Music School Endowed Scholarship at MECC. Mountain Music School, held annually during the summer, draws many local and out-of-state students to the one-week program that carries on the rich musical heritage of our region.

The Gilleys will be recognized for their support of Mountain Empire Community College and their service to the region. They have been strong proponents of higher education in southwest Virginia, providing financial support to MECC. The Gilleys have created two scholarships, the William Kenneth Gilley Memorial Scholarship for Mountain Music School, and the Gilley-Sorah Endowed Scholarship, which was created along with their son, Michael, and Thelma’s sister, Shirley Walborn. Additionally, Mrs. Gilley was involved in establishing the East Stone Gap Tigers Scholarship at MECC.

The Gilleys were also active in civic organizations and volunteered in the community. Mr. Gilley worked for Norfolk Southern Railway for 41 years, and was a member of the Masonic Lodge and Shriners. Mrs. Gilley worked for the Virginia Division of Mines in Big Stone Gap, the Social Security Office in Norton, and retired from the Department of Labor as supervisor of the Black Lung Office in Norton. She also served as a negotiator for the local AFL-CIO. After their retirement, the Gilleys enjoyed taking classes at MECC and especially enjoyed participating in Mountain Music School.

The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp Commons of Phillips-Taylor Hall at 6 p.m., followed by a buffet dinner in the Goodloe Center at 6:45 p.m. A short recognition program will follow dinner, and musical entertainment by mountain music artists and bands will follow. Musicians will include Mountain Music School instructors, Chris Rose, Richard Phillips, Steve Souther, Joey O’Quinn, Sarah Kate Morgan, and Larry Mullins.  The evening will also feature some Mountain Music School students.

Event sponsorship opportunities are available. Visit www.meccfoundation.org for more information.

Tickets to the April 21 Gala event are $75 each and may be purchased by calling the MECC Foundation office at 276-523-7466 or by visiting the MECC Foundation website at http://www.meccfoundation.org/mecc-foundation-gala/.

Tickets may also be purchased by mail by sending a check to MECC Foundation, 3441 Mountain Empire Road, Big Stone Gap, VA, 24219, Please make checks payable to MECC Foundation and indicate in the memo section of your check “Gilley-Sorah Hall of Honor Mountain Music School Scholarship.”

If you have questions, or need additional information about the event, please contact the MECC Foundation Office at 276-523-7466, or e-mail Jeri Bledsoe at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

MECC Offers Small Business Tax Course

MECC will offer ACC 134 – Small Business Taxes as on online course beginning March 12. The course will introduce students to taxes most frequently encountered in business. It includes payroll, sales, property, and income tax. The instructor for the course is John Bledsoe. For more information, or to register, call MECC’s Enrollment Services Office at 276.523.7474.

MECC To Host Surface Mine Retraining Course

Big Stone Gap, Va. — MECC will offer a continuing education class for  Surface Retraining on Saturday, February 17th. The class will be held in Phillips-Taylor Hall Room 231 from 7 am to 4 pm. The class will be instructed by Greg Baker. The class registration fee is $50. For more information or to register, contact the Center for Workforce Development at 276.523.2400 ext. 372 or 225.

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

Big Stone Gap, VA — The MECC Foundation is pleased to announce the 42nd annual

John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival, featuring a presentation by guest author Sharyn McCrumb, on Wednesday, March 21 at 10 a.m.in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall.  

In coordination with the festival event, the MECC Foundation will host the 31st Annual Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest and the 14th Annual Lonesome Pine Poetry Contest.

Individuals interested in obtaining guidelines for submitting short story and poetry contest entries should contact Brandi McAfee in the MECC Foundation Office at (276) 523-7466. The deadline for submitting entries is Wednesday, February 28 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.meccfoundation.org.  Winners of the contest will be announced during the Literary Festival Event.

Sharyn McCrumb is an award-winning Southern writer, best known for her Appalachian “Ballad” novels, set in the North Carolina/Tennessee mountains, including the New York Times Best Sellers: The Ballad of Tom Dooley, She Walks These Hills and The Rosewood Casket. Her current novel The Unquiet Grave is a well-researched history of West Virginia’s Greenbrier Ghost.

In 2014, Sharyn McCrumb was awarded the Mary Frances Hobson Prize for Southern Literature by North Carolina’s Chowan University. Named a “Virginia Woman of History” in 2008 for Achievement in Literature, she was a guest author at the National Festival of the Book in Washington, D.C. in 2006. In April 2017, the national DAR named her a “Woman in the Arts” for literary achievement. In November 2017, the West Virginia Library Association presented Sharyn McCrumb with their Award of Merit for Contributions to Appalachian Literature.

McCrumb’s other honors include: AWA Outstanding Contribution to Appalachian Literature Award; the Chaffin Award for Southern Literature; the Plattner Award for Short Story; and AWA’s Best Appalachian Novel. She was named “Best Mountain Writer 2013” by Blue Ridge Country Magazine. A graduate of UNC- Chapel Hill, with an M.A. in English from Virginia Tech, McCrumb was the first writer-in-residence at King College in Tennessee. In 2005, she was honored as the Writer of the Year at Emory & Henry College.

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 $23 per person and reservations can be made by calling the MECC Foundation office at 276.523.7466.

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

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MECC to Offer Accounting Courses

Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer several accounting classes this spring designed for students with beginning to intermediate experience in the field.

ACC 211 – Principles of Accounting I introduces accounting principles with respect to financial reporting and focuses on the preparation of accounting information and its use in the operation of organizations, as well as methods of analysis and interpretation of accounting information.

ACC 212 – Principles of Accounting II introduces accounting principles with respect to cost and managerial accounting while focusing on the application of accounting information with respect to product costing, as well as its use within the organization to provide direction and to judge performance. ACC 222 – Intermediate Accounting II continues accounting principles and theory with emphasis on accounting for fixed assets, intangibles, corporate capital structure, long-term liabilities, and investments.

ACC 231 – Cost Accounting I studies cost accounting methods and reporting as applied to job order, process, and standard cost accounting systems. ACC 261 – Principles of Federal Taxation presents the study of federal taxation as it relates to individuals and other related entities and includes tax planning, compliance and reporting.

Pre-requisite courses are required for ACC 212, 222, 231 and 261. Classes begin January 10 and students are encouraged to register early. Financial aid may be available for qualified applicants. For more information on these courses, or to enroll, call MECC’s Business and Information Technology Division at 276.523.2400 ext. 462.

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MECC Receives $15,000 from Dominion Energy for Veterans Programs

Dominion Energy Grant

Pictured left to right: Bill Murray, vice president of State and Electric Public Policy; Bonnie Elosser, MECC Foundation Interim Director; Dr. Kristen Westover, MECC President; and Mark Kuhn, station director at the Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center.

Big Stone Gap, Va. – Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) was awarded $15,000 today to help provide educational opportunities for military veterans in the region. The gifts are being made through the Dominion Energy Charitable Foundation, the philanthropic arm of Dominion Energy.

MECC President Dr. Kristen Westover and MECC Foundation Interim Director Bonnie Elosser received the donations Tuesday at Dominion Energy’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center (VCHEC) in St. Paul, Va.

“Mountain Empire Community College is extremely grateful to Dominion Energy for this generous gift that will support veterans in expanding their education and training needs,” said Dr. Kristen Westover, MECC President.  “The timing of this gift also coincides with the unveiling of the new Virginia Community College System Veteran’s Education and Career Exploration Portal (VECEP), an online portal designed to assist students in aligning prior learning and military educational background with college credit to help them complete a college certificate or degree.”

MECC was among three community colleges in the region chosen to receive such a grant, which will benefit educational and career training initiatives aimed at helping current and former military service members reenter the civilian workforce.

Bill Murray, Dominion’s vice president of state & electric public policy, and Mark Kuhn, director of power generation at VCHEC, presented the checks to the MECC representatives at a small ceremony held at the power station.

“Our veterans have faithfully served our nation, and this is another way Dominion Energy can show its thanks and appreciation. These men and women have returned from military service and are now integrating themselves into civilian life. We’re proud to be a part of helping veterans in Southwest Virginia achieve their academic and career goals,” noted Dominion’s Kuhn.

Specifically, MECC plans to use the donation to help with scholarships and other services to support veterans in their education and career training endeavors. The community college’s chapter of Student Veterans of America provides peer support and mentoring for veterans and their families.

MECC is greatly appreciative of the efforts Dominion Energy has made to support veterans in our communities. As a founding partner of the national Troops to Energy Jobs program, the company actively helps military members find rewarding careers in the energy industry. Currently, one in five new hires at Dominion Energy is a veteran, and about 11 percent of the company’s more than 16,000 employees are veterans.

Mountain Empire Community College is a comprehensive two-year college serving residents of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson Counties, and the City of Norton. For more information on MECC and the college’s degree programs, visit www.mecc.edu or call 276.523.2400.

 

 

 

Nominations Sought for 2018 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award

Big Stone Gap – The Mountain Empire Community College Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee is seeking nominations for the 2018 MECC Outstanding Alumnus Award.

The award recognizes alumni who have made significant contributions to one or more areas including their professional, academic, and personal achievements, civic service, or service to MECC.

All living MECC alumni 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 Board and the MECC Foundation Board 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 on college’s website at www.mecc.edu/alumni-award-nomination or the MECC Foundation website, www.meccfoundation.org. There is no limit to the number of nominations that one may submit. The deadline for nominations is January 31, 2018.

A subcommittee of the MECC Alumni and Friends Advisory Committee will select the winner of the award and the winner will be announced at the annual Scholars’ Recognition Night banquet scheduled for Wednesday, April 11, 2018.

 For questions, please contact Jeri Bledsoe at 276.523.2400, extension 287, or by e-mail at jbledsoe@mecc.edu.

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