Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a beginning class in network security this summer. ITN 260 Network Security Basics provides in-depth instruction in the basics of network security, including security objectives, security architecture, security models, and security layers. Topics such as risk management, network security policy, and security training will also be covered. The class will focus on the five security keys – confidential, integrity, availability, accountability, and auditability. ITN 260 will be offered Wednesday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., June 8 to August 3. To register, contact MECC’s Enrollment Service Office at 276.523.7474 or visit www.mecc.edu/apply.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer two college credit courses in drone technology this summer. AVI-195 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will cover the principles of building, programming, and flying drones. Students will receive hands-on training in quadcopter design and construction as well as learn to fly both assisted and unassisted FPV (First Person View) quadcopters. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., June 7 to August 3. AVI-295 Unmanned Aerial Systems Control Stations provides the skills and knowledge to design, construct, and configure portable ground control stations for UAS operation, monitoring, and data acquisition. The course includes topics in software and hardware selection along with UAS Operator/Observer principles and techniques. The course will be held Thursdays evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., June 2 to August 3. To register, contact MECC’s Enrollment Service Office at 276.523.7474 or visit www.mecc.edu/apply.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will host an information session for individuals and family members who have been laid-off due to mining and mining-related industry labor reductions.
The session will be held Tuesday, May 24 from 5:30 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. at MECC’s Dalton Cantrell Hall. Dislocated workers may qualify for free educational training supported by Mountain Empire Community College, the POWER-RESOURCE FULL National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) Project, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board. MECC will offer two training opportunities this summer in welding and 3-D design for individuals who qualify for WIOA funds.
Those interested in applying should bring their lay-off or closure letter to the information session. For more information, visit www.mecc.edu/power or call 276.523.2400.
Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the Fall 2016 Phlebotomy cohort. Students interested in completing this two-semester, 25 credit program are encouraged to apply online at www.mecc.edu/forms. The deadline for applications is July 15, 2016. Students will begin class in August.
MECC is pleased to announce the following students are completing the requirements for a Career Studies Certificate in Phlebotomy. The Spring 2016 Phlebotomy cohort graduates are: L-R: Brianna Rose, Savannah Scalf, Stephanie Fultz, Jasmine Key, Rebecca Milam, Jordan Kelley, Kelsey Baker, Amber Graham, Ashton Steadman, Taylor Oakley, Brittany Jarrett, Alexis Casados, and Megan Clouse. Not pictured are Kendra Blevins and LaShalia Dorton.
For more information on MECC’s Phlebotomy program or other health science programs, contact Kim Dorton, Health Sciences Coordinator, at 276.523.7456 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will host an information session for individuals and family members who have been laid-off due to mining and mining-related industry labor reductions.
The session will be held Tuesday, May 10 from 6 p.m. to 8 p.m. at MECC’s Dalton Cantrell Hall. Dislocated workers may qualify for free educational training supported by the POWER-RESOURCE FULL National Dislocated Worker Grant (NDWG) Project, the Workforce Innovation Opportunity Act (WIOA), and the Southwest Virginia Workforce Development Board. MECC will offer two training opportunities this summer in welding and 3-D design for individuals who qualify for WIOA funds.
Those interested in applying should bring their lay-off or closure letter to the information session. For more information, visit www.mecc.edu/power or call 276.523.2400 ext. 431.
MECC Offers Concealed Weapons Class
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a Concealed Weapons Permit course Saturday, June 4 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. The cost for the course is $100. Pre-registration is required. This class satisfies the requirements for a concealed weapons permit, and will cover legal guidelines, safety issues, and hands-on instruction on the firing range. Early registration is recommended as this class has limited spots available. To register go to www.mecc.edu/workforce and complete the Non-Credit Registration form or contact Beth Campbell at 276.523.2400 Ext. 225 or email@example.com.
MECC Offers Basic First Aid & CPR
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Workforce Development Center will offer Basic First Aid & CPR training on Saturday, May 7 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. in Phillips Taylor Room 231. The fee for this course is $70. To register go to www.mecc.edu/workforce and complete the Non-Credit Registration form or contact Beth Campbell at 276.523.2400 Ext. 225 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce the college has received the Virginia Community College System 2016 Excellence in Education Award for Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom for the development of Southwest Virginia’s first mobile solar-powered energy system.
MECC’s SPARC-E (Solar-Powered Alternative Renewable Clean Energy) was designed and created by students and staff in the college’s industrial electronics, solar energy, and welding programs. The unit includes 12 solar modules that are capable of producing approximately 5,000 watts of power for use as a direct power-source or as a back-up generator for any power grid.
SPARC-E can serve as an energy provider to community events and potential emergency response assistance. The unit powered two major events at MECC in 2015 – the Home Craft Days Festival and the Haunted Forest attraction.
The VCCS Excellence in Education (EIE) Award: Innovative Use of Technology in the Face-to-Face and Online Classroom provides individuals or teams an opportunity to showcase their use of a technology-based idea, tool, or process created for direct use in the classroom or online. MECC’s SPARC-E project was selected as one of four finalists, competing with three other Virginia community colleges in the innovative use of technology category. MECC representatives were presented with the award during the annual VCCS New Horizons Conference in Roanoke, April 12.
“We are thrilled that our students and staff were recognized for their efforts,” said MECC President Scott Hamilton. “This innovative project not only provided a hands-on learning opportunity for students in industrial technology programs, it will also be used as a recruitment and educational tool for our electromechanical, energy, and advanced manufacturing programs.”
For more information on MECC’s SPARC-E unit, or industrial technology programs at Mountain Empire Community College, contact the MECC’s Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480.
The 2016 gala, titled, “Heart of Gold” will be held on the Mountain Empire Community College campus Saturday, April 30, at 6 p.m. The evening will begin with a reception in the Slemp 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. Musical entertainment will be provided by Michael Trigiani.
Hall of Honor Inductee, Karen K. Hall, will be recognized for her dedicated service to Mountain Empire Community College and to the community. Proceeds from the event will establish the Karen K. Hall Student Success Fund. The primary use of this new fund will be to support the Great Expectations program at MECC, which helps current and former foster youth explore career possibilities, get enrolled, and complete college and financial aid applications. Great Expectations coaches also work with enrolled students to ensure their success in community college and beyond, connecting them as needed with tutors, scholarship opportunities, community resources, and other sources of support.
Donations to the Karen K. Hall Student Success Fund may be mailed 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 “Karen K. Hall Student Success Fund”.
For more information on the event, or to purchase tickets, please visit the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation website at www.meccfoundation.org.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, this spring at locations in Wise, Dickenson, and Scott County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC in Summer and Fall 2016, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC Mobile Enroll van. On Tuesday, April 12, Mobile Enroll will be located at the Clintwood Sleep Inn parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and at the Wise Food City parking lot from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Thursday, April 14, Mobile Enroll will be located at the Pennington Gap Food City parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. and the Duffield Food Country parking lot from 1:30 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday, May 6 Mobile Enroll will be stationed at the Weber City Food City parking lot from 9:30 a.m. to 11:30 a.m. For more information on MECC’s Mobile Enroll, contact MECC Recruiter Todd Clendenon at 276.523.7434 or email email@example.com.
Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is excited to announce a new online search tool that assists students and community members in viewing available classes. Those interested in enrolling in for the summer and fall 2016 semester can now visit www.mecc.edu/class to view the list of classes available by subject, location, semester, catalog number, instructor and more. In addition, the class search features detailed information on class start and end times, prerequisites, and whether the class is filled or open for enrollment. The class search is also available on the MECC website main page, www.mecc.edu, under the “Schedule” heading. Registration for the summer 2016 and fall 2016 semesters begins Monday, April 4. To register for a class, new students must apply for admittance and returning students should log in to their MECC Online Student Information System account. For more information, contact firstname.lastname@example.org or visit the MECC website at www.mecc.edu.
Big Stone Gap — 20-year old Mountain Empire Community College student Emily Hjulstrom smiles widely as she recites one of her favorite inspirational quotes: “Shoot for the moon. Even if you miss, you’ll land among the stars.”
The quote is entirely appropriate for Hjulstrom, as her hard work and persistence has earned her a spot in one of the top aerospace science programs in the country.
Hjulstrom is one of 200 students nationwide selected to participate in the NASA Community College Aerospace Scholars Program, a five-week online learning experience that culminates with top scholars attending a three-day workshop at one of NASA’s facilities.
Hjulstrom, who has a 4.0 GPA and serves as the supplemental instruction leader and tutor at MECC, was nominated to participate in the program by MECC Science Instructors Carol Burkart and Tony Russo.
“After observing how much Emily put into her work study duties, class work and spending time in the lab to study I had no doubt that she would succeed,” said MECC Biology Instructor Tony Russo.
Born in Blacksburg, Virginia, Hjulstrom’s path to college is atypical. Describing her high school grades as “terrible,” she decided not to attend college after graduation and went straight into the job market. She lived in Long Island for a year and worked as a nanny and in other education-related positions before deciding to go back to college. Hjulstrom met her future husband, who is originally from Pound, Va., and moved to Southwest Virginia last summer. She enrolled at Mountain Empire Community College in the fall of 2015.
“I came here interested in astronomy and ended up really liking biology,” said Hjulstrom. “I was able to get a work study position with Dr. Burkart and I also tutor students in biology in the Learning Center and teach supplemental instruction. So, I’m a full-time student, and I work two jobs. It can be stressful and I’ve had a few breakdowns along the way. But I’m so happy to be here.”
As if she wasn’t busy enough, Hjulstrom had to enroll in a four credit web-based course at Oklahoma State University this spring to qualify for the NASA Scholars program. The course involved approximately 20 hours of work online, webinars with NASA engineers and scientists, and a group project planning a mission to Mars.
Hjulstrom was among a select group of the top students in the online class chosen to visit NASA’s Stennis Space Center April 11-14. She will work on a team project mentored by NASA engineers, attend briefings by engineers and scientists, tour NASA facilities, compete in a rover competition and much more.
Hjulstrom’s career goal is to become an astrobiologist, studying the potential of past and future life in space. Setting a goal and focusing all of your energy toward completing that goal has served as the primary motivator for her. She encourages other college students to do the same.
“A lot of people have told me I’m smart. But I don’t think that I am. I just work really hard and that is why I’m successful. I’m no different than anyone else. You just have to know what you want and be willing to work to get there.”
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold its 2016 Job Expo and College Transfer Fair on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center, Phillips-Taylor Hall. More than 35 regional employers seeking qualified job applicants will participate. An estimated 20 colleges and universities representatives will also be on hand to speak with students regarding college transfer opportunities. The event is free and open to the public.
Attendees are encouraged to bring a resume and dress professionally. Employers attending this year’s event include Eastman Chemical Company, Micronic Technologies, Mountain States Health Alliance, Appalachian Regional Healthcare, Virginia State Police, Wallens Ridge State Prison, USP Lee, Food City, Appalachian Power, American Healthcare, and many more.
Transfer institutions attending the event include Milligan College, Lincoln Memorial University, Morehead State University, Emory & Henry College, University of Pikeville, Virginia Tech, ETSU, Alice Lloyd College and many others.
For more information on MECC’s 2016 Job Expo & College Transfer Fair, contact Beth Boggs, Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.2400 ext. 324 or visit www.mecc.edu/jobexpo.
Big Stone Gap, VA –Mountain Empire Community College is currently accepting applications for the 12th Annual Mountain Music School, to be held on campus July 25-29.
MECC’s Mountain Music School is a week-long event dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture. Students from age 10 and up learn to play an instrument of their choice, including beginning and advanced options in “old-time” fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, autoharp, guitar, mandolin, dulcimer, shape note singing, and dog house bass. In addition, a string-band class for intermediate/advanced musicians is offered for students who want to expand their skills in a group setting. A limited number of instruments are available to loan during the week.
“We are excited to host the 12th annual Mountain Empire Community College Mountain Music School and we look forward to a great week with students of all ages. Workshops, concerts, and many other activities are planned. We invite you to join us for a week or learning and fun,” said Sue Ella Boatright-Wells, MECC’s Dean of Workforce Development.
Registration for Mountain Music School is $150 for the week, which includes lunch each day, and a t-shirt. Classes are held from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Scholarships are also available for students 18 years and younger.
To register for the 12th Annual Mountain Music School, or to apply for a scholarship, please visit the Mountain Music School website at www.mountainmusicschool.org or call (276) 523-2400 ext. 225.
The fourth annual gathering will introduce and promote the autoharp, lap dulcimers, penny whistle, and bodhran (Irish drum) to beginning musicians and extend the knowledge and skills of seasoned musicians. The goal of the festival is to preserve the traditional performance of the autoharp and lap dulcimer by attracting and teaching youth and adults the culture and musical heritage of the region. The autoharp and lap dulcimer have a long tradition with musical performance in the Appalachian region. The autoharp was an instrument featured in early country music and the recording sessions in Bristol. These two instruments came to our region through German ancestors.
While Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) has long supported musical heritage programs, such as the college’s Home Craft Days Festival and annual Mountain Music School, music faculty saw a need to dedicate a program to sweet folk instruments. “The festival began in March of 2013 because the music faculty at MECC were concerned with the low participation in performance classes for the autoharp and lap dulcimer,” said Gathering Organizer Michael Gilley. “Fewer students, especially our youth students, were registering for autoharp and lap or mountain dulcimer classes. In an effort to promote these instruments, we decided to start this the Sweet Folk Instruments Gathering to promote instruments which might be overlooked.”
Gilley noted that since the event’s inception, the festival has grown in the number of attendees. “We doubled the number of attendees, particularly younger musicians, over the first three years. Our goal for this year is to again double our youth participation,” Gilley said. “We are offering the instrument workshops at half price to youth, ages 6-18 who have participated in the Wise County Jams program and/or MECC’s Mountain Music School.”
Workshop students do not have to own an instrument to attend. Autoharps, lap dulcimers, and a few bodhrans will be available to loan for the day at no cost. Penny whistle kits (penny whistle with instructional songbook) will also be available for purchase with advanced online workshop registration. Instructors for the workshops include Dexter Ramey of Abingdon, VA for beginning autoharp; Anne Lough of Asheville, NC for intermediate and advanced autoharp, Rhodyjane Meadows of Roan Mountain, TN for beginning lap dulcimer; Butch Ross of Chattanooga, TN for intermediate and advanced lap dulcimer; and Lonny Finley of Erwin, TN for penny whistle and bodhran.
Participants may enroll in three-hour workshops scheduled in the morning and afternoon. Each workshop is $30 per person. Instrument workshops are limited to 14 students. Workshop attendees who register for a full day of workshops will receive a free concert ticket.
This year, the public concert will be a lunchtime concert, scheduled from 12:15 p.m. to 2:15 p.m. The concert will feature Dexter Ramey and Friends, Anne Lough, Butch Ross, Lonnie Finley, and Rhodyjane Meadows. The concert is open to the public. Concert tickets are $10 per adult at the door and $5 in advance if ordered online. Concert tickets are free for all youth under 18 years of age and for adult students who register for more than one instrument workshop. Box lunches, turkey wrap or vegetarian wrap, are available for the afternoon concert if purchased in advance.
Pre-registration is required for the instrument workshops, penny whistle kits, reduced concert tickets, and box lunches with application and fees due by Monday, March 14, 2016.
Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a series of free financial aid workshops in March, April, and May designed for high school, college, and adult students who plan to attend college during the 2018-2019 academic year. Workshops will be held on Tuesdays at 2:15 p.m. in Godwin Hall Room 118
Each workshop will offer free, professional, one-on-one assistance completing the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid). Any student, including those who do not plan to attend MECC next year, is welcome to attend, as well as their parent(s). Pre-registration is required to attend a workshop session.
Participants should plan to bring the following items to the event:
- 2016 Federal Tax Return (including W-2, for you and your parents if a dependent)
- 2016 untaxed income
- Social Security numbers for you and your parents/spouse
- Dates of Birth
- Information on savings, investments, business and farm assets (for student and parents)
Save time and apply for an FSA ID in advance at http://studentaid.gov/fsaid.
If you need assistance with completing your FAFSA, please stop by the financial aid office during normal business hours and staff will be glad to assist you.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a course this spring designed for senior citizens to upgrade their technology skills. ITE-195 Basic Computer Skills is designed for students who need to learn how to use email, send digital photos or documents, search the web, create documents, and basic file management and organization. Students will be introduced to the Windows 8 operating system and Microsoft Office Word 2013. The class will meet on Thursday evenings from 6 to 8 p.m. in Phillips/Taylor Hall room 122. The first night of class is March 17. Todd Hines will serve as the instructor. To enroll, call 276.523.7474.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is currently recruiting employers to participate in the 2016 Job Expo on Wednesday, April 6 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Phillips-Taylor Hall Goodloe Center. This free event allows employers to meet one-on-one with prospective job applicants, including current students, graduates, and community members. MECC’s Job Expo is a great networking opportunity for regional businesses and those interested in learning more about potential internship opportunities with existing MECC academic and technical programs. Participating employers will be provided lunch, Wi-Fi access, and a table and two chairs for the event. Set up will be held begin at 8:30 a.m., with the event to be held from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the Goodloe Center. To register to participate, please visit Mountain Empire Community College’s website at www.mecc.edu/jobexpo. To learn more about the 2016 Job Expo, contact Beth Boggs, Career Counselor, at (276) 523-2400 ext. 324.
Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The class is designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning March 15 to April 21, from 3 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. A second session will be held this on Thursday evenings, July 14 to August 11 from 5:30 to 8:30 p.m. Quick Start allows students to earn college credit while learning the basics of attending MECC. Topics such as success skills and career options are covered. Students are also able to refresh their computer, math, and English skills with one-on-one assistance. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). For more information on the Quick Start program, or to enroll, contact Beth Boggs, MECC Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.7438 or by email at email@example.com. Visit the program website at www.mecc.edu/quickstart.
Big Stone Gap – Interested in becoming a private pilot? Mountain Empire Community College will offer an online course this spring designed to prepare students for the FAA private pilot examination and to operate unmanned aerial systems (drones).
MECC will offer ARO (Aviation) 121 – Private Pilot Ground School beginning March 14 through May 9. This three-credit class will present the fundamental principles of flight. Topics include the theory of flight, aircraft standards and specifications, basic aircraft construction, weight and balance, navigation, meteorology, principles of radio communication, and application of aero-physics.
Jordan Bates will serve as the instructor for the course. Bates holds a Bachelor’s degree in Aeronautics and a private pilot license.
Cost for the course will be $436.50. No textbook is required. For more information, contact Fran Doyle, Assistant Dean for Business & Technology, at 276.523. 2400 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. To enroll in the course, visit www.mecc.edu/apply.
Big Stone Gap, VA — The MECC Foundation is pleased to announce the 40th annual John Fox, Jr. Literary Festival, featuring presentations by guest authors Robert Prather and Holly Goddard Jones, on Wednesday, March 16 at 10 a.m. in the Goodloe Center of Phillips-Taylor Hall. Books will be available for purchase and signing.
The MECC Foundation will also host the 29th Annual Lonesome Pine Short Story Contest and the 12th Annual Lonesome Pine Poetry Contest, in partnership with Lonesome Pine Arts & Crafts, Inc. Individuals interested in obtaining contest guidelines should contact the MECC Foundation Office at 276.523-7466. Contest rules are also available at www.meccfoundation.org. Short stories and poems in the adult, high school (grades 9 through 12), and middle school (grades 5 through 8) categories must be submitted to the MECC Foundation office by Monday, February 29th at 4:30 p.m. Contest winners will be announced during the Literary Festival on March 16, and cash prizes will be awarded.
Holly Goddard Jones’ first book, Girl Trouble, was published in 2009 by Harper Perennial. Stories from the collection were published in various journals and anthologies, including Best American Mystery Stories 2008, New Stories from the South 2007 and 2008, The Southern Review, Epoch, The Gettysburg Review, The Kenyon Review, Shenandoah, and The Hudson Review. The Next Time You See Me, Holly’s debut novel, was published in February 2013 by Touchstone, an imprint of Simon & Schuster.
Robert A. Prather and his wife reside near Garrett, Kentucky, where they own and operate a small business. Mr. Prather is author of The Strange Case of Jonathan Swift and the Real Long John Silver. As a project field editor, Robert Prather has worked with Acclaim Press developing county history books. In 2012, Reader’s Favorite awarded it a Silver Medal for the Historical/Cultural category. The book has also received the prestigious Silver ADDY for its cover and overall design. In February of 2012, the book’s primary subject matter was presented on History Channel 2 on its popular series America’s Book of Secrets, the “Fort Knox” episode.
The John Fox, Jr. Festival will be followed by a reservation-only luncheon with the featured speakers 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, please visit our website at www.meccfoundation.org.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that four of the college’s applied engineering degree programs have been awarded national accreditation from the Association of Technology, Management, and Applied Engineering (ATMAE).
ATMAE is recognized as a premier accreditor of technology programs in colleges, universities, and technical institutes. Accreditation ensures that MECC’s programs meet current industry standards. Accreditation also affirms that MECC students are prepared to enter the workforce in their perspective fields. Finally, accreditation provides MECC staff opportunities to engage in professional development that builds on their current knowledge and practice in management, technology, and applied engineering.
The following MECC degree options were accredited by ATMAE for four years:
- Computer Aided Drafting & Design Technology
- Applied Sciences in Technical Studies, Welding
- Computer Manufacturing Technology, Electromechanical Technology
- Computer Manufacturing Technology, Industrial Electronics
A team of ATMAE representatives visited MECC in fall 2015 to review MECC’s degree program standards, staff teaching practices, and student learning resources. Based on a two-day in-person review and submitted documentation of program curriculum and industry partnerships, the college received notification of the accreditation award in December 2015.
“ATMAE is a third-party validation of our applied engineering programs that is recognized on a national level. It is important for our programs to be nationally accredited by the industry because it demonstrates that our curriculum is up to date and meets the requirements of today’s employer,” said Tommy Clements, Dean of Applied Science and Technology.
MECC’s Computer-Aided Drafting & Design Technology program introduces students to architectural and mechanical design preparing them to work in mechanical, architectural, structural steel, and civil engineering drafting and design fields. MECC students utilize CADD operations extensively, along with Micro-Station PC, AutoCAD, and 3D software.
MECC’s Applied Science in Welding trains students with the skills necessary to enter employment as apprentice welders in the manufacturing, construction, and mining fields. Course work includes a strong emphasis in welding technology with related courses in computer applications, quality control, teamwork, and communication.
MECC’s Computerized Manufacturing Technology, Electromechanical Technology Specialization program trains students in electrical, electronic, and mechanical components of manufacturing systems. Emphasis is on programmable logic controllers, motor controls, piping systems, process controls, and valves and related components. Computer skills and teamwork are also emphasized. Developed in cooperation with Eastman Chemical Company, the program enables qualified students to secure an apprenticeship with Eastman Chemical Company while completing their degree program.
The Computerized Manufacturing Technology Industrial Electronics Specialization program is designed to prepare students for
employment as electronic technicians, electronic equipment repairers, quality assurance technicians, computer repair technicians, process control technicians, engineering technicians and manufacturing technicians. While the primary emphasis of the degree focuses on the industrial and manufacturing areas, many graduates find employment in the health and service sectors as electronic or computer technicians. Course work includes a strong emphasis in the computer technology field including how to interface, upgrade, and repair computer related equipment and systems.
For more information on ATMAE accreditation, visit www.ATMAE.org. For more information on MECC’s applied engineering programs, contact Tommy Clements, Dean of Applied Sciences and Technology at 276.523.2400 ext. 431 or visit www.mecc.edu/programs.
Big Stone Gap — The following students were recognized for academic honors in the fall 2015 semester.
The following students have been named to the MECC Merit List for the fall 2015 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: Tristen Blair, Devin Bristol, Kaitlyn Collins, Megan Davidson, Martha Davis, John Honeycutt, Brandy Jones, Hope Phillips, Summer Seymore, Gayce Snyder, Robert Stidham, Ciaran Wheatley, and Tiffany Wingate.
ASHBURN: Kevin Anderson.
BEE: Kaillen Deel.
BEN HUR: Hannah Coleman.
BIG STONE GAP: Ginger Baker, Hannah Blair, Derrick Clark, Emily Collins, Reagan Craft, Kimberly Day, Richard Dishner, Hunter Dorton, Trey Fannon, Candace Flanary, Jacob Fox, Deanna Gentry, Madison Gibson, Christen Gilley, Heather Gilley, Ashley Hampton, Daniel Hart, Kristy Hood-Pickell, Titus Houston, Makayla Hubbard, Cathy Johnson, Cody Jones, Jordan Kelley, Tanner Kennedy, Eddie Kilbourne, Cassidy Lane, Allison Lawson, Camryn Lowery, Sydney McKinney, Matthew Morelock, Haley Mullins, Jason Neeley, James Poff, Haley Pope, Judy Ray, Cary Schoolcraft, Samuel Shortt, Savannah Smith, Amy Stapleton, Jeffery Sykes, and James Wynn.
BIRCHLEAF: Jessi Bellamy.
BLACKWATER: Charley Carroll, Jessica Eldridge, Breanna Napier, and Goldie Sluss.
CASTLEWOOD: Fayette Hayes, Natasha Mullins, Emily Slemp, Yolanda Slemp, and Courtney White.
CHURCH HILL: Peyton Hickman and Shauna Sturgill.
CLINCHCO: Eliza Peters.
CLINTWOOD: Steven Baker, Julie Boggs, Trevor Coleman, Christian Culbertson, Madison Davis, Whitney Davis, Ashley Farmer, Timothy Fryatt, Ivvy Gulley, John Hamilton, Chloe Hayes, Charles Hill, Roy Moore, Amanda Mullins, Chandler Mullins, Kayla Mullins, Sierra Mullins, Sydni Mullins, Katlyn Phillips, Camron Phipps, Geena Phipps, Tiffany Pigott, Tiara Rose, Mattie Stanley, Sabrina Stanley, Ryan Vaughan, and Montica Yates.
COEBURN: Tyler Adams, Ashley Arney, Laken Austin, Burley Ball, Emily Blankenship, Timothy Boyd, Isabella Branham, Austin Buchanan, Brianna Clark, Marcus Clark, McKenzie Clay, Rebecca Cochran, Whitney Ferguson, Amber Funk, Tyler Gardner, Charles Gibson, Megan Greear, Whitney Hale, Kaitlyn Hall, Hunter Helbert, Amanda Holland, Kaylee Jones, Nicolette Kecev, MaKayla Kennedy, Hannah Kilgore, Alyssa Lawson, Katherine Lawson, Zackaria Lundy, Kaylee Mahan, Hayley McCarty, Christopher Meade, Jody Meade, Marcus Meade, Chantry Powers, Alexander Pritchard, Rebecca Puckett, Allison Rose, Giles Sartin, Tobie Sexton, Tanya Shelton, Toni Stamper, and Haley Wright.
CUMBERLAD: John Jones.
DANTE: Taylor Rose and Gentry Shreve.
DRYDEN: Haley Bryson, Lindsey Carroll, Brandon Dillman, Ramona Drescher, Heather Ely, Jesse Gilliam, Ashley Hall, Corey McNeil, Lindsay McNeil, Rebecca Milam, Angela Moore, Chailene Sanders, Alex Sexton, and Brandi White.
DUFFIELD: Victoria Addison, Dana Barnette, Jordan Bowen, Savanah Bowen, James Carlson, Melissa Christian, Krista Collins, Jacob Dean, Amanda Dockery, Makayla Fields, Sarah Harris, Savanna Hass, Joshua Hubbard, Phillip Kerns, Michael Kilgore, Chelsie Lewis, Jonathan McNew, Jonathan McNew, Mysti Mullins, Brady Palmer, Luke Pennington, Anna Proctor, Anthony Ramey, Michael Rasnic, Victoria Sage, Amber Shupe, Lauren Tankersley, and Holly Williams.
DUNGANNON: Stephanie Finch, Cole Maggard, Chrisy Perry, and Tyler Sims.
EAST STONE GAP: Marcia Broissa Smith.
EWING: MaKayla Yeary.
- BLACKMORE: Ryan Babb, Emily Estepp, Erica Gibson, Tristan Nash, Kaylee Payne, Alexander Qualls, Amy Sexton, Ashley Sexton, Courtney Smith, and Keila Vaughn.
GATE CITY: Makenze Baker, Morgan Baker, Olivia Baker, John Barnes, Mickela Billings, Gage Blakely, Shane Boggs, Alyssa Clark, Lindsay Collins, Brittany Compton, Heather Crabtree, Jordan Cunningham, Austin Davis, Tanner Dingus, Kelsey Dockery, Cooper Garrett, Lindsey Harper, Destiny Hatfield, Thomas Henry, Brooklyn Hensley, Meagen Hood, Jordan Houseright, Martika Hutchinson, Hannah Kilgore, Krista Laney, Jessica Lawson, Quentin Mann, Matthew Martin, Jordon Matlock, Jonathan McDivitt, Andrea Murray, Ethan Penley, Cassie Ramey, Nina Rhoton, Channa Sanders, Savannah Scalf, Katherine Starnes, Kiera Starnes, Katelyn Thomas, Abby Wettack, Emily Williams, Lauren Williams, and Jessica Winters
HAYSI: Collin Hillman, Geneva Pickering, Lisa Rife, Telena Turner, and Hayden Woods.
HILTONS: Madison Clark, Jennifer Hensley, Nicole Hobbs, Wesley Hughes, and AKeyla White.
INDEPENDENCE: Katy Richardson.
JONESVILLE: Brian Allen, Kennedy Allen, Taylor Anderson, Ethan Cave, Megan Clouse, Steven Clouse, Tiffany Cody, Kenzie Crusenberry, Bridget Davis, Courtney Eldridge, Julia Eldridge, Jessee Fee, Stephanie Flinders, Emily Gurganus, Savannah Jarvis, Alana Jones, Katie McDonald, Kenzi McPherson, Kelsey Sexton, Alley Skidmore, Mary Van Cleave, and Morgan White.
KEOKEE: Benjamin Collins and Rebecca Disney.
KINGSPORT: Brandon Baskette, Autumn Berry, Kristie Castle, Emily Charles, Christina Haun, Jonathan Hood, Cody Jessee, Brooke Lawson, Ezra McNutt, LeAnn Ramey, Heather Sigmon, and Josh Strong.
KYLES FORD: Sarah Mullins.
MCROBERTS: Nicholas Williams.
NICKELSVILLE: Rebacca Barnett, Pamela Castle, Tyler Culbertson, Abagail Farmer, Whitney Hillman, Sylvia Isaacs, Jasmine McCloud, Linda Minnix, Savanna Phillips, Kasey Repass, and Jesse Stiner.
NORA: Allyson Stanley.
NORTON: Caitlin Absher, Victoria Adams, Clayton Baker, Rachel Bay, Melvyn Belcher, Breanna Bevins, Crystal Branham, Cheyenne Brown, Sheena Carroll, Tannor Cates, Amanda Chavarria, April Darnell, Isaac Davis, Reagan Elkins, Vallen Ellis, Brian Fields, Pierceton Hobbs, Tyler Howell, Charisma Hunter, Tyler Ingle, Cameron Jenkins, Jacob Jessee, Joshua Jessee, Ginger Joseph, Jonathan Lester, Shacodi Mays, Marye Minor, Nicole Mullins, Jennifer Oakes, Brittany Phelps, Virginia Phillips, Brian Potter, Tiffany Roberts, Stacy Robinson, Tammy Stanley, Christi Stidham, Sarah Sturgill, Christopher Sutton, Logan Sutton, Courtney Terry, Amanda Thacker, Carla Thompson, Emily Trent, David Underwood, Elizabeth Vanover, and Nathan Ward.
PENNINGTON GAP: Justin Anderson-Woodard, Autumn Bishop, Tamra Brewer, Jessica Brock, Destiny Butler, Haley Fannon, Rachel Fee, Kristopher Goins, Craig Harvel, Katelyn Hurlock, Ashley Kegley, Kelly Long, Amanda Muncy, Jordan Robbins, Matthew Smith Corey Stewart, and Willie Turner.
POUND: Destiney Barnett, Rebecca Blanton, Ashtin Brown, Isaac Deel, Alexis Dotson, Jesse Dye, Justin Elkins, Dallas Eskridge, Olivia Fast, Kendra Gilmore, Peter Holbrook, Candace Keith, Kayla McCoy, Lindsey McReynolds, Mariah Meade, Ethan Moore, Grayson Mullins, Hensel Mullins, Danielle Perkins, Kenneth Robinson, Brianna Rose, Kristen Sexton, Jessica Short, Dakota VanHuss, Dustin Vanover, and Jordan White.
ROGERSVILLE: Orien Altman.
ROSE HILL: Nicholas Hatfield, Stephanie Long, Jacob Patterson, Joshua Patterson, and Tyler Shuler.
- CHARLES: Karisa Norman and Julie Witt.
- PAUL: Emily Baker, Juanita Collins, Michael Grimes, Pamela Hall, Emily Richardson, and Joshua Sturgill.
TURDA, ROMANIA: Vlad Undreiu.
VIRGINIA BEACH: Abigail Demegillo.
WEBER CITY: Tyler Fields, Laura Lawson, Nicholas Qualls, and Casey Wood.
WILLIAMSBURG: Timothy Minich.
WISE: Bethany Adkins, Jennifer Bailey, Jordan Balthis, Christopher Basham, Victoria Bays, Melissa Beller, Adam Bowen, Ashley Broyles, Jacob Buchanan, Tabathia Cain, Jessica Caldwell, Carrie Cantrell, Andrea Church, Hannah Colley, Amiee Craft, Kenneth Crowson, Kelli Dingus, Ethan Elkins, Daniel England, Morgan Fleming, Nancy Gale, Thomas Gervais, Sophie Gonzalez-Prince, Angela Gorman, Amanda Hall, Frank Hall, Sharon Hall, Kaitlyn Hamilton, Christopher Heffner, Christa Holmes, Brittany Hopkins, Charles Huff, Rikki Hull, Matthew Kennedy, Bobby Kern, Sharon Kiser, Ashton Laney, Thomas Lawson, Brittany Lewis, Emily Livingston, Kelsey Marshall, Hannah Meade, Renee Morgan, Alexandria Mullins, Alyssa Mullins, Angelina Mullins, Ashley Mullins, Tre Mullins, Eryk Nayagam, Rebecca O’Quinn, Jason Oquinn, Felicia Powers, Grayson Proulex, Hayley Ramsey, Travis Roberts, Madison Robinson, Alexis Sexton, Emily Shell, Kelly Smith, Lily Snodgrass, Clinton Solomon, Heather Stevans, Kaitlyn Stratton, James Sturgill, Nicholas Sturgill, Dennis Trosper, Tyler Underwood, Jerry Vance, Victoria Villiard, Loretta Wampler, Victoria Wheatley, Emily Williams, Shelsey Willis, Patrick Withen, and Nasrin Yazdanpanah.
The following students have been named to the MECC Honor’s List for the fall 2015 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: Kaylee Austin, Hannah Dysart, Alexis Gillenwater, Kenneth Joyner, Ethan Nunley, and Lila Robinson.
BIG STONE GAP: Kelsey Baker, Stuart Barton, Laken Blair, Chelsea Caruso, Preston Chadwell, Raechel Clark, Cameron Collins, Kristi Coomer, Alecia Estep, Lori Fraley, Autumn Garrett, Jordan Gilly, David Goodman, Brandi Gordon, Kermit Hall, Cynthia Honeycutt, Chelsea Lawson, Jacob Lawson, Dylan Mabe, Casey McKee, Dakota Messer, Frances Miller, Sarah Potter, Tracie Powers, Wesley Qualls, Sakorra Rivera, Kellie Russell, Logan Schoolcraft, Hui Shi, Rebecca Shupe, Kandace Sturgill, Brandon Watts, and Danielle Winebarger.
BLACKWATER: Opal Evans.
CASTLEWOOD: James Light and Nancy Woods.
CLINCHCO: Chelsea Osborne.
CLINTWOOD: Stephen Boggs, Logan Fletcher, Michelle Grozdanoff, Tristan Hayes, Samantha Johnson, Jessica Kincaid, Chelsea Mullins, Dakota Mullins, Kara Rose, Kayla Sauls, Jessica Stallard, Billy Stanley, Sheena Stanley, and Stephanie Stanley.
COEBURN: Patrick Bolling, Mariah Gillenwater, William Hunsaker, Faith Jackson, Richard Jones, Christy McCoy, Brianna Mullins, Michael Mullins, Hannah Perry, Dalton Sanders, Heather Stanley, Kari Stapleton, Herlin Vance, and Caitlyn Yates.
CUMBERLAND: Stephanie Jones and Angela Kelly.
DRYDEN: Christopher Bush, Joshua Crabtree, Denise Honeycutt, Richard Johnson, and Matthew Sturgill.
DUFFIELD: Matthew Edwards, Latasha Robinson, Rachel Stanley, and Jamie Wolford.
DUNGANNON: Amanda Compton.
GATE CITY: Roan Arrington, Crystal Austin, Candice Casados, Morgan Cox, Bradly Gibson, Jamie Gilbert, Jacob Hood, Alexandra Johnson, Kaden Kilgore, Abbigail Leonard, Tanner McMurray, and Steven Williams.
HAYSI: Heather Jones and Berlin Justice.
HILTONS: Trevor Lunsford, Nicholas Mann, and Taylor Pendleton.
JONESVILLE: Bailee Chadwell, Jason Crabtree, Ashley Maness, and Danielle White.
KINGSPORT: Kristen Bishop, Noah Bledsoe, Tyler Darnell, Christian Minnick, and Bryan Scott.
LEBANON: Caitlyn Russell.
MCCLURE: Dustin Whisenhunt.
NICKELSVILLE: Kayla Boggs, Austin McCracken, and Brittany Peterson.
NORTON: James Adams, Tony Boggs, Coty Brummette, Austin Johnson, Judi Mathieson, Jennifer Potter, Anthony Redman, Rachel Reece, Curt Rose, Jeffrey Ward, and Honey Wyatt.
PENNINGTON GAP: Brenda Crider, Savannah Crider, Crystie Harber, Joshua Parks, Emma Poe, and Angelina Woodard.
POUND: Courtney Cantrell, Alexis Potter, Jacob Rutherford, Laurisa Stanley, Lauren Sturgill, and Courtney VanHuss.
RICHMOND: Rosiemy Deleon.
ROSE HILL: Abigail Grabeel and Addison Rouse.
- PAUL: Ladonna Cantrell, Daniel Hartley, Brittany Hayes, and Christopher McKnight.
WEBER CITY: Williams Bausell and Seth Rhoton.
WISE: Michaela Bolling, Bradley Brooks, Anthony Collins, James Croley, William Darnell, Ashley Dotson, Tiffany Dutton, Ashlee Fletcher, Sabrina Fox, Brett Freeman, Amber Graham, Reagan Hamilton, Brittany Harvey, Michael Hill, Kayla Jessee, April Matthews, Keira Moore, Tristan Phipps, Rebecca Richardson, Chelsea Salyers, Eden Sturgill, Terrance Turner, and Jerrard Vance.
The following students have been named to MECC’S President’s List for the fall 2015 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.
APPALACHIA: Tamara Davidson, Jessica Joyner, Ernest Mabe, and Derrick Watkins.
BIG STONE GAP: Joshua Barnett, Jesse Blair, Madison Blanton, Cory Carlton, Derrick Cusano, James Day, Jeffrey Dickenson, Joshua Dingus, Jerry Elkins, Collin Fields, Melissa Fleenor, Joseph Freeman, Cody Gentry, Chad Harkleroad, Devon Hobbs, Whitney Kelly, Karlee Lovelace, Maeve McGonagill, Marglo Osborne, Dylan Richardson, Sara Shores, Emily Shuler, Laura Smith, Gavin Spears, Alexis Stapleton, Taylor Sturgill, Gabriel Vaughan, Ken Vo, Mark Wagner, and Evan West.
BIRCHLEAF: Ashley Kilgore.
CASTLEWOOD: Dylan Kincer.
CHURCH HILL: Jessica Bowen and April Simpson.
CLINCHCO: Hannah Boggs and Brandi Dotson.
CLINCHPORT: Rebecca Lane.
CLINTWOOD: Beverly Artrip, Teena Baker-Dunn, Sierra Hammons, Diana Mullins, Heather Raines, Rachel Ratley, Sarah Rose, Jessica Salyers, Jordan Skeen, and Crystal Stanley.
COEBURN: Eric Blankenship, Linda Cochran, Kelly Holbrook, Jordan Lawson, Noah Mullins, Catherine Nixon, Emily Palmer, Brandon Perry, and Tyler Tibbs.
DRYDEN: Amanda Boggs, Isaac Gamble, Brianna Southard, and Megan Stinson.
DUFFIELD: Rufus Barnette, Katelyn Bishop, Daniel Dockery, LaShalia Dorton, Brandon Perry, Debbie Pyles-Dingus, Vivian Rogers, Monteia Sloan, and Nathaniel Willis.
EWING: Scottie Hunley.
- BLACKMORE: Brandon Hall and Carrie Shell.
GATE CITY: Zachary Cole, Sarah Davidson, Jennifer Evans, Alexander Garnett, Briana Gilbert, Amy Gillenwater, Caleb Gore, Jordan Graham, Kevin Herron, Christina Hunnicutt, Rachel Kilgore, Lydia Lane, Logan Lark, Hannah Musick, Avery Rhoton, Whitney Tipton, Ashley Vermillion, and Reece Williams.
HILTONS: Emily Daily, Christopher Lewis, Hunter McDavid, Spencer Stockard, Abby Turner, and Cortney Wolfe.
JOHNSON CITY: Jonathan Harrigan.
JONESVILLE: Elizabeth Garrett, Abbigail Moore, and Rebecca Weston.
KEOKEE: Alicia Shirks and Johnathan Stapleton.
KINGSPORT: Amber Kilgore and Bailey Stidham.
LOYALL: William Baker.
MCCLURE: Kasey Fleming.
NICKELSVILLE: Jimmy Darnell, Anthony Slone, and Cindy White.
NORTON: Jazlyn Adams, James Adkins, Robert Beauchamp, Vicki Culbertson, Dylan Dockery, Nathan Fields, Noah Fields, Cassandra Page, Jane Sandt, and Roneil Yu.
PENNINGTON GAP: Jamie Adair, Austin Bledsoe, Beverly Doss, Kelsey Ellis, Kayla Gilbert, Patricia Green, Jonathan Hall, Samantha Lewis, Maggie McCall, Tracy Reece, Robert Shuler, and Cieara Tolliver.
POUND: Leslie Bentley, Heather Boggs, Barbara Coleman, Logan Johnson, Allison Mullins, Maria Powers, Rachel Sluss, and Kasee Sturgill.
RICHMOND: Charles Watts.
ROSE HILL: Chasity Campbell, George Merriam, and Amelia Shelton.
- PAUL: Tara Holbrook, Jason Johnson, Chessie Molinary, and Taylor Salyers.
TAZEWELL: Dalton Brown.
WEBER CITY: Cathrine Rucker.
WISE: Billy Carty, Tiffany Cole, Brandon Combs, Daniel Edwards, Leighann Hamilton, Emily Hjulstrom, Derek Holmes, Jeffrey Kilbourne, Jerald King, Corey Lawson, Rachel Livingston, Gregory Maggard, Erica Mullins, Emily Padgett, Ali Qureshi, Sydney Underwood, and Conner Wharton.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will hold an information session to gather interest in forming a community band and choir. The session will be held Thursday, February 4 at 6 p.m. in Phillips-Taylor Hall, Goodloe Center. Everyone interested in joining or supporting a regional concert band and choral program is asked to attend. For more information, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480 or email email@example.com.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer an online Principles of Real Estate course beginning in January. Persons interested in obtaining a certification to practice real estate in the State of Virginia should complete the class and take the state licensing exam. The course will run through May. For more information or to register, contact Sabrina Ward at firstname.lastname@example.org or by phone at 276.523.2400, ext. 224.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Practical Nursing program recently held a pinning ceremony for Fall 2015 Licensed Practical Nursing program graduates. The ceremony represents the completion of the student’s coursework in MECC’s LPN Program. Student Ashley Smith was named valedictorian of the class and received the Healing Hands Nursing Excellence Award. Fall 2015 LPN Nursing Graduates are (back row left to right): Jennifer Caudill, Crystal Hoskins, Jarred Day, Randon Mabe, Thomas Reasor, and Sofian Klimas; (front row left to right): Bria Bloomer, Kristie Blanken, Kelli Scott, Constance Mays, Rebecca Rayburn, Brittany Webb, Ashley Smith, Shelby Thomas, and Emily Meade. For more information on MECC’s LPN program, please contact Mitzi Jones, Sabrina Cowden, or Lena Whisenhunt at (276) 523-2400.
Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Dean of Workforce Services Sue Ella Boatright-Wells has been honored with the Virginia Community College System Chancellor’s Award in Community Service.
Boatright-Wells was nominated by MECC for the award in recognition of her 30+ years of leading the Home Craft Days Festival, as well as her role in establishing MECC’s Mountain Music School and the Junior Appalachia Musicians (JAM program).
The Home Craft Days Festival, held annually the third weekend in October, has served as an integral part of MECC’s longstanding commitment to promoting and preserving the rich musical and cultural heritage of Southwest Virginia. Established in 1972, the festival features more than 200 musicians and artisans from throughout Southwest Virginia, East Tennessee, and Eastern Kentucky and draws at least 10,000 visitors to the MECC campus.
Through her interactions with musicians throughout the region, Boatright-Wells established the MECC’s Mountain Music School in 2004. Mountain Music School is a unique educational program that offers opportunities for students age ten and older to experience traditional Appalachian old-time music in a fun, enriching, and supportive environment. The school was created to address a growing concern that traditional mountain music was not being passed down to the youth of Southwest Virginia. Today, the school has grown to include more than 150 students of all ages, many of whom travel from throughout the country to participate.
To further expand traditional music education in Southwest Virginia, Boatright-Wells worked with school divisions throughout the region to establish the Junior Appalachian Musicians (JAM) program. The after-school program has allowed hundreds of students to learn the music, traditions, and heritage of our mountain culture.
“Sue Ella has served as the heart and soul of the Home Craft Days festival for more than 30 years,” said MECC’s Vice President of Academic and Student Services Vickie Ratliff. “Her community service efforts in her 31+ years at Mountain Empire Community College have touched hundreds of thousands of lives, keeping the culture and traditions of this region alive and growing.”
“I was thrilled to be honored for a cause that is near and dear to my heart,” added Boatright-Wells. “I believe promoting our cultural heritage is an important mission of our college and it is something that our community and youth benefit from.”
For more information on Sue Ella Boatright-Wells, or the VCCS Chancellor’s Award in Community Service, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, in November at locations in Wise, Dickenson, and Scott County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC in Spring 2016, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC Mobile Enroll van. On Monday, November 23, Mobile Enroll will be stationed at the Sleep Inn Suites parking lot in Clintwood from 9 a.m. to noon and the Food City parking lot in Wise from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. On Tuesday, November 24, Mobile Enroll will be located at the Food City parking lot in Big Stone Gap from 9 a.m. to noon and at the Dollar General parking lot in Duffield from 1 p.m. to 3:00 p.m. For more information on MECC’s Mobile Enroll, contact Willie Price at 276.523.2400 ext. 321 or email email@example.com.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Student Support Service Counselor Jessica Ketron has been named as the President-Elect of the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel (VAEOPP).
VAEOPP’s goal is to increase college accessibly for all Virginia residents by supporting higher education institutions providing services such as tutoring, instructional workshops, professional development, scholarships and advocacy. VAEOPP’s member institutions, which includes MECC, provide grant aid and researched based direct services to their respective program participants that encourage low income, first generation, and students with documented physical or learning disabilities to pursue a higher education.
Ketron has served as a Counselor in MECC’s Student Support Services since 2011. She holds a Bachelor’s degree from the University of Virginia’s College at Wise in Psychology and a Master’s degree in Marriage and Family Therapy from East Tennessee State University. She will serve a three-year term as President-Elect, President, and Past President of VAEOPP.
For more information regarding MECC’s Student Support Services program, contact Ketron at 276.523.2400 ext. 342. For more information on the Virginia Association of Educational Opportunity Program Personnel, visit www.vaeopp.org.
Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Instructor Rosa-lee Cooke has been appointed to Governor Terry McAuliffe’s administration for Water & Wastewater Treatment.
Cooke has been named to the Virginia Board for Waterworks and Wastewater Works Operators and Onsite Sewage System Professionals. She is the only board appointee from Southwest Virginia and will serve 4 years.
Cooke has served as a Technology Specialist and Adjunct Instructor at Mountain Empire Community College since 2007. She holds a B.S. in Natural Resources from Oregon State University.
MECC offers an Associate of Applied Science in Water/Wastewater Specialization and Career Study Certificates in Water Plant Operation and Waste Water Plant Operation. The program holds the distinction of being one of the first ever college programs in the state offered as a MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) and is free and accessible to anyone with access to the web. The program has been completed online by both students nationwide and abroad.
For more information on MECC’s Water/Wastewater programs, visit www.mecc.edu/programs.
Big Stone Gap — Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery will feature an exhibit by printmaker Ralph D. Slatton titled “A Print Retrospective” now through December 11.
Slatton describes his artwork as influenced by fantasy gothic, printmakers Deborah Mae Broad and Peter Milton, and the movie/novel “Watership Down.” Slatton adds, “As I embrace this duality, my animals wear disguises of the strong and weak, experience entrapment and freedom.”
Slatton holds BFA and MA degrees from Arkansas State University and the MFA from the University of Iowa. He serves as the head of East Tennessee State University’s printmaking program, where he has taught since 1990.
MECC’s Slemp Gallery is located in the Wampler Library in Robb Hall. The library is open is Monday through Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 276.523.2400 ext. 468.
BIG STONE GAP, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that the Military Times has named MECC one of the top 20 colleges nationwide in the Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges 2016 rankings.
The organization made up of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times focused on culture and curriculum that caters to military veterans when conducting and scoring the annual survey of schools that self-identify as career and technical colleges.
Mountain Empire Community College offers a military tuition exception (in-state tuition) through the Virginia Community College System. In addition, the college employs a dedicated Veteran’s Officer that provides advising and counseling services for military personnel. MECC also offers veterans recognition events throughout the year and at graduation.
“Mountain Empire Community College is very proud to be recognized for the efforts we take to support our veterans,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton, MECC President. “Our veterans have served their country well and MECC is committed to assisting them as they transition to civilian life and employment.”
Best for Vets: Career & Technical Colleges is an editorially independent news project that evaluates the many factors that make an institution a good fit for military veterans.
The rankings are published in full in the issues of Army Times, Navy Times, Air Force Times and Marine Corps Times on newsstands the week of Oct. 12, as well as on ArmyTimes.com, NavyTimes.com, AirForceTimes.com, MarineCorpsTimes.com and MilitaryTimes.com.
Military Times’ Best for Vets survey-based rankings include Colleges, Career & Technical Colleges, Business Schools, Franchises, Employers and Law Enforcement.
For more information on MECC’s Veterans Services, contact Lena Grace at 276.523.2400 ext.217.
Big Stone Gap, VA — Mountain Empire Community College will offer a new cyber security training program, thanks to a grant from the Dominion Foundation.
Dominion recently awarded a $20,000 grant to the Mountain Empire Community College Foundation to support MECC’s development of a new Network Security Career Studies Certificate. The Network Security Career Studies Certificate will provide graduates of the Computer Networking Technology Associate Degree Program, as well as incumbent IT specialists throughout the region, with an opportunity to upgrade their network security skills for the benefit of regional employers. MECC anticipates that the program will be offered for the first time in the summer of 2016.
The 12-month certificate will be offered in an intensive and accelerated format, meeting one night per week in order to accommodate work schedules for adult students. Students will have the option to complete the courses for college credit, or as a noncredit workforce credential, depending on their professional needs. The program coursework aligns directly with three industry-recognized certifications.
“Mountain Empire Community College is very grateful to the Dominion Foundation for providing funds to enable us to develop cyber security training. Every organization that utilizes information technology must be diligent in preventing security breaches that could result in liability, the loss of business, and a reduction in customer confidence,” said Dr. Scott Hamilton, President of Mountain Empire Community College.
“One of Dominion’s targeted areas for community giving is education, both K-12 and higher education,” noted Preston Sloane, director of the company’s Virginia City Hybrid Energy Center at St. Paul. “Dominion believes that educational opportunity is a key to healthy personal and community growth. In that belief, we are happy to provide this grant funding to Mountain Empire Community College.”
For more information on the Dominion grant, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480. For more information on the MECC Foundation, visit www.meccfoundation.org.
Big Stone Gap, VA – Mountain Empire Community College is hosting the second annual MECC PROUD week, recognizing the college’s important contributions to higher education and regional economic development October 11-17.
MECC alumni, local businesses, MECC staff members, MECC students and community members are encouraged to display “MECC PROUD” signs in their yard, window displays, and vehicles. “MECC PROUD” signage will be distributed to local businesses by several student clubs. Signs will be available to the public in the lobby of all MECC instructional buildings and at the MECC Alumni Booth during the Home Craft Days Festival, October 17 and 18. Businesses may also email a request for MECC PROUD signage to firstname.lastname@example.org. Signs will be offered at no cost.
The goal of the “MECC Proud” campaign is to recognize the success and continued contributions of thousands of MECC graduates to our region and beyond, while also promoting the college’s role in providing educational opportunities and supporting economic development in Southwest Virginia since its founding in 1972.
MECC hosts an alumni recognition program with a goal to expand and update contact and career information of all graduates and former students. Alumni are encouraged to email their updated information to email@example.com.
The “MECC Proud” campaign will coincide with MECC’s Home Craft Days Festival, to be held Friday, October 16 through Sunday, October 18. The college will host thousands of local and out of town visitors to the campus during the festival events, creating a unique opportunity to showcase support for the college and the community.
For more information on MECC Proud week, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.7480.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that English Instructors Bethany Arnold and Jan Richards recently received certification as “Developmental Education Specialists” from the Kellogg Institute for the Training and Certification of Developmental Educators.
Arnold and Richards were two of 25 educators selected from across the United States to participate in the Kellogg Institute and its certification process during the 2014-15 academic year. They were awarded certification following participation in the training program and completion of an implementation project at MECC. The certification as “Developmental Education Specialist” is awarded through the Kellogg Institute, in conjunction with Appalachian State University in Boone, North Carolina.
“The Kellogg Institute training was an excellent way to connect with developmental educators from across the nation,” said Arnold. “Our practicum project on metacognition reshaped the way that I introduce study skills and major concepts in the classroom.”
“The Kellogg Institute gave me a broader understanding of what students need when they enter college without possessing the basic skills to succeed,” added Richards. “I came away with a much deeper awareness of my responsibility as an instructor to help them grow – both intellectually and securing the confidence that they can accomplish their dreams.”
The Kellogg Institute, now in its 36th year, offers a unique month-long living/learning experience for the training and certification of educational professionals who work with academically underprepared students on college campuses. Each year Kellogg Participants take part in a summer training program, followed by a semester’s practicum in which participants implement new techniques on their home campuses.
For more information on Arnold and Richards’ Kellogg certification, contact the MECC Office of Community Relations at 276.523.2400 ext. 480.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer a variety of late starting classes for students this fall. Late starting classes begin October 5 through October 22. Classes include topics in Math, Healthcare, Basic Pharmacy, History, Business Management, Office Administration, & Legal Assisting and more. To view the full list of October late start courses, visit www.mecc.edu/latestart. For more information, or to register, contact the MECC Office of Enrollment Services at 276.523.7474 or visit www.mecc.edu/apply.
Big Stone Gap – Enrollment is now open for Mountain Empire Community College’s free Quick Start to College class. The six-week class is designed for individuals who have considered college, but have hesitated to enroll. The class will be held on Tuesday and Thursday afternoons beginning October 27 to December 10, from 2 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. Quick Start allows students to earn college credit while learning the basics of attending MECC. Topics such as success skills, programs and degrees, and career counseling are covered. Students are also able to refresh their computer, math, and English skills with one-on-one assistance. To qualify, students must have a high school diploma or equivalent (GED). For more information on the Quick Start program, or to enroll, contact Beth Boggs, MECC Career and Transfer Counselor, at 276.523.7438 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Visit the program website at www.mecc.edu/quickstart.
BIG STONE GAP – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to announce that Business Technology Instructors Elizabeth Snodgrass and Jane Jones have been awarded the Certified Online Instructor (COI) designation by the Learning Resources Network (LERN).
“We are pleased to recognize Elizabeth Snodgrass’ and Jane Jones’ expertise and experience in this
growing area of teaching,” noted William A. Draves, President of the LERN, the international education association awarding the COI designation. The COI designation was developed by a committee of outstanding online faculty from universities and colleges in four countries in response to the need for recognition of expertise in this important area of higher education instruction. Snodgrass serves as a professor in MECC’s paralegal program. Jones is an associate professor in MECC’s Administrative Support and Health Information Technology classes in the Business and Information Technology Division.
The faculty for the COI designation includes experts and authors in the field of online teaching. The committee is chaired by Dr. Mary Dereshiwsky, COI, of Northern Arizona University in Flagstaff, Arizona.
“With millions of students now taking online courses, this course of study provides needed professional development for faculty in this emerging area of practice,” said Dr. Dereshiwsky. “In addition, it recognizes the work and expertise of professors successfully teaching online.”
To obtain the COI designation, Snodgrass and Jones completed a fairly rigorous process. Requirements included a critique of their online courses, a knowledge exam, evaluation by online students participating in courses that they instructed, and completion of three online courses for teaching online, designing online instruction, and building learning communities in cyberspace.
The certification is a voluntary program recognized by educators and the Learning Resources Network’s 5,000 members around the world.
The Learning Resources Network is the leading provider of online professional development for faculty in higher education. More than 5,000 professors from ten countries have participated in LERN’s programs.
For more information on the COI designation, please contact Jones or Snodgrass at 276.523.2400.
The exhibit will run September 14 through October 23. A reception for Chapman-Crane Reception for the artist Sunday, Sept. 20, 2015, 2 to 4 p.m. in the lobby of MECC’s Robb Hall.
Jeff Chapman-Crane is a full-time professional artist from the southern Appalachian mountains of eastern Kentucky, where he has lived and practiced his art since 1982. His art focuses on the culture of Appalachia, with an emphasis on portraits of mountain people. He has been painting for over 35 years since being challenged and inspired by his high school art teacher, Don Hilton. Following the tenets of the American Society of Classical Realism, Jeff’s work encompasses the highest principles of traditional representational art – fine drawing, balanced design, harmonious color and skillful craftsmanship. While not in the stylized realism of American Regionalism, his work shares a strong identification with a particular region – conveying geographic features of the land and unique human, cultural and social characteristics.
Chapman-Crane’s work has been featured in American Artist magazine and he is a four time finalist in the Artists Magazine’s annual portrait competition. He was the illustrator for the children’s book “Ragsale” which won Best in Show at the 1995 New England Bookfair.
Together with his wife, Sharman, and son, Evan, Jeff operates the Valley of the Winds Art Gallery in Eolia, Kentucky, where works by all three Chapman-Cranes can be seen. Jeff’s work is represented by the Phyllis Weston Art Gallery in Cincinnati, Ohio.
MECC’s Slemp Gallery is located in the Wampler Library in Robb Hall. The library is open is Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 276.523.2400 ext. 468.
MECC will offer a variety of music courses this fall designed for beginning to advanced musicians at the Big Stone Gap campus and at Gate City High School. Classes offered at MECC’s main campus in Big Stone Gap include: beginning percussion, guitar, blues guitar, fiddle, mandolin, keyboard, and clawhammer banjo; recording systems; introduction to lyric writing, music theory, 3-finger picking banjo, intermediate lead guitar, intermediate and advanced percussion ensemble. Courses offered in Gate City include evening offerings in Old Time String Band and beginning upright base. Online courses in music appreciation are also available. For more information on music course offerings, contact MECC’s Workforce Development Center at 276.523.7464.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College is pleased to host two yoga courses this fall. Students may choose from Beginning Yoga (PED 195-01) on Tuesdays from 10:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. or Beginning Yoga (PED on Thursdays from 10:50 a.m. to 12:15 p.m. Both classes begin the first week in September and will be taught by Jacqueline Cusano. For more information or to register, call 276.523.7474 or visit www.mecc.edu to apply or enroll.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College’s Slemp Gallery is pleased to host an exhibit in coordination with the Southwest Virginia Museum Historical State Park titled “Sewing Stories.” Featuring the needlework of regional artists, “Sewing Stories” showcases new and historic quilts that express the crafter’s heritage and religious beliefs through patterns and symbols. Patterns such as block, star, cathedral, florals, and crazy quilts are included. The exhibit will run through September 7. MECC’s Slemp Gallery is located in the Wampler Library in Robb Hall. The library is open is Monday-Friday, 8 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. and Saturday 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. For more information, call 276-523-2400 ext. 468.
Gate City – Mountain Empire Community College will host several business and computer related evening courses this fall at Gate City High School. Business topics include Principles of Management offered Thursdays from 6-8:45 p.m.; Human Resource Management offered Wednesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m.; Customer Service offered Thursdays from 5-5:50 p.m. and Social Media Marketing offered Mondays from 6-8:45 p.m. Computer-related courses include Introduction to Computer Applications & Concepts offered Tuesdays from 6 -8:45 p.m. Health-related courses include Ethics for Health Care Personnel offered Mondays from 6-8 p.m., Medical Terminology offered Wednesdays from 6 to 8:45 p.m., and Life Span of Human Development offered Tuesdays from 6-8:45 p.m. Classes begin August 27 and financial aid may be available. For more information, call 276.523.7474 or visit www.mecc.edu/schedule to view a full list of available classes.
It has been brought to our attention that some students have received phone calls informing them they owe tuition and will be dropped from classes on Friday. The number these calls are originating from is 877-343-9460. These calls are not originating from or associated with Mountain Empire Community College. If you receive a call such as this, do not give the caller any information and disconnect the call. If you owe tuition, you will be notified via email from an mecc.edu email address. No one from MECC should call you and ask you for personal information unless they are responding to an inquiry you initiated.
If you have questions, please contact Enrollment Services at 523-2400 ext 474.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer the region’s only college credit course in drone technology this fall. AVI-195 Introduction to Unmanned Aerial Systems will cover the principles of building, programming and flying drones. Students will receive hands-on training in quadcopter design and construction as well as learn to fly both assisted and unassisted FPV (First Person View) quadcopters. The class will be held on Tuesday evenings from 6 to 8:45 p.m., August 31 to December 15. To register, contact MECC’s Enrollment Service Office at 276.523.7474 or visit www.mecc.edu/apply.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will host an information session for the Health Information Management degree program on Tuesday, August 18 from 5 p.m. to 6:30 p.m. in Phillips-Taylor Hall, Room 130. The Health Information Management program is a 24-month degree designed for persons who seek employment in the health information management field. The U.S. Department of Labor’s Bureau of Labor Statistics has projected a 21 percent growth in the number of health information management workers between 2010 and 2020, making it one of the nation’s fastest-growing health occupations. Health Information Management graduates are able to work at acute care hospitals, clinics, behavioral healthcare facilities, hospice, home care, health care government agencies, EHR vendors, insurance companies, and managed care organizations. Tuition assistance may be available for qualified individuals interested in enrolling this fall at MECC. For more information on this degree program, visit www.mecc.edu/him or call 276.523.2400 ext. 462.
Mountain Empire Community College will offer off-campus enrollment, or Mobile Enroll, this August at locations in Wise, Lee, Scott, and Dickenson County. Individuals interested in applying for admission to MECC this fall, obtaining financial aid, or who want to learn more about MECC’s programs are encouraged to visit the MECC Mobile Enroll van. Mobile Enroll will be located at the Food City parking lot in Big Stone Gap on Monday, August 10, from 10 a.m. to noon and in the parking lot near Cumberland Automotive in Pennington Gap from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Wednesday, August 12, Mobile Enroll will be stationed at the Sleep Inn Suites parking lot in Clintwood from 10 a.m. to noon and the Food City parking lot in Wise from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. On Friday, August 14, Mobile Enroll will be in Gate City at the Social Services parking lot from 10 a.m. to noon and at the Dollar General parking lot in Duffield from 1 p.m. to 3:30 p.m. For more information on MECC’s Mobile Enroll, contact Willie Price at 276.523.2400 ext. 321 or email email@example.com.
American History and military enthusiasts are encouraged to enroll this fall in Mountain Empire Community College’s History 266– Military History of the Civil War, to be offered Tuesday evenings from 6 p.m. to 8:45 p.m. Students will be introduced not only to the military aspects of the war between the states, but also to how other factors, such as violence on the home front or the attitudes of civilians, affected the outcome. Topics include the causes of the secession of the Southern states and the first shots of the war; Union and Confederate beliefs and attitudes; decisive battles of the war; what brought the war to an end, and what the nation looked like in its aftermath. For more information, or to register, contact the MECC Office of Enrollment Services at 276.523.7474.
The Virginia Appalachian Tricollege Nursing Program (VATNP) at MECC 40th Anniversary Celebration will be held Saturday, August 15 beginning at 4 p.m. All MECC RN graduates and VATNP faculty will be honored at this event in the Goodloe Center on the MECC campus. VATNP enrolled the first MECC Registered Nursing students in the fall of 1975 and the program has grown significantly since its inception.
The celebration will include a special presentation of “Florence Nightingale: A Medical Revolutionary” performed by Kathy Kay Duckett at 4 p.m. A reception for alumni, faculty, and guests will begin at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and a recognition program honoring distinguished alumni.
Proceeds of the celebration will benefit the Alice Stallings Scholarship. This scholarship was established in memory of one of the first MECC nursing faculty to provide assistance to second year nursing students.
“Florence Nightingale: A Medical Revolutionary” has been submitted to the Virginia Nurses Association for approval to award contact hours. The Virginia Nurses Association is accredited as an approver of continuing nursing education by the American Nurses Credentialing Center’s Commission on Accreditation.
Beginning July 1, MECC students will have access to financial aid support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year. A support specialist will answer your questions when you call 1.844.MECC4ME.
This toll-free number will provide access to the new MECC Financial Aid and Student Accounts Support Center anytime you call.
Prefer using online services? Also beginning on July 1, you’ll gain access to the online self-help portal. There you can browse self-help articles, track your financial aid and student accounts information and even chat live with a support specialist.
Students may also visit the Financial Aid Office located on the first floor of Godwin Hall for financial aid questions or issues.
For more information about financial aid, click here.
Big Stone Gap – Mountain Empire Community College will offer “Religion 216-N1: Life and Teachings of Jesus” this fall. This three-credit course will be offered Monday evenings from 6-8:45 p.m. Student will study the major themes in the teachings of Jesus of Nazareth as recorded in the Gospels, and examines the events of his life in light of modern biblical and historical scholarship. Included in our study will be the political, socioeconomic, and religious background at the time of Jesus’ life and ministry. Students will examine the historical Jesus: how Jesus is portrayed in the canonical and non-canonical gospels; key figures in his life; his ministry; the Passion, Resurrection and post-Resurrection. The coursework will conclude with how the early church viewed Jesus and current thinking about him. For more information, or to register, call 276.523.7474.
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