Mountain Empire Community College is one of twenty three community colleges operating under the jurisdiction of the Virginia State Board for Community Colleges. The Virginia Community College System was founded in 1966 by the Virginia General Assembly under the leadership of Governor Mills E. Godwin Jr. Mountain Empire Community College was founded in 1970, and classes began in 1972 with six hundred students and thirty-six faculty members. Mountain Empire Community College serves the counties of Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson and the City of Norton.
The College operates under a mission statement approved by the Virginia Community College System. The rules and regulations for the Virginia Community College System are stated in the VCCS Policy Manual.
A copy of this manual is available in the offices of the President, the Vice President of Academic and Student Services, the Vice President of Financial and Administrative Services, Admission and records, Student Services, the MECC Wampler Library, the academic divisions of Arts & Sciences, Applied Sciences & Technologies, Business & Information Technology and Health Sciences, the offices of Community Relations and Human Resources. Additional information pertaining to the College may be found in the VCCS Policy Manual, the MECC College Catalog, the MECC Student Handbook, and the MECC Purchasing Manual.
Mountain Empire Community College has established principles and processes to earn the trust of its students, constituents, and the communities it serves. These principles and processes have been historically maintained through accreditation, transparency and ethical and non-discriminatory standards that are guided by its mission, vision and values.