Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) wants to put you in control of your future through the Road to Success in Virginia Program (RSVP). If you want to train in Welding, Carpentry, Masonry, and Heavy Equipment Operation, then RSVP can set you on the path to success.

What is RSVP?

RSVP is a grant initiative created to serve TANF participants and low-income families in Virginia. Locally, MECC has partnered with the Regional Adult & Career Education Program to provide adult educational support through digital literacy and soft skills training.

Who qualifies for the program?

Current TANF or TANF eligible participants as well as lower income Virginians (family income of 200% below federal poverty level) with at least one child under the age of 18 can receive support and special services during the MECC courses. Benefits may include free tuition, free tools/supplies for class, childcare and gas assistance. Additional training and support during the class such as financial literacy training, employment assistance, and potential job placement are also provided.

Course information:

Fall 2023

  • Welding/Fabrication, 15 weeks, Monday and Tuesday evenings from 5-9pm (an additional day of attendance may be required to receive all the benefits of the RSVP Program)


Spring 2024

  • Carpentry, 13 weeks, begins January 8, 2024, Monday-Thursday evenings from 5-9pm
  • Masonry, 12 weeks, begins April 8, 2024, Monday-Thursday evenings from 5-9pm
  • Heavy Equipment Operator, 10 weeks, begins March 18, 2024, Monday-Thursday evenings from 5-9pm

*All courses are held at MECC’s Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia

 Get started:

For more information on the RSVP Program or how to begin your new career, contact Victoria Lewis at, 276-523-9116 or Stephanie New at, 276-523-9123.