Mountain Empire Community College’s Workforce Solutions provides state-of-the art workforce training and services to individuals, businesses, industries, and government agencies. As an active member of the community,  Workforce Solutions collaborates with regional employers on an ongoing basis to maintain a competitive workforce in today’s global economy.

To support the goals of business and industry, Workforce Solutions provides customized job training offered at MECC or the client’s site, as well as open enrollment courses for professional and personal development. Credit, non-credit, and distance education courses promote life-long learning and economic development in the Southwest Virginia Region.

PowerlinemanOne of the distinguishing characteristics of a community college is its continuing and integral role in community service and economic development. MECC is committed to this important role and offers many programs and services to fulfill this mission. Industry certifications and customized training programs are available through MECC’s Workforce Solutions. For additional information on these programs, call 276-523-9114.

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CWIAMountain Empire Community College’s Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia provides state-of-the art workforce training and services to individuals, businesses, industries, and government agencies.   MECC serves employers through open enrollment courses that allow emerging or incumbent employees to upgrade their skills, as well as customized training services that provide employers with tailored training programs that meet specific training needs at a significant value. The result is a workforce that is better prepared to quickly meet changing workplace demands, ensuring that employers are better able to provide direct benefit to their community and economy.

MECC’s Center for Workforce and Innovation of Appalachia designs timely, customized training programs to address the ever-changing opportunities and challenges faced by employers. Based on results of training needs assessments, the College designs and implements Custom Training Programs to update and improve the workforce skills, increase employee engagement, and improve company performance to help achieve organizational goals.

Customized training focuses on skills that improve:

  • Organizational productivity (team building, management and leadership, coaching, or lean manufacturing);
  • Individual productivity (time management, managing stress, communication, or customer service);
  • Computer skills (cybersecurity, networking, technical certifications, or customized applications);
  • Job specific skills (manufacturing and trade skills, logistics and transportation, health and wellness, CPR, OSHA, and many others).

Project Amelioration

Project Amelioration is a community-based partnership bringing together the education, legal, medical, workforce, and recovery communities to develop an alternative “recovery ecosystem” in the heart of the opioid ravaged areas of southwestern Virginia.

Serving Lee, Scott, and Wise Counties along with the city of Norton, Virginia, Mountain Empire Community College provides training in the skilled trades to those in active recovery suffering from Substance Use Disorder (SUD) and those who have been deeply affected by SUD. Skilled trades courses (carpentry, masonry, and plumbing) in nationally accredited associations are offered along with wrap-around services to help eliminate barriers to training and employment. Students receive hands-on training along with referrals/access to legal aid services, financial education, work ethics certification, Morale Reconation Treatment (MRT), OSHA Certification, counseling services, social services, and employment assistance.

Project Amelioration courses are housed in our Workforce Department and are offered at our Center for Workforce & Innovation in Appalachia, Virginia. Most courses run 15 weeks, Monday-Thursday from 5-9pm and are taught by a licensed trades instructor. We provide all supplies and materials for free including books and tools, as well as a meal every evening. Tuition is little to NO cost to students with help from financial aid. Hands-on work is completed on our campus site or at various locations in Appalachia, Virginia, to help provide construction services to the community for free to aid toward their re-building efforts.

For more information on this program or to register for classes please contact Stephanie New at 276-523-9123 or

Financial Aid – MECC Workforce Programs

Will pay two thirds of the full cost of any approved program. (Additional aid options available). Student must be a Virginia resident for the last 12 months (Domiciled in Virginia) and complete the application to qualify. FastForward Programs (Workforce Credential Grant) have been
identified as preparatory training programs for credentials in high demand professions. Virginia domiciled residents can take these programs by paying 1/3 of the actual cost with no additional cost, provided they successfully complete the program.

Will pay the full first third of any FastForward Program (Effective January 1 – June 30, 2023). Student must be a Virginia resident for the last 12months (Domiciled in Virginia) and complete the application and provide documentation verifying financial need to qualify. This program is income based if your current adjusted income is at or below 200% of the Federal Poverty Guideline you may qualify.

Be eligible for Virginia in-state financial aid.

Receive a total household income less than or equal to four hundred percent of the Federal Poverty Level. This is roughly an income of $100,000 for a family of four.

Be enrolled or accepted for enrollment at an approved institution and in an approved program.

Be enrolled in a minimum of six credit hours per semester or enrolled in an approved FastForward program.

Have applied for federal and state student financial aid programs for which they may be eligible (or FANTIC for FastForward students).

Will pay first third of VCEDA approved classes. Student must be a Virginia resident for the last 12 months (Domiciled in Virginia) and live in one of the following counties or cities in the Coalfield Region: Lee, Scott, Wise, Dickenson, City of Norton, Russell, Buchanan, and Tazewell. Contact Lee Davis ( for information.

Will pay first third of specific FastForward Program PLUS $1,000 if student obtains the related credential. Student must be a Virginia resident for the last 12 months (Domiciled in Virginia) and apply to become a Virginia Ready Scholar, be approved, and complete an application meeting one of the following criteria:

  • Looking to increase your skill set by earning a credential for an in-demand job in a high growth sector
  • Have lived in Virginia for at least one year
  • Enrolled in one of the VA Ready approved programs with an Education Partner
  • Must submit an application for VA Ready as “final” before your course begins or no later than 5 days within your course’s start date (Day1= first day of classes)

Can pay tuition, gas reimbursement, childcare, etc. Student must meet WIOA eligibility requirements. Contact case manager for more information. Case manager based on county of student residence.

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