Mountain Empire Community College

Mountain Empire Community College

Mountain Empire Community College, also known as MECC, is a two-year college located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, United States. It was established by the State Board for Community Colleges and the Local Advisory Board. MECC is one of 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System. The MECC campus spreads across an area of 95 wooded acres. The college offers a wide variety of degrees and programs in diverse areas of study.

MECC offers an active student life. The campus is home to several student clubs and organizations for the overall development of the students. Some of the popular organizations are Phi Theta Kappa (Honor Society); Red Fox Flier (Student Newspaper); and The Troupe (Drama Club).

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Contacting Mountain Empire Community College

Mountain Empire Community College
3441 Mountain Empire Road
Big Stone Gap , VA 24219
General Phone: (276) 523-2400

Mountain Empire Community College Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Therapy and Counseling177mental and social health services
Nursing and Emergency Medicine95EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Office and Administration52business support services
Liberal Arts50liberal arts and sciences, liberal arts and humanities
Security and Law Enforcement25corrections, criminal justice and administration
Engineering Technician23electronics tech, industrial tech, industrial production tech, mining tech, CAD and design
Medical Support and Technology21respiratory care tech
Business and Management16business administration, accounting and related services
Conservation and Resource Management13conservation
Law12legal assistant
Medical Administration11health and medical administrative
Mechanics and Repair6HVAC
Production Trades2welding

Number of programs and degrees for Mountain Empire Community College in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Associate's degree22215
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years10412
Award of less than 1 academic year1771

Mountain Empire Community College Student Body

In 2007-2008, Mountain Empire Community College had a total enrollment of 3,017 students (1,918 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 97%
Black 2%
Hispanic 0%
Asian 0%
American Indian 0%
Unknown 0%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 19%
18-19 23%
20-21 13%
22-24 9%
25-29 10%
30-34 6%
35-39 6%
40-49 9%
50-64 6%
65+ 0%

Incoming (Freshman) Students by Place of Residence:
(From available data sampling)

State unknown1%

Mountain Empire Community College Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 52 %
Part-Time 27 %

Mountain Empire Community College Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Big Stone Gap, Virginia for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other Virginia Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Mountain Empire Community College Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 2,140
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 6,343
Books and supplies $ 1,000

Financial Aid:
Mountain Empire Community College participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 962900)

Mountain Empire Community College Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track2619

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professorcalendar year1*0*
Assistant professorcalendar year1*1*
Instructorcalendar year0*1*
All faculty totalcalendar year2*2*

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Professoracademic year9$63,4936$61,710
Associate professoracademic year5$60,0927$54,021
Assistant professoracademic year7$49,4713$49,700
Instructoracademic year3$51,5111*
All faculty totalacademic year24$57,19717$55,962

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Mountain Empire Community College Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Accounting and Related Services, Other
Business Administration, Management and Operations, Other

Conservation And Resource Management
Natural Resources/Conservation, General

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Industrial Production Technologies/Technicians, Other
Industrial Technology/Technician
Mining Technology/Technician

Legal Assistant/Paralegal

Liberal Arts
Liberal Arts and Sciences, General Studies and Humanities, Other
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Health and Medical Administrative Services, Other

Medical Support And Technology
Respiratory Care Therapy/Therapist

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Business Operations Support and Secretarial Services, Other

Production Trades
Welding Technology/Welder

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Law Enforcement Administration

Therapy And Counseling
Mental and Social Health Services and Allied Professions, Other

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What Sets Mountain Empire Community College Apart:

% of degrees in therapy and counseling
(vs. all colleges)
Top 10%Mountain Empire Community College % of degrees in therapy and counseling
% of degrees in office and administration
(vs. all colleges)
Top 12%Mountain Empire Community College % of degrees in office and administration
Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
(vs. all colleges)
Top 13%Mountain Empire Community College Lowest tuition & fees (in-state)
% of degrees in engineering technician
(vs. colleges of similar size)
Top 16%Mountain Empire Community College % of degrees in engineering technician
Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs
(for open-admission colleges)
Top 19%Mountain Empire Community College Degrees concentrated in limited number of degree programs

checked Open admission
checked Accepts some high school credits
checked Grants credits for AP courses
checked Offers distance learning
checked Career counseling
checked Student employment services
checked Remedial classes for students
checked Offers remedial adult education
checked Offers part-time study
checked On-campus library

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