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 Mountain Empire Community College 

Name: Mountain Empire Community College
President: James Scott Hamilton
City: Big Stone Gap
State: VA
Type: Public
Campus Setting: Rural, Fringe
Year Established: 1972

Governing Board Website

Mountain Empire Community College

Student Characteristics based on Fall 2010 IPEDS data

2010 Fall Credit Enrollment
Total: 3,404
Part Time: 52.8%
Full Time: 47.2%

Male: 38.8%
Female: 61.5%

African American: 1.8%
Asian/Pacific Islander: 0.2%
Hispanic:  0.6%
Native American:  0.2%
White: 96.7%
Other: 0.5%

James Scott Hamilton

Rex McCarty
Board Chair

Quote from the President

“The positive impact Mountain Empire Community College (MECC) has had on the lives of the people from southwest Virginia is undeniable. The benefits of this college for the communities in the district have been great, and the lives of the citizens have been enriched in many ways because of the presence of MECC.”

Interesting Facts

  • The annual Mountain Music School brings together students of all ages for a week of learning, music and fun. The event is dedicated to the preservation and continuation of Appalachian music and culture and includes  ear training classes in old-time fiddle, claw-hammer banjo, folk guitar, mandolin and dulcimer.
  • Since 1972, musicians and craftspeople from southwest Virginia, east Tennessee and eastern Kentucky have come to MECC every October to participate in Home Craft Days, which includes crafts and demonstrations of weaving, pottery making, grist milling, wood crafting, basket weaving, broom making, quilting and tatting.
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