About Mountain Empire
Empire Community College, located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia. ECC began operation in 1972 to provide residents of Lee, Scott, Wise, and Dickenson Counties postsecondary education opportunities. The school was established through legislation approved in 1966 by Virginia Assembly to establish statewide education.
As a result the school is one of 23 colleges that comprise the Virginia Community College System. VCCS operates two year institutions statewide in order to provide quality education and coverage to ensure that all areas in the state have access to education.
Students will have a variety of program options available to them at Mountain Empire Community College. Academic transfer programs prepare students for entry to a college or university by first allowing them to complete their freshman and sophomore years at low cost and locally then transfer those credits and use them toward a bachelor's degree.
Career programs provide education and training in one of several high demand fields for entry into the workforce as a qualified professional for the purposes of long term employment.
Programs offered include:
Admissions and Financial Aid
Mountain Empire Community College is a public, two year institution, that admits an interested individuals who are at least eighteen years of age or have a high school diploma. Individuals must complete the application for admission, pay all fees, and provide transcripts and test scores if available.
Students are encouraged to meet with a counselor, participate in orientation and may be required to take a placement exam prior to registration. Financial Aid is available in the form of loans, grants and scholarships awarded based on need as determined by the information provided on the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA), which must be resubmitted every year.
Estimated Costs & Financial Aid
The average "out of pocket" cost of attendance, after any grants and scholarships are considered, is around $6,500. To calculate a more personalized cost visit the net price calculator. The figures listed below are for informational purposes only and do not represent current or future tuition, fees, and expenses.
Tuition & Fees Information
- Annual tuition range:
- State Residents: $4,000-$4,800
- Out-of-State: $9,300-$11,180
- Part-time students are charged:
- State Residents: $130-$160 per credit unit
- Nonresidents: $310-$370 per credit unit
Financial Aid Details
The table below breaks down the types of financial aid, the percent of students receiving aid, and average amount of aid per student per year.
|Percent of Students||Average Amount|
|Any Financial Aid||98%||-|
|Receiving Grants & Scholarships||98%||$4,925|
|Receiving Student Loans||1%||$5,223|
Admissions, Academics, & Student Services
To help students and recent graduates, Mountain Empire Community College may provide services like those listed below:
- Online classes
- Weekend and night classes available
- Remedial instructional courses
- Counseling assistance
- Employing students to lower education costs
Graduation & Transfer Rates
Students who attend a community college will be able to choose from a variety of programs that will lead to an associate's degree or transfer to a four year institution. The following list shows graduation and transfer-out rates for this school compared to community colleges in Virginia, which can be useful for determining which community college to attend.
|MECC, Mountain Empire||Wise County||Virginia|
Specialized Programs & Accreditations
- Associate's Degree in Nursing (ADN) Program
- Accredited by the Accreditation Commission for Education in Nursing, Inc. ? May 6, 2013 Formerly: National League for Nursing Accrediting Commission (since 1976)
- See a list of all associate's degree in nursing (ADN) programs in Virginia
The program list below is organized by areas of study. The programs that have a link will direct you to the program's profile page where you can learn more about education requirements and career pathways.
Get more information about the programs offered by Mountain Empire Community College by clicking the request information to the right.
(C) Certificate or Award | (A) Associate's | (B) Bachelor's | (M) Master's Degree | (D) Doctorate (PhD,...)
Business and Marketing Studies
Computer and Information Sciences
Family and Consumer Sciences
Health and Clinical Professions
Legal Professions and Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences
Mechanic and Repair Technology
Natural Resources and Conservation
Personal and Culinary Services
Security and Protective Services
Visual and Performing Arts
Other Community Colleges Nearby
The list of nearby schools has been selected by researching which schools offer similar programs to Mountain Empire Community College.
- Southeast Kentucky Community and Technical College in Cumberland, KY (15 miles away)
- Hazard Community and Technical College in Hazard, KY (35 miles away)
- Virginia Highlands Community College in Abingdon, VA (45 miles away)
- Southwest Virginia Community College in Richlands, VA (56 miles away)
- Mayland Community College in Spruce Pine, NC (76 miles away)