Big Stone Gap, VAUniversity Website: www.mecc.edu
Coordinates: 36°51′18.2″N 82°45′30.1″W / 36.855056°N 82.758361°W / 36.855056; -82.758361 Mountain Empire Community College is a two-year college located in Big Stone Gap, Virginia, and is one of the 23 schools in the Virginia Community College System. The college serves residents of Dickenson, Lee, Scott, and Wise counties, as well as the City of Norton. The first classes were offered in the Fall of 1972. Dr. Terrance Suarez became the school's fifth president in January 2002.