BIG STONE GAP — Mountain Empire Community College in Big Stone Gap and Virginia Intermont College in Bristol signed an articulation agreement Monday that will provide more educational opportunities for the community college’s students, MECC announced Wednesday.
MECC students who wish to pursue a four-year baccalaureate degree can now do so at VI. Under terms of the new pact, MECC students who obtain an associate degree designed for transfer to a four-year institution, and maintain a grade point average of 2.0 or higher at MECC, are guaranteed admission as juniors at VI.
The transfer agreement includes credit transfers of general education courses. MECC associate degree graduates will follow VI’s new comprehensive core curriculum and prerequisite coursework in their major field of study.
MECC President Scott Hamilton said one of his college’s primary goals “is to provide transfer opportunities for the students (who) want to complete a fouryear baccalaureate degree. This exciting new partnership with Virginia Intermont will help us achieve that goal and offer our graduates an outstanding transfer opportunity.”
VI President E. Clorissa Phillips said she is “delighted that VI has entered into this agreement with (MECC). Southwest Virginia benefits greatly from the good work of MECC, and we at VI look forward to a long and productive partnership.”
MECC offers an associate of arts and sciences program of study for students who plan to transfer to a four-year institution in pursuit of a bachelor’s degree. Transfer degree paths at MECC include business, business administration, general studies, education, science and health.
With more than 40 areas of study, VI offers degree programs in fields ranging from business and social work to teacher education, biology and pre-veterinary medicine.