Alyssa Lasley, of Clintwood, is a home school student who was unable to complete requirements for her high school diploma due to family and personal health challenges. She persevered to obtain her General Equivalency Diploma (GED) in 2012, and began taking art classes at MECC soon after. The availability of financial aid and bus transportation to and from campus were determining factors in her choice to attend MECC. Consultation with one of the college’s Success Coaches helped Lasley to focus on her career goals and major in Business Management. She was a 2015-16 recipient of the Jo Pierson Horne and Rufus Horne Memorial Scholarship. She hopes to earn her Associate’s Degree in May 2017, and eventually open her own cyber café and bakery.
Dillon Dotson is a 2015 graduate of Lee High School and a resident of Pennington Gap, Virginia. While in high school, Dillon ran track, wrestled, and was a member of FBLA. He was a 2015-2016 recipient of the Ford C. Quillen, Lucy W. McNeil, Norton Community Hospital Auxiliary, and the William Campbell and Mary Virginia Edmonds Scholarships. He plans to complete his Associate Degree in Nursing in May 2017, and obtain a position as an Intensive Care or Emergency Room nurse.
Jordan White, of Pound, graduated from Central High School in 2012. Immediately after high school, he briefly attended a trade school outside of the region, but decided that MECC was a better fit for his career goals, both academically and financially. He was a 2015-16 recipient of the Elna Jackson & Gray Robinson Scholarship, and completed his Associate’s Degree in General Studies in May 2016. He has transferred to UVa-Wise and plans to complete a Bachelor’s Degree in Psychology.
Sabrina Fox, of Wise, VA, graduated magna cum laude with an Associate’s Degree in Health Information Management in May 2016. She was a 2015-16 recipient of the Glenn Hurst and Beth Siphers Wendell Scholarship, and served as president of the American Association of Professional Coders Big Stone Gap Chapter. Fox transferred to the University of Virginia, where she plans to earn her Bachelor of Professional Studies in Health Science Management Degree and obtain her RHIT/RHIA certification.