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Mountain Empire Community College Talent Search

  • Mountain Empire Community College Talent Search
  • 3441 Mountain Empire Road
  • Big Stone Gap, VA 24219
  • 276-523-2400
  • 1983
  • Gena Massey, M.Ed., NCC
  • 276-523-2400 Ext 278

Program Description

Talent Search is an educational program for motivated students with academic potential who want to continue their education after high school. The program is especially focused on serving students who will be the first in their family to attend college or university in pursuit of a degree. Because Talent Search is a federally funded TRiO program, there is NO cost to participants.

Participant Qualifications:

Students must be in grades seven through twelve and live in Lee, Scott, or Wise county, or the City of Norton. Talent Search is particularly designed for students of families with low-income, and/or students whose parents have not received a four-year degree.

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Arts and cultural
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • Parent/family services
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Science, tech, engineering, & math (STEM)


Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 488
  • Middle School: 159
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 0
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically At-risk
  • Academically High-performing


  • More than 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Alice Lloyd College
  • Berea College
  • College of William & Mary
  • East Tennessee State University
  • Emory & Henry College
  • Hollins University
  • Lincoln Memorial University
  • Milligan College
  • Mountain Empire Community College
  • Radford University
  • Southwest Virginia Community College
  • The University of Tennessee-Knoxville
  • The University of Virginia's College at Wise
  • Union College
  • University of Kentucky
  • University of Pikeville
  • Virginia Military Institute
  • Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University