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Adult Student Background Checks and Drug Testing Requirements

Per Mercer County policy (Policy J-25), all adults enrolled in day programs at the Mercer County Technical Education Center are required to obtain a criminal background check and undergo a drug test.


Drug testing will be conducted at the school on a random date after classes have started, but the procedure for obtaining a criminal background check should be started as soon as possible.  You will be denied admission into a program at MCTEC until satisfactory background check results have been received.


To obtain a criminal background check, you may call 1-855-766-7746 or go to to schedule an appointment to have your fingerprints taken at Community Connections in Princeton, West Virginia.


Future adult students need to have both a state and federal background check conducted. Results need to be sent to:


Mercer County Technical Education Center

1397 Stafford Drive

Princeton, WV 24740


The cost of the fingerprinting/state and federal background checks are approximately $48.00.  


Please submit proof to Mercer County Technical Education Center's Financial Aid office when you have had your fingerprints taken and have submitted the federal background check request to the FBI.


MCTEC does not discriminate on the basis of gender, race, color, religion, disability, or national origin in employment or educational programs or activities. Inquiries may be referred to Amanda Aliff, Section 504 Coordinator, at Mercer County Schools, 1403 Honaker Avenue, Princeton, WV 24740. Phone 304-487-1551. Lack of English language skills is not a barrier to participation in any course.