Mitchell County Workforce Development

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Resources that will link you to jobs


Increase the quality of our workforce

Award Winning Mayland Community College

Award Winning Mayland Community College ( is located in the Blue Ridge section of the Appalachian Mountains of western North Carolina on the Avery/Mitchell county line just outside the town of Spruce Pine. Mayland currently offers 26 curriculum programs including numerous college transfer options; hundreds of continuing education offerings; Basic Skills and GED completion program; two off campus locations in Newland and Burnsville; Corrections Education at Avery/Mitchell and Mountain View Correctional Facilities; and distance learning opportunities in most curriculum programs, as well as in continuing education. The College now serves more than 6,300 persons each year through its educational programs, which represents more than 16 percent of the adult population living within the service area. During the 2010-2011 Academic year, Mayland served 1,650 Curriculum, 2,958 Continuing Education, and 838 Basic Skills students, doubling enrollment since 1997.

Percentage of Curriculum Students - Fall 2011:

  • College Transfer 27%
  • Health Sciences (capped enrollments) 12%
  • Technical Programs 49%
  • Vocational Programs 12%
  • 2011 Proj Total Pop 50-59 15.8%
  • 2011 Proj Total Pop 60+ 28.3%

Graduates in 2008-09

MCC awarded 248 Associate Degrees (44%), Diplomas (14%) and Certificates (42%) in 2009.


The JobsNOW initiative will bring together all the resources available to North Carolinians to create new jobs and to put our people back to work. The "12 in 6" worker training initiative is a workforce development program designed to benefit North Carolinians who have lost their jobs. The initiative will create community college programs in 12 careers, each requiring less than six months to complete. Mayland offers the following academic programs through the "12 in 6" initiative: Nursing Assistant, Phlebotomy, Office/Clerical Support, Carpentry, Welding, Food Service, and Autobody Repair.

Customized Training for Business and Industry

The program was developed in recognition of the fact that one of the most important factors for a business or industry considering locating, expanding, or remaining in North Carolina is the ability of the State to ensure the presence of a well-trained workforce. The program is designed to react quickly to the needs of businesses and to respect the confidential nature of proprietary processes and information within those businesses.

Degrees Awarded (2007-2009)

Degree Total Earned
Certificate 64
Associate Degree 86
1-2 Year Certificate 192
Diploma 41

Student Population

Student enrollment was 1,650 in Mitchell, Avery & Yancey Counties
Undergrads are 100% of enrolled students
Students living in US make up 100% of freshmen

Business and Management
        Accounting Technology/Bookkeeping
        Business Administration & Management
        Management Information Systems
        Office Administration

16 awarded
Construction Trades
        Mason / Masonry

141 awarded
Engineering Technician
        Computer Engineering Technology
        Electrical / Electronic / Communications Engineer
        Electromechanical Technology /
        Electromechanical Engineering Tech

13 awarded
Landscaping and Horticulture
        Applied Horticulture / Horticulture Operations

37 awarded
Liberal Arts
        General Studies
        Libeal Arts & Sciences
        General Studies & Humanities
        Liberal Arts and Sciences - Liberal Studies
27 awarded
Mechanics and Repair (Auto)

13 awarded
Medical Support and Technology

16 awarded
Nursing and Emergency Medicine
        LPN, Vocational Nurse, RN, ASN, BSN, MSN

43 awarded
Office Administration

20 awarded
Production Trades
        Welding Technology/Welder

18 awarded
Security and Law Enforcement

34 awarded
Other programs include: Cosmetology,
Family and Social Work, Early childhood

32 awarded