Career and Technical Education

For the 2022 school year,

Mitchell High School had a graduation rate 86.6%, compared to the state of North Carolina graduation rate, which was 86.4%. 77% of these graduating Mitchell High Students completed a 4-credit Career and Technical Education pathway that teaches students the skills they need to successfully enter a career in their chosen technical field.

For the 2021-2022 school year,

Mitchell High School’s CTE post assessment proficiency rate was 90.85%, compared to a CTE proficiency rate for the CTE Western Region of North Carolina of 81.06%, and 76.10% CTE post assessment proficiency rate for the state of North Carolina.

For Mitchell County Schools,

A total of 37 Seniors scored Gold on the ACT Workkeys certification and 67 scored Silver on the ACT Workkeys Certification.

  • 1:1- All students are provided with an iPad to use as an instructional tool in the classroom and for remote learning (inclement weather) days.
  • Low student-to-teacher ratios
  • After-School Program at elementary schools in partnership with YMCA
  • Career Technical Education Program Mitchell CTE Highlights Newsletter Feb. 2022.pdf
  • Summer Programs

Elementary Reading Camp

Camp Invention- STEM Camp for students in Grades K-6

Career Accelerator Program- Week-long Career Exploration Program for middle and high school students

  • STEM classes offered to all middle school students
  • Mayland Early College- Students can earn a high school diploma and an associates degree from Mayland Community College in 5 years
  • K-12 Musical Theater productions
  • Middle School and High School Athletics Programs

Mitchell County Schools is 1:1

  • Students K-3 have iPads
  • Students 4-12 have MacBook Airs

Early College

The Mitchell County school system is a participant in the Mayland Early College, which is a non-traditional high school experience for students in a smaller, nurturing, yet academically challenging environment. At the end of the five-year experience, students have the opportunity to graduate with a high-school diploma and an associate’s degree or credits that transfer to a four-year institution. The school is located on the Mayland Community College Campus. It was initiated in 2009 with an enrollment of 36 students from Yancey, Mitchell, and Avery Counties.

Spruce Pine Montessori School

Spruce Pine Montessori School was founded in 1972 by parents who sought a creative, active learning environment for their young children. Spruce Pine Montessori School has grown for four decades into a highly respected learning establishment for pre-school through sixth grade. The school prides itself on the integration of the community and its cultures. The school focuses on the Montessori approach to child-centered learning.

Camp Spring Creek

Camp Spring was founded in 2003 in Bakersville, NC by Susie and Steve van der Vorst.  This family-run business has touched so many lives.  Hundreds of campers have been provided life-changing summer experiences.  They specialize in helping those with dyslexia and other language-based learning differences. The school prides itself on treating each child as an individual and understanding his or her special gifts.

Mayland Community College

MCC’s Mission

Mayland Community College is the educational gateway to opportunity in Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey counties.  Mayland Community College is one of the 58 community college systems within North Carolina.

MCC’s Vision

Mayland Community College will EMBRACE the communities and citizens of Mitchell, Avery, and Yancey counties. This vision means MCC will…

Establish respectful learning environments
Maximize natural resources unique to our area
Bridge the gap between goals and achievement
Respond to the needs of the community
Advance opportunities for entrepreneurship and innovation
Cultivate relationships with community partners
Encourage lifelong learning

Mayland Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award certificates, diplomas, Associate in Applied Science degrees, Associate in Arts degree, and Associate in Science degree. Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Mayland Community College.

Train for Work

Mayland Community College offers a variety of programs that are designed for those entering the workforce, seeking recertification, enhancing workplace skills, or simply exploring new career opportunities. All certification programs are designed to provide the knowledge and skills needed to successfully complete exams required by state and national organizations such as the National Healthcareer Association, the National Center for Construction Education and Research, and Microsoft.

Credentialing Programs offered through MCC’s Economic & Workforce Development/Continuing Education Programs:

  • Sports Medicine Technology (356 Hours) New!
  • Nurse Aide I (169 Hours)
  • Nurse Aide Refresher (48 Hours)
  • Therapeutic Massage (665 Hours)
  • Phlebotomy Technician (210 Hours)
  • Medical Coding (138 Hours)
  • Advanced Emergency Medical Technician-AEMT ( 256 Hours)
  • EKG Technician (105 Hours)
  • HVAC/R Level I (210 Hours)
  • Emergency Medical Responder ( EMR) (63 Hours)

Customized Training for Business and Industry

The Customized Training Program at Mayland Community College (MCC) specializes in the development and delivery of technical training programs and services to promote recruitment and retention of local business and industry. MCC works with your company to choose core and industry-specific content to train your new employees or upgrade the skills of longtime employees. When the performance gap in your plant could be improved through training, MCC can be the training partner. MCC can design and deliver, often directly in your plant, a training program designed to solve your specific problems. Customized Training exists to help businesses and industry become more competitive and adaptive to change.

Small Business Center

The Small Business Center (SBC) at MCC brings people together to learn, launch, connect and grow. If you’re ready to start a new business or scale an existing venture, the Small Business Center’s programs and services will give you the skills, mindset, and network to succeed. Classes are free classes and confidential counseling is available.

Fall 2022

College Transfer: 52% | 388

Health Sciences: 12% | 89

Vocational: 36% | 270

Vocational Programs: 29% = (14/48)


MCC Awarded (2022-2023) a Total Student Enrollment: 1,020

Associate Degrees: 78

Diplomas: 15

Certificates: 79

    • Business Administration
    • Engineering Technician: 15
      • Applied Engineering Technology
      • Computer Engineering Technology
      • Electronics Engineering Technology
      • Information Technology


    • Liberal Arts: 31
      • General Studies
      • Liberal Arts & Sciences


    • Nursing and Emergency Medicine: 13
      • Emergency Medical Science
      • AND, LPN, RN


    • Medical Support and Technology: 9


    • Security and Law Enforcement: 25


    • Construction Trades: 36
      • Masonry
      • Welding Technology
    • Other programs include: 30
      • Cosmetology
      • Human Services

MCC Foundation

The generous support of scholarship donors at Mayland Community College and community organizations enables us to give almost 60 scholarships – totaling over $50,000 – to students each academic year.

MCC Foundation Scholarships

MCC Foundation scholarships include both endowed scholarships and in-house scholarships. Endowed scholarships begin with a gift of $10,000 or more, which is invested. Scholarships are given based on the interest earned from the endowment. In-house scholarships are annual scholarship donations to the MCC Foundation that go directly to the scholarship recipients and are not endowed. Students apply to all MCC Foundation Scholarships through a single online application.

Community Scholarships

Community Scholarships are awarded to Mayland Community College students through separate applications and often have specific criteria and requirements such as additional essays. Organizations may choose to set up a scholarship as a community scholarship or as an MCC Foundation scholarship.

Notice of Nondiscrimination:

Mayland Community College prohibits discrimination and harassment in its educational services, programs and employment based on race, color, creed, religion, national origin, gender, gender identity, gender expression, sexual orientation, age, disability, genetic information and veteran status. Please see for more information.

Gainful Employment Programs

Federal Regulations require institutions to report certain information about students who enrolled in Title IV eligible educational programs that lead to gainful employment in a recognized occupation (GE programs). While all programs at MCC are designed to lead to either employment or transfer, the Department of Education requires disclosure information on specific GE Programs. Click here for a complete list of GE programs and disclosure information.

Appalachian State University

Located in Boone, North Carolina, Appalachian State University has four colleges and a School of Music, offering more than 140-degree programs and 1,500 courses. With an enrollment of 17,000 students, the school averages a student/teacher ratio of 17:1 with an average class size of 25. In 2008-09, a total of 3,603 degrees were awarded.

Lees-McRae College

Located in Banner Elk, North Carolina, Lees-McRae College offers a four-year liberal arts education with 25 majors in Arts and Sciences and a Professional Studies Program. The college enrollment is 700 full-time students from 39 states and 19 foreign countries. The student/teacher ratio is 13:1 with an average class size of 15. The college is Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission accredited.

University of North Carolina at Asheville (UNC-A)

Located in Asheville, North Carolina, the University, has more than 3,400 students and 341 full and part-time faculty. Offering over 30 majors, it is the only designated liberal arts institution in the 16 campus University of North Carolina system. UNC-A is a member of The Council of Public Liberal Arts Colleges.

Montreat College

Located in the Town of Montreat, The College has an enrollment of 1,145 students and is a Christian liberal arts college affiliated with the Presbyterian Church. It offers undergraduate programs in The School of Arts and Sciences’ accredited programs for masters degrees in The School of Professional and Adult Studies, and a Professional Development Institute for groups and corporate training.

Warren Wilson College

Located near Asheville in The Swannanoa Valley, Warren Wilson is a liberal arts college with an enrollment of 946 students and an average class size of 17 students. It offers 40 majors and concentrations and 27 minors with dual degree programs. All resident students are required to work 15 hours a week in the daily operation of the campus that is applied in credit toward the cost of attendance. Community service in the amount of 100 hours over four years is required of each student offering service learning opportunities locally and internationally.

East State Tennessee University

ETSU offers Mitchell County residents in-state tuition. It is part of the Tennessee Board of Regents system of colleges and universities, the nation’s sixth largest system of public education.

East Carolina University School of Dentistry

Mitchell County and the Town of Spruce Pine became home for a full service dental clinic beginning in 2014. The facility trains residents for private and public practices and provides a full range of services to patients.

Penland School of Crafts

Penland School of Crafts, located in central Mitchell County, is a national center for craft education. Penland offers one, two, and eight-week workshops in books and paper, clay, drawing, glass, iron, metals, photography, printmaking, textiles, and wood. The school sponsors artists’ residencies, community education programs, and a craft gallery. Penland School of Crafts began in 1920 as a cottage industry for weaving. The school now has approximately 1,200 students annually and another 14,000 pass through as visitors. Penland School is a focal point for a lively community of artists in its programming, which has encouraged many artists to settle in the area.