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2015 STEM Jobs Approved Colleges List Released

Mayland Community College announced today that it has been designated a 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved College by Victory Media, the leader in successfully connecting individuals in transition with education and career opportunities, and creator of STEM JobsSM media, education and career resources for students interested in science, technology, engineering and math. The 2015 STEM JobsSM Approved (more)

Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School Opening

The grand opening of the Anspach Advanced Manufacturing School on April 13 begins at 11:00 AM at Mayland Community College's Yancey Learning Center.  (more)

Two Great Events for Upcoming Kindergartners

On Thursday, April 16th, Yancey County Schools will hold their annual Kindergarten Registration and Kindergarten Registration Kick-Off. Parents of enrolling Kindergarten age students can stop by Burnsville Town Center either before or after registering your child for Kindergarten at the school within the district you live.  The Kick-Off event will take place from 12:00 – 3:00 pm. (more)

Tasty Tuesdays Fundraiser for Middle School Health Centers (Details)

Dream Makers Provides Help to Get to Prom or 8th Grade Dance (Details)

No Obstacles Stopping this SOAR Student

Amy Ward cheerfully helps other students at Mayland Community College who are in the SOAR (Support Options for Achievement and Retention) Program.  She assists them in the computer lab, orients them to the SOAR Program, and assures them they can succeed in college. Ward knows from personal experience how difficult it can be to walk through the doors and start back to school after many (more)

MHU & Madison High Introduce Students to College Atmosphere

A recent collaborative effort between Mars Hill University and Madison High School brought selected high school seniors to the university campus to shadow students from the MHU Honors Program as they attended class and went about their day on campus. The campus visit, which took place on March 2, included high school seniors who are participants in Project Discovery, a federally funded program (more)

Yancey Schools Seek Input from Private Schools for Federal Programs Funding

Yancey County Schools is beginning to plan the Title I, II, and III programs for the 2015- 2016 school year.  Qualifying private schools within the area may be eligible to apply for these federal funds.  Private School eligibility information is available at the US Department of Education website,, or by contacting Shane Cassida, Yancey County Schools Federal Program Director, P. O. Box 190, Burnsville, NC  28714; by phone at 828.682.6101 Ext. 302; or by email at  

Fundraiser for Destroyed South Toe Sign

On Sunday, February 15th, the South Toe Elementary School entrance sign was destroyed by a tremendous wind storm.  The damage was irreparable, leaving the school without a proper marker to guide visitors or without a visual venue to share important information with parents and (more)

Mt Heritage Earns Lowest Dropout Rate in School History

In a press release on March 5, 2015 – the North Carolina Department of Public Instruction reported the dropout rate for NC public schools hit a record low of 2.28% for a statewide average.  Mountain Heritage High School can claim a new record low - for the second year in a row – at 1.45%. Last March, the release of the dropout report was certainly a proud moment for the (more)

Deyton January Super Students

Deyton Elementary School recently recognized Super Students for the month of January.  These students were chosen by staff members for outstanding effort in the classroom, kindness to others, and good behavior. Front Row:  Maria Velazquez, Skylar Lowery, Ian Burleson, Phoenix Presnell, Gabriel Watson, Abby Richardson, Addison McEntire, Daniel Biddix. Back Row:  Kiarra Shofield, Kassie Robinson, Ashley Barajas, Reagan Sparks, Lacy Taylor, Emree Hoilman, Tim Hollifield, Damien Riddle, Malachi McMahan. (clck headline for enlarged pic)

MHU Receives Funds for Documentary

The Blue Ridge National Heritage Area Partnership has announced an award of $5,000 to the Liston B. Ramsey Center for Regional Studies at Mars Hill University to support a documentary film about Madison County master fiddler Roger Howell. (more)

Alpha Chi Honor Society

Mars Hill University inducted twenty-nine students into the Epsilon Chapter of the Alpha Chi National College Honor Society on Thursday evening, November 13.  Alpha Chi recognizes students who have achieved a grade point average which places them in the top ten percent of the junior and senior classes at their respective institutions.(more)

MCC Students Awarded Golden LEAF Scholarships

Seventeen curriculum students and six occupational education students from Mayland Community College will receive scholarships through the Golden LEAF Scholarship program for the North Carolina Community College System. The Golden LEAF Scholarship program, designed to help North Carolinians attend the state’s community colleges, is funded through a $750,000 grant from the Golden LEAF (more)

Art Scholarships Available

The Toe River Arts Council announces the availability of art scholarships this spring. Awards will be given to a graduating high school senior or an adult continuing their education and are from Yancey or Mitchell County and pursuing a higher education degree majoring in any of the arts or arts education. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. The scholarship is also open to all (more)