Mayland Community College’s Continuing Education Division is committed to the concept of life-long learning, highlighting the College’s mission to provide excellence in education and opportunity to Mitchell, Avery and Yancey Counties. Continuing Education classes provide a chance for citizens to develop their potential in vocational, intellectual or cultural areas.
According to Mayland’s Associate Vice President of Continuing Education and Workforce Development, Rita Earley, the Continuing Education Division is quick to respond to the needs of the community.
“In 2013, over 10,500 residents of the area were served in programs ranging from career development and licensure, to training for fire departments, industry and those seeking their GED,” said Earley. “This commitment to lifelong learning reflects the mission of the Division and the College.”
Dr. Monica Carpenter has served as the Dean of Mayland Community College’s Yancey Learning Center since August 2012.
Carpenter graduated from Mayland with a two-year degree in Business Administration. Her Doctoral Degree from Western Carolina University is in Community College Administration. She has worked in the community college system for over ten years and is a Yancey County native. Carpenter currently serves as the President Elect for the Yancey Chamber of Commerce where she serves on the scholarship and special events committees. She also participates as a board member of the Yancey County Relay for Life and in other community activities.
Carpenter develops a schedule of classes that responds to the training, continuing education, and lifelong learning needs of the community. Classes are scheduled each semester based on the needs and the wants of the community and instructor availability. According to Carpenter, Mayland is always eager to add new classes and new instructors to the schedule. This summer, the Yancey Learning Center will add a new Heritage Arts component and is currently searching for artists and crafters who are willing to share their talents with students.
“Typically, health occupations classes such as Phlebotomy, Therapeutic Massage or Nursing Assistant are in high demand. Welding and computer courses are also very popular,” said Carpenter. “We also schedule training for fire departments and EMS personnel upon request. Each semester we offer general interest courses such as pottery, herbal medicine, bread baking, photography, Chromebooks, and many more. A new course, Physical Therapy Aide, is beginning in March and we have just started an Intro to Pharmacy class. We are very excited about these new courses.”
Certain classes such as Phlebotomy, Nursing Assistant, Therapeutic Massage, and EMT-B offer third party certifications. When a student completes one of these courses at the Yancey Learning Center they are eligible to take an exam to become certified in that area.
Scholarships are available for occupational classes that provide skills training that may lead to employment. There are four scholarships available: Golden Leaf, Project SkillUp, Wells Fargo, and SECU. The scholarships are for students who qualify and are enrolling in a class of 96 hours or more. Interested students must fill out an application available at the Yancey Learning Center and complete at least nine hours of Human Resource Development Training.
The Yancey Learning Center also offers courses taken as part of two year degree programs and an Adult Education Program lab where students can complete their GED® or Adult High School Diploma.
“As a native of Yancey County I love serving the people of this great community,” said Carpenter. “As a high school graduate, I entered Mayland as part of my first college experience, and the wonderful faculty and staff at Mayland gave me the encouragement to pursue higher education. I decided that I too wanted to help others and assist in providing educational opportunities for my community. I love seeing students succeed and the happiness on their faces when they have reached their goal.”
If you are interested in teaching or have class ideas please contact Carpenter at firstname.lastname@example.org or by calling 828-766-1370. For more information on Continuing Education classes offered at the Yancey Learning Center please visit www.mayland.edu and click on the Continuing Education link or call 828-682-7315.