Adult Education/GED® at MCC

Adult Education, Learning Lab, GED® and more in Four different locations in the Mayland Community College service area


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Adult Education/GED® at Mayland Community College

Adult Education/GED® is MORE than high school equivalency! We also provide free services in Life Skills, college preparation, career readiness, Adult Basic Education, and English for Speakers of Other Languages. Students will have opportunities to improve reading, writing, mathematics, and communication skills.


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Student Success

Jason Howell

Jason Howell currently works for the Yancey County Department of Social Services. According to Jason, not having career options can lead to lack of monetary stability that can increase the chances of family problems. He suggests that to improve yourself, your family, and your community, one should return to school. Earn your GED® or enroll in classes.  Getting started with the educational process is always a step in the right direction.

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David Buchanan

David Buchanan, age 35, works as an influential chemist for the Unimin Corporation in Spruce Pine, NC.  His inspiring story tells how he got his start at Mayland’s Learning Lab, and how reaching out for help really paid off.


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Jessica DownieJessica Downie came to Mayland to start on her career path to becoming a nurse. First, she began in Mayland's Adult Education Department at the college's Avery Learning Center where she earned her GED®. Currently, she is enrolled in curriculum classes that will help her become a nursing student at Mayland.



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Christal CannonChristal Cannon remembers, “When I was a little girl all I wanted to do was find paper and pencil and practice printing letters, and later I printed words and sentences.  I would watch my mom studying and writing her homework, and I wanted to do exactly the same things she did.”


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Mark & Sherry StoutBoth Mark and Sherry Stout successfully earned their GED® diplomas and walked in ''cap and gown'' ceremonies (with cheering family and friends present to help them celebrate) across the Sam Center Auditorium stage on Mayland’s Main Campus.


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HuskinsDorothy Huskins entered Mayland Community College in 2000 as a dislocated worker from Vision Legwear when that industry’s local division closed. 

“My first experience with Mayland was in the Adult Education Learning Lab,” said Huskins. “I needed a little refresher help before taking the college placement exam. The Learning Lab staff was so amazing and made me feel incredibly special. My confidence had fallen to an all time low when I lost my job; I felt as if I had lost my identity...

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Sparks"As for my message to teenagers and parents, I would encourage you to stay in school, study hard, do your very best, and graduate.  But, when unfortunate circumstances prevent this from happening, please consider talking with the Mayland Learning Lab staff about completing your high school education with them," - Leeanna Sparks.

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Prepare for College Placement Tests in Mayland’s Learning Lab

Paula“I knew I wanted to go back to college, but there was one roadblock stopping me—English grammar!”  said Paula McClellan with her beautiful warm smile—“I graduated from Avery High School, and I’ve always enjoyed learning new things, but reading and English grammar were always challenges for me...”


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Mayland Learning Lab’s TABE services benefit BLET Grad

David Buchanan

Mayland’s BLET (Basic Law Enforcement Training) and EMT (Emergency Management Training) students are all required to complete the Test of Adult Basic Education (TABE) which is administered FREE of charge in Mayland’s Learning Lab during regular class hours, Monday through Friday.  Before students can enroll in either of these two programs, they must achieve passing scores on the TABE...


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