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Life Skills at Mayland Community College

The Mayland Community College Adult Education Program offers free Life Skills classes designed for adults who need to improve day-to-day living skills and foundational reading, math, and writing skills. These classes serve many developmentally disabled adults but are often open to other students who may benefit from course content depending on location.

These classes offer a uniquely-designed educational program intended to help students develop the following skills:

  • Social interaction skills
  • Basic academic skills
  • Work skills
  • Independent living skills

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FREE Everyday Life Skills Class at Mayland’s Avery Learning Center

Mayland Community College is offering a new Everyday Life Skills Class for adults at the Avery Learning Center in Newland.  Everyday life skills are things many take for granted, but for some adults, learning to read a calendar, food labels, and count change are obtainable goals that give life purpose and meaning.  
The class will meet Monday, Tuesday, and Friday from 9:30-2:30 pm in Room 122 at Mayland’s Avery Learning Center. The campus has a break room and vending machines if students wish to bring their lunch.
This free class covers a wide variety of material including functional academics, community living, health and safety, and leisure and humanities.  Students will set personal goals and learn how to meet them.  Students will also participate in extended enrichment activities including arts and crafts, games, and field trips.  The class, in collaboration with Avery Transportation, will travel to Mayland’s Main Campus for monthly haircuts and manicures at no charge.  They will also go on trips to Boone where they will bowl or catch a movie, and have lunch at a local restaurant.      
Instructor Kathy Trice is a lifelong resident of Avery County and has worked at Mayland since 2008. She holds a bachelor’s degree from Lees McRae College in Education.  Trice is very passionate about this class and says she has never been a part of something so rewarding.  She says the best part of her job is receiving the utter love and appreciation from those who need help learning everyday tasks. Trice is humbled by the enthusiasm of her students and willing to work on any goal for as long as it takes.

For additional information contact Trice at 828-733-0617 or Mayland’s Avery Learning Center at 828-733-5883.

For more information...

For more information, contact Deborah Houston, Life Skills Coordinator at extension 336, (828) 765-7351 or 1-800-4-MAYLAND, or e-mail us at

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