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  • A little History - Two Ashe Brothers Revolutionized Area's Education
    "If you seek their monument, look around you." The High Country as we know it today exists because of the selfless dedication and incredible hard work of two native sons of Ashe County, Blanford
  • Lees-McRae College - Founded At Century's Turn
    A small Presbyterian college in Banner Elk combined religious and educational goals to start off the century with a mission and a prayer. A Presbyterian preacher, Reverend Edgar Tufts, was assigned
  • Wilkes Community College
    Wilkes Community College serves students in Ashe, Alleghany and Wilkes counties. The main campus is located near U.S. 421 and N.C. 268 West in Wilkesboro. The 112-acre campus is wooded and is known
  • Mayland Community College
    Mayland Community College serves students in three counties, Avery, Mitchell and Yancey. The name is taken from those three, their first letters forming "MAY." The main campus is located on the Avery
  • Lees-McRae College Banner Elk, NC
    Lees-McRae College is an engaged learning community where students are inspired to pursue excellence and make a difference in the world. We offer a challenging intellectual environment for every
  • Lees-McRae College
    Lees-McRae College is the only four-year college located in Avery County. It was founded in 1899 by Rev. Edgar Tufts, and now has 600 students and 50 faculty members. Starting in Rev. Tufts' study,
  • Appalachian State University
    With over 12,000 undergraduate and graduate students, Appalachian State University is the largest educational institution in northwestern North Carolina. Founded by the Dougherty brothers as the

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