Grand opening of Mars Hill College South Asheville campus Jan. 7

Full announcement from Mars Hill College:

There will be a Grand Opening of the new south Asheville site for Mars Hill College on January 7, from 4 – 6 pm. A ribbon cutting involving officials from Mars Hill College as well as Buncombe and Henderson county chambers of commerce will take place at approximately 4:30 pm.

Potential students and other members of the public are encouraged to attend the event and tour the site, which is located at 303 Airport Road, Arden. Professors and other college officials will available at the event to answer questions about educational programs at the site, which will include general education and major classes toward bachelor’s degrees in education (elementary, middle grades, special education, integrated education and teacher licensure), business management, criminal justice and social work. Classes toward a master’s degree in elementary education will also be held at this site. Additional major programs may be added later. All classes are evening classes that will meet one night per week.

Programming at the new location will be administered through the MHC Adult and Graduate Studies (AGS) program. According to Marie Nicholson, Dean of the program, Mars Hill’s AGS classes are designed to fulfill the needs of working adults who would like to further their education.

“The opening of a location in south Asheville expands opportunities for people throughout the region to take advantage of the degree programs offered through Mars Hill College,” Nicholson said. “The new Airport Road location makes Mars Hill classes more accessible for adult students in the Asheville and Hendersonville areas, who may not have time to drive to Mars Hill after work for class.”

Nicholson said the opening of a second Asheville site effectively removes one more hurdle for potential students who may have been dreaming of returning to school, particularly those near the South Asheville area. And while the location will be different, the small-campus environment that has buoyed thousands of Mars Hill College alumni through a rigorous academic experience will still be present, Nicholson said.
The Grand Opening is free of charge. Attendees are asked to RSVP on the MHC website, at

Financial aid is available for AGS classes. For more information about Mars Hill College Adult and Graduate Studies or to register for classes, call 828/689-1166, or email AGS Director of Marketing and Admissions Samantha Fender at


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