Mountain Education Center Expanding

By MJ Kneiser, WLHR Radio, Lavonia

An education program with a location in Toccoa expands elsewhere in northeast Georgia.

The Mountain Education Center is opening a new learning center in Bowman for teens that have dropped out of high school.

George Counter is spokesman for the evening high school program.

He said the new Bowman Education Center is located in the old Bowman Elementary School on Adams Street.

“Elbert, Madison, and Hart counties were interested in starting a Mountain Ed high school in that area,” said Counter. “Bowman had closed their elementary school, so we took it over and remodeled it and we are going to open a Mountain Ed high school in Elbert County.”

Counter said the school will serve students in the Elbert, Hart, and Madison County area with night classes starting in the fall.

He explained that registration for those classes begins June 17th.

“Registration will be from 5 p.m. to 8 p.m. for our Fall classes,” said Counter. “Fall classes will begin August 12. However, we are taking registrations now for those who want to take credit recovery classes.”

Those classes are going on through the summer months.

Mountain Education Centers are designed for high school students who, for whatever reason, are unable to attend a regular high school.

Counter said that classes are self-paced on computer with certified teachers and tutors also available.

“They can come to us at night and finish their diploma,” said Counter. “Or if they want to catch up, they can transfer back to their regular high school. We offer all of the courses the state offers and we meet all of the minimum state requirements for a Georgia high school diploma. We are also SACS (Southern Association of Colleges and Schools) accredited.”

Started in 2001, the Mountain Education Center is a charter school system with 15 locations in North Georgia, including one in Toccoa.