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Welcome to McDowell Early College. 
Welcome to the McDowell Early College Website! We hope the website will provide you with the information you need about our school. It is our desire for our website to be a place where current students/parents can find pertinent information about what is "Happening" at MEC and prospective students/parents can find out information about the recruitment process.

McDowell Early College is proudly partnering with 12 community agencies in 2015-16 to help our community. We require students to complete 150 hours of community service before they graduate. We want to go beyond the 150 hour graduation requirement to the heart of why serving our community is important. Our school-wide theme this year is MISSION imPOSSIBLE ....... SERVICE HAPPENS HERE!
MEC is working with the following agencies this year:
  • Hospice 
  • Manna Food Bank 
  • McDowell Mission
  • McDowell Housing Coalition 
  • Environmental Sustainability
  • Exceptional Children's Program
  • Head Start
  • NC Works
  • TIM Program
  • Relay for Life Team 
  • Health Coalition
  • Family Services

Unless someone like you cares a whole awful lot, nothing is going to get better.
It"s not. Dr. Suess

Only a life lived for others is a life worthwhile. Albert Einstein

The best way to find yourself is to lose yourself in the service of others. Mahatma Gahandi

2016 Will mark our 10 year anniversary at McDowell Early College. Our school was established in 2006. We have some exciting events planned for our current students, alumni, partnering institution and the community. There will be more information coming soon.

News & Announcements


April 29. 2016 MEC PROM
May 13, 2016 GRADUATION
August 4, 2016 OPEN HOUSE
August 10, 2016 FIRST DAY OF SCHOOL

Graduate Portrait Information

Class of 2016, Lifetouch will be in McDowell County during the month of July to take your senior portraits. This year, they will need you to call and make an appointment for your senior portraits. The available dates that they are at McDowell High School are July 14, July 15, July 16, July 20 & July 21. You will call their office directly to make your appointment, at 828-684-0390. Lifetouch will be mailing a packet of information directly to your home around the first of July. They will mail you proofs, and then you will be given the option to purchase pictures. You are not required to do so. You will be included in the yearbook whether you buy pictures or not. Please contact Mrs. Hood if you have questions or concerns. (Make-up pictures will be held at MEC on August 25. Cap & Gown portraits will be on January 29, 2016).

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Events Photo
Last Day to pay MTCC fees (by 5:00)
Date: 8/24/2016
11th College Trip Deposit due ($100)
Date: 8/26/2016
Half Day for Students--Limited Transportation PM
Date: 9/2/2016
Labor Day--No school
Date: 9/5/2016
Teacher Workday--No school
Date: 9/6/2016