Asheville is the town and county seat of Buncombe County, North Carolina, United States. It is the largest city in western North Carolina, and the 12th most populous city in the North Carolina state of the United States. The population of the city was 92,452 according to 2018 figures. It is the main town in the four-county metropolitan area of Asheville, with a population of 424,858 in 2010.
Asheville and its surrounding area have several higher education institutions, including the following.
Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College
Asheville–Buncombe Technical Community College (A-B Tech) is a public community college based in Asheville, North Carolina. Established in 1959, the college is one of the oldest in the North Carolina Community College System and serves Buncombe and Madison counties through five different campuses, while students from anywhere can enroll.
As of the 2014-15 academic year, there were 10,070 students enrolled in the program and 14,053 students enrolled in continuing education. Those numbers make the school one of the highest in North Carolina. A-B Tech offers over 120 degrees, diplomas, and certificates.
Black Mountain College
Black Mountain College was an experimental college founded in 1933 by John Andrew Rice, Theodore Dreier, and a few others. Based in Black Mountain, North Carolina, the school was culturally based around John Dewey’s ideals of education, which underscored holistic learning and the study of art as fundamental to liberal art education.
Many of the school’s professors and alumni have been or will continue to be highly influential in the arts, including Josef and Anni Albers, Charles Olson, Ruth Asawa, Walter Gropius, Ray Johnson, Robert Motherwell, Dorothea Rockburne, Cy Twombly, Robert Rauschenberg, Merce Cunningham, John Cage, Buckminster Fuller, Franz Kline, Willem and Elaine de Kooning, and Mary Caroline Richards. Although it was quite impressive during its lifespan, after 24 years of funding, the school closed in 1957. The past and tradition of Black Mountain College are preserved and expanded by the Black Mountain College Museum + Arts Center in downtown Asheville, North Carolina.
Shaw University is a private liberal arts baptist and historically black university (HBCU) in Raleigh, North Carolina. Founded on 1 December 1865, Shaw University was the first HBCU in the Southern United States.
It was dubbed the “mother of African-American colleges in North Carolina” as the founding presidents of North Carolina Central University, Elizabeth City State University, and Fayetteville State University are all Shaw alumni. The founder of Livingstone College studied at Shaw before moving to Lincoln University. What became North Carolina Agricultural and Technical State University was built on Shaw’s campus in its first year.
You will find this school in the beautiful Asheville, North Carolina, along with these other must-see places of interest:
- Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College (Asheville)
- Black Mountain College (Black Mountain: 1933–1957)
- Shaw University College of Adult and Professional Education or C.A.P.E.
- Brevard College (Brevard)
- Lenoir-Rhyne University – Center for Graduate Studies of Asheville (Asheville)
- Mars Hill University (Mars Hill)
- Montreat College (Montreat)
- The University of North Carolina at Asheville (Asheville)
- Warren Wilson College
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