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Our mission: To provide assessment, support, and counseling to High Country students.

The Assessment, Support, and Counseling (ASC) Center is a team of individuals located in four western North Carolina schools, where over ten therapists are collaborating with school counselors, teachers, principals, and more to help students in need of some extra support. The ASC Center is a partnership between Appalachian State University and regional K-12 public schools.

This site was created by the ASC Center, with support from the schools, to aid students who need a way to find help and are unsure of where else they can go. This site was made special for students in western North Carolina, but we try to provide information that can be useful for students living anywhere.


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Find out more about the ASC Center, our history, and our accomplishments.

Established in 2006, the ASC Center is now serving seven High Country schools.

Learn more about our interdisciplinary team of mental health providers. 

If you have questions or comments about the ASC Center, contact: Kurt Michael, (828) 262-2272; email:

More information about the ASC Centers can be found at the Carolina Network for School Mental Health (CNSMH).