I maintain a list of all the East Coast avy course options here:
As for whether the OP should even bother taking an avalanche course given his plans, he can speak for himself in more detail about those plans, but I am nevertheless greatly amused by the implicit assumption on behalf of so many other posters that because the OP lives in the East that therefore he must be consigned to always skiing in the East.
As for avalanches in the East ...
Referencing my article on the 2012 Eastern Snow & Avalanche Workshop ("ESAW" -- 2nd Saturday in November each yr in North Conway NH) in the American Avalanche Association's "The Avalanche Review":
"Julie LeBlanc explained her work as a forecaster with the avalanche center in Quebec’s Haute-Gaspésie (AKA the Chic-Chocs), the only avalanche forecast center east of the Rockies other than our own Mount Washington. She provided background on the surprisingly deadly history of mainly non-recreationist avalanches in Quebec, with 73 fatalities since 1825. For example, a 1999 avalanche took nine lives in a native village."
I count only two here:
... but all I know about Baxter/Katahdin is from ESAW presentations and a trip from an avy student. (So others might be missing?)
This is the only fatality that I can recall:
(Stability conditions that day were beyond obvious, but unfortunately those guys back then didn't seem to know anything about backcountry safety.)
Only one fatality, but many close calls:
The only fatalities have been on Mt Washington, although some close calls on Adams, with many other avalanches in many other locations that are never reported.
Here's the destruction wrought by one this season on Jefferson that I suspect was seen only by me:
This wide-open area at the bottom of the picture was heavily treed in prior seasons:
Here's another view -- imagine the destructive force necessary to create the open section in the middle of the picture:
Back to Mt Washington, here is my list (also a 15th fatality was indirectly caused by an avalanche):
... and many (many) more close calls, including the 2013 avalanche that hit a party of 12: