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A-B Tech Foundation
The A-B Tech Foundation is a 501(c)(3) organization. All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Foundation has assets totaling over $7.5 million. This past year we awared 378 scholarships totaling over $480,000.
However, the need is still great. Over 72% of our students need some form of financial aid to complete their studies. The financial support of our Alumni, friends of the college, and the business community is vital to help these individuals earn a credential that can transform not only their lives, but also the lives of their families and our communities.
On behalf of our students, faculty and staff, I want to thank you and honor all of you who so generously give to provide the critical financial support which we need annually to support A-B Tech.
The mission of the Foundation is to support Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in all of its programs and activities to ensure that quality educational opportunities are available to its students, faculty and staff.
- Scholarships: Tuition has increased steadily over the past five years, making the need for financial assistance greater.
- Technology: Students, faculty and staff must have access to the industry standard technology and equipment to continue providing quality training.
- Professional Development: Professional development activities enhance our instructors’ teaching skills by providing current information on industry trends.
- Renovation and Expansion: Our curriculum enrollment has increased 46.3% since 2001, making it necessary to build new facilities and to renovate others to state-of-the-art condition.
Board of Directors
The Foundation's Board of Directors looks forward to six new members joining the Board in 2015.
President, Bowers, Ellis & Watson Architects, P.A.
Appraiser, Province Valuation Group, Inc.
K. Ray Bailey
President Emeritus, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Brumit Restaurant Group
Chief Executive Officer, CarePartners
Former Assistant Provost for Graduate & Continuing Education, UNC-Asheville
Vice President, Business and Finance,
Jack R. Ferguson
Market President, Western North Carolina, TD Bank
Vice President/General Manager, Hart Funeral Service, Inc.
Richard B. Hurley
Retired, Square D Company
Dr. Dennis King
President, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Pisgah Investments, LLC
President/CEO, Mills Manufacturing
Mary Ann Rice
Senior Vice President, NC State Employees Credit Union
Steven W. Sizemore
Attorney, Morthup, McConnell & Sizemore, PLLC
Broker, Beverly-Hanks & Associates
Ray Spells (Alumnus of A-B Tech)
Senior Vice President, Wells Fargo
District Manager, Duke Energy
Owner, Hampton Inn/Homewood Suites of Asheville
Vice President, Budweiser of Asheville, Inc.
Retired Superintendent, Madison County Schools
Vice President, Clean Environments
Vice Chair 2015
Executive Director, College Advancement; Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
College Advancement Staff
Coordinator of Volunteer, Intern, and Alumni Services
Development/Special Events Coordinator
Resource Development Coordinator
Lavender Fund Advisor, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
Scholarship Coordinator, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College