Business and Hospitality Education

The Business and Hospitality Education Division provides technical postsecondary education in the academic departments of Administrative/Medical Systems Technology, Business Administration, Business Computer Technologies, Culinary Arts and Hospitality, Networking Technologies, and Spa Therapies and Operations. Programs of study are specifically designed to provide students with necessary job skills to meet the personnel needs of local employers. All programs emphasize the mastery of analytical and technology-related skills. Business and Hospitality faculty work in partnership with local employers and program advisory committees to provide students with an appropriate foundation of theoretical and hands-on experiences. Day and evening classes are available for most programs. The Business and Hospitality Education Division is an associate member of the National Alliance of Business, the International Council of Hotel, Restaurant and Institutional Education and the National Restaurant Association.

For students interested in starting or managing their own business, the Student Business Incubator is one of many programs and services offered by the A-B Tech Small Business Center/Business Incubator.

Objectives of Business and Hospitality Programs

  1. To provide students with the necessary skills to compete in local business or hospitality job markets while gaining an appreciation for global markets.
  2. To provide students with a challenging and rigorous program of study emphasizing oral and written communication skills along with analytical, computational, and technical proficiencies.
  3. To provide an interactive partnership between students, employers and faculty through a variety of methods, including cooperative work experiences, guest lecturers, field trips, and advisory committee input.
  4. To invest in the human capital of Buncombe and Madison counties and contribute to the economic development of the business and hospitality community.

All degree programs in the Division of Business and Hospitality Education are five to six semesters in duration and will require from 20 to 30 hours per week of course work. If a student elects to enroll in the Business and Hospitality Division through the evening program, the time required for completion will be extended.

Click here for a semester-by-semester presentation of each program.