Upcoming Events


Student Life & Development

Get involved at these upcoming events!

Upcoming Student Life & Development, Student Government Association and Diversity Committee activities are listed below.  Unless otherwise noted, events are held on A-B Tech's Asheville Campus.  For a complete calendar of college events and activities, visit http://www.abtech.edu/calendar/ or download our Spring Brochure.


Get Engaged Day

Wednesday, January 29 from 9 a.m. - 12 p.m. 

Coman Student Center

No, we’re not talking marriage; we’re talking about you getting more engaged with the services and resources available to you at A-B Tech.  Learn more about student organizations, academic assistance, financial aid, scholarships, student government, and much more.  Plus enjoy free chair massage and refreshments!


Student Government Association Meetings

Meetings are held at 4:30 p.m. in Holly Library, Rooms 120-122 and are open to all Curriculum students.

Spring 2014 meeting dates:

  • January 22
  • February 5, 19
  • March 5, 26
  • April 9, 23


Leadership Speaker Series - Part of the National Society of Leadership & Success

These events are open for all to attend, bring a friend!

Spring 2014 Broadcast Speaker Series:

Jim Cramer

Jim is the renowned host of CNBC's Mad Money with Jim Cramer, co-host of Squawk on The Street, and author of the new book, Jim Cramer's Get Rich Carefully.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, Februrary 11th, 7 p.m.
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, February 21st, 2 p.m.


Blake Mycoskie

Blake Mycoskie is the Founder and Chief Shoe Giver of TOMS, and the person behind the idea of One for One™, which has turned into a global movement.  He will be speaking on social entrepreneurism and the power of incorporating giving into business.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, February 25th, 7 p.m.
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, March 7th, 2 p.m.


Carly Fiorina

Carly Fiorina is one of the most recognized business leaders in the world, starting her business career as a secretary and going on to become the first woman to lead a Fortune 20 company.

  • Live Broadcast: Tuesday, March 25th, 7 p.m.
  • Rebroadcast: Friday, March 28th, 2 p.m.



Spring 2014 NELA (National Excellence in Leadership Award) Local Speaker Series:

Sharon Bigger - “In it to win it - Putting your Sanity First”Sharon Bigger

As students we play so many roles in life that we may forget about the most important role: taking care of ourselves. Sharon will share ways to put ourselves first so that we can stay motivated, healthy, and at our best through life’s obstacles.

  • Tuesday, April 1st, 3:30 p.m. in Ferguson Auditorium


Page McCormick

Page McCormick

Page will be speaking about Professional Development, the importance of mentoring, and offering tips and advice on how to become a strong leader in your chosen profession.

  • Wednesday, April 2nd, 5:00 p.m. in Rhododendron 351


Financial Workshops

These events are free and open to all students and employees.


Home Sweet Home Buying – RESCHEDULED TO: Thursday, 2/6, 12:30 - 1:45 p.m., Elm 211A

The home-buying process can be challenging! If you made a resolution to buy a home this year, this class breaks it down so that you can learn the steps to becoming a homeowner.


Car Buying Can Be Easy – RESCHEDULED TO:  Wednesday, 2/26, 3:00 - 3:50 p.m., Elm 222

Most people buy a vehicle at some point in our lives.  Learn the do’s and don’ts of buying the car you want, how car loans work, and tips on getting the best deal.


Every Penny Counts! – TO BE RESCHEDULED

A solid budget plan helps you afford what you need, what you want, and what you already have but haven’t paid off. This class will give you the tools to help you create a workable budget and manage your money wisely.


Crazy Credit  – Thursday, 2/27, 8:00 - 9:15 a.m., Birch 115

Credit scores are used more and more for hiring, renting, even getting utilities hooked up. Come find out what credit is, how to find out your score, and how to fix it if you’ve made mistakes.


Do You Have Money for a Rainy Day?  – Monday, 3/10, 11:00 - 11:50 a.m., Elm 211B

Savings are important! Learn all about savings so you can be financially prepared for a rainy day, an emergency, and your future.


Identity Theft 911 – Thursday, 3/27, 11:00 a.m. - 12:15 p.m., Ferguson 121

Identity theft can ruin your credit and cost you a lot of money and time to fix.  Come learn how to avoid being a victim, how to recognize if you are a victim, and what immediate steps you should take if your identity is stolen.  Free booklet for each participant.


Planning Your Financial Future - Tuesday, 4/1, 2:00 - 3:15 p.m., Ferguson 121

Saving your money is great. Investing it is even better but it can seem confusing. Come learn about Mutual Funds, CD's, Money Market Accounts and other easy ways you can grow your money safely...without fear of losing it. 



Diversity Programs

These events are free and open for all to attend.


“The Sounds of Civil Rights: Black Popular Music during the Long Freedom Struggle” – Wednesday, 2/5, Rhododendron 344, 3 - 4:30 p.m. 

This Black History month presentation by Dave Gilbert will focus on music from 1919 to 1990.  Sponsored by the History Department with support from the Diversity Committee.


“Segregating the Police: Hiring Black Police Officers in Memphis, Tennessee”Wednesday, 2/19, Rhododendron 344, 3 - 4:30 p.m. 

This Black History month presentation will be led by Maggy Williams. Sponsored by the History Department with support from the Diversity Committee.


Business Etiquette Dinner

Magnolia Building, Thursday, 2/20 at 5:30 p.m.

Join fellow A-B Tech students for an etiquette workshop/dinner to learn valuable professional dining skills from our experts.  Cost is $10 and seating is limited. Registration is required; email michelechathcock@abtech.edu for more information.



Transfer Advising Fair 

Coman Lounge, Wednesday, 3/26 from 10 a.m. – 1 p.m.

This fair provides an opportunity for students to meet with representatives of a variety of schools to ask questions and gather information about transferring to a four-year institution. More than 20 colleges and universities will be in attendance providing information, including UNC Asheville, Western Carolina University, Fayetteville State University, Brevard College, Gardner-Web University and more.   Sponsored by the Transfer Advising Center.  Open to all curriculum students.



Academic Awards Cermony

Ferguson Auditorium, Tuesday, 4/8 from 3 - 4 p.m. 

Open to all.



Earth Day Celebration (Activity Day – no classes from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.)

Beech Tree Deck / Coman Student Center, Tuesday, 4/22 from 11 a.m. – 1 p.m.

The celebration will include environmental booths, music, a picnic lunch, free chair massages, t-shirts, and much more!  Open to all students and employees.



Texting While Driving Simulator

Near Beech Tree Deck, Tuesday, 4/22 from 9:30 a.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Experience the consequences of texting while behind the wheel of our full-sized vehicle simulator.



Grad Fair

Graduating this semester?  Drop by the Bailey Student Services Building on Wednesday, April 9 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. for the 2014 A-B Tech Grad Fair.  This is a great opportunity to complete your all of graduation steps in one place.  At the fair, you can:

·         Check the status of your graduation application

·         Try on a cap and gown

·         Order your class ring, invitations and graduation items

·         Get assistance with your resume and job search

·         Join the Alumni Association





US Cellular Center, Saturday, 5/17 at 2 p.m.

Celebrate your accomplishments alongside those of your fellow students!




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