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Long lines and short fuses no match for therapy dogs

April 21, 2014

Pet therapy team Paul Monitto and his J.R. had people smiling.

The stampede in Student Services April 1 for registration on a first come, first serve basis for special programs was quieted by four-footed helpers beginning at 8 a.m. That’s when the first therapy dog appeared on the scene do some emotional calming, coined “stress relief” by much of the A-B Tech staff.

College seeks volunteer tutors for high school equivalency program

April 21, 2014

The volunteer services program at A-B Tech Community College has an immediate need for new volunteers to assist in the Adult Basic Skills (ABS) and High School Equivalency (HSE, formerly GED) program located at Goodwill in West Asheville.

Duke Energy awards $195,000 to Asheville-Buncombe Tech

April 16, 2014

Highland Brewing Founder Oscar Wong with Lee McElrath of PSNC Energy tour the A-B Tech CBI facilities.

Duke Energy and A-B Tech Community College announced a $195,000 investment from the Duke Energy Foundation.

The funds will be used to further develop A-B Tech’s Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast by leveraging funds to purchase a seven-barrel brewhouse, a distillation system, wine making system and sensory lab.

Students recognized for academic achievements

April 9, 2014

A-B Tech Community College honored outstanding students during its Academic Awards Ceremony April 8 in Ferguson Auditorium.

Radiology student Kris Riddle received the Academic Excellence Award from the North Carolina Community College System. His award was presented by Candler Willis, a member of the state board of community colleges.

Civil Engineering and Surveying revamped at A-B Tech

March 25, 2014

A-B Tech student Brannon Honeycutt recently enrolled in the Civil Engineering program.

The Engineering and Applied Technology Division at A-B Tech Community College announced that Civil Engineering Technology and Geomatics Technology programs will be offered in Fall 2014. Both programs have been enhanced based on input from area employers.

A-B Tech instructor sees great opportunities in local hospitality industry

March 25, 2014

Walter Rapetski recently sat on a panel at the Governor's Conference on Tourism.

A-B Tech Community College’s Walter Rapetski wants to dispel the myth that getting training and skills for careers in the hospitality industry leads to low-paying, dead-end jobs.

Meet Jo Reynolds, Volunteer for April

March 24, 2014

Jo Reynolds

Jo Reynolds finishes up with her classes during the week at A-B Tech and then heads to Pamela Silvers’ department in Balsam. Silvers, chair of the business computers technologies department, is very adept in requesting and training volunteers to fill assorted position and provide varying degrees of support to her busy environment.

Using Math to Make Shoes for Children

March 24, 2014

A-B Tech student Morgan Edwards cuts out a pattern to help make shoes for children.

Students in Tammy Sullivan's Mathematical Measurement class at A-B Tech Community College had a math lab studying area and perimeter, but with an extra purpose beyond the numbers.

Kris Riddle to Receive A-B Tech’s Academic Excellence Award

March 20, 2014

Kris Riddle

A-B Tech student William ‘Kris’ Riddle has been selected as this year’s recipient  of the Academic Excellence Award from NCCCS, the North Carolina Community College System.  Riddle will receive his award during a ceremony on campus April 8.

A-B Tech students win coveted spots in NASA’s Aerospace Scholars program

March 18, 2014

Dr. Dennis King, student Kris Ridenour,  Jim Sulllivan, Tammy Sullivan and student Mike Blackwater.

A-B Tech Community College students Kris Ridenour and Mike Blackwater were two of the 40 students in the United States chosen by NASA to participate as Aerospace Scholars at the Marshall Space Flight Center February 26-28. 

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College is accredited by the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges to award associate degrees, diplomas and certificates.  Contact the Commission on Colleges at 1866 Southern Lane, Decatur, Georgia 30033-4097 or call 404-679-4500 for questions about the accreditation of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College.

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