Other College Services and Information

College Services

A-B Tech Café. The Cafe is located in the Coman Student Activity Center. Breakfast and lunch meals, including sandwiches, salads, and soups, are prepared daily. Regular hours of operation are posted in the Cafe and are normally from 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the grill, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the snack shop Monday -Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for both grill and snack shop on Fridays. Hours may vary. Vending machines dispensing soft drinks, coffee, and snacks can be found at various locations around campus. 

A-B Tech Police and Security. Police and Security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each officer is prepared to respond to medical emergencies. Call 828-398-7125 

Bookstore. A bookstore is operated by the College for the convenience of students and staff members to provide required textbooks and materials. Students should plan to purchase all texts and materials at the beginning of each semester. 

Textbook costs vary considerably depending upon the curriculum and semester. Book costs also vary from year to year because of changes in curriculum book prices, texts, and material requirements. 

Texts and materials will be made available in alternative accessible formats for individuals with disabilities upon request to the Disabilities Services Academic Advisor. (Support Services office) 

Child Care. A-B Tech has limited dollars to assist students with child care services rendered off campus. These funds are provided annually by the state of North Carolina, and funding is therefore subject to annual state budgeting. To be eligible, the student must be approved for federal financial aid, having submitted a FAFSA. The student must have unmet need of greater than $1,000, be taking 12 or more credits, with at least 9 credits taken on campus and be in good academic standing with a GPA of at least 2.5. For further information, call 828-398-7143 

College Closing or Delayed Opening. The College will either be closed or opened on a delayed schedule when inclement weather conditions warrant such a decision. (See Student Handbook for Inclement Weather Procedures at abtech.edu/student-handbook.) Closing or delaying announcements are placed on the switchboard automated attendant, on the A-B Tech website at abtech.edu, and will be made on Asheville radio and television stations and some surrounding community radio stations. Separate decisions and announcements are made for the day and evening programs. 

College Events. For an updated list of College sponsored activities and events, please click on the calendar link on the College website, abtech.edu.

Culinary Arts. The Culinary Arts, Baking and Pastry Arts, and Hospitality Management students offer lunch and dinner service on most Thursdays during fall and spring semesters. Service is provided in the dining rooms of the Magnolia and Fernihurst Buildings on the A-B Tech Asheville Campus. For more information, email reservations@abtech.edu

Dental Clinic.A-B Tech Allied Dental Clinic offers great savings on dental treatment. The services provided are routine dental cleaning, periodontal (deep) cleaning fluoride treatments, sealants and digital dental radiographs. The clinic is by appointment only and they accept cash, check and cards. For additional information you may call 828-398-7255 or email dental@abtech.edu 

Honorary Societies. The College is proud to sponsor the Alpha Upsilon Eta Chapter of Phi Theta Kappa Academic Honor Society. Membership is open to any student who has a 3.5 GPA after 12 credits of completed work. 

Intramurals. A-B Tech offers a wide variety of intramural activities that are open to student or employee participation. Check the calendar portion of the student handbook for a listing of intramural activities. Students can sign up for these activities in the gymnasium of the Coman Student Activity Center. For more information, visit abtech.edu/sports.

Health Clinic. The clinic provides examinations by a licensed physician assistant/nurse practitioner. Student fees are $10 per visit. Services include, but are not limited to, treatment for aches, blood pressure evaluations, prescriptions, minor emergencies, medical questions, common cold, flu and virus care. For more information call 828-398-7570 or email healthclinic@abtech.edu. Students may be seen as a ‘walk-in’ patient in the Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development (AHWD) in room 115.17. 

Don C. Locke Library. The Don C. Locke Library is the academic center of campus, providing resources to support all academic programs offered on-campus, at our extended campuses, and online. The Library offers a wide variety of materials including books, e-books, periodicals, and online databases for student and faculty research. DVDs and audiobooks are also available for checkout. 

Computers located on the main floor of the library are available on a first-come, first-served basis for students’ research and class assignment use. The open computer lab is located on the lower floor of the Locke Library. The Library provides wireless internet access. Laptop computers may be borrowed from the circulation desk for three hours of use. A limited number of laptops are available for home use. 

A Librarian is available at all times the Library is open to provide research guidance. Instructors may schedule a Librarian led instruction session. The Library offers comfortable seating, quiet study areas, and group study rooms. Information about Library services is available at the circulation desk or by calling 828-398-7301.

Library Hours

Monday-Thursday:  7:30 a.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Friday:  7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday-Sunday:  Closed

Mountain Tech Spa. The Mountain Tech Spa is an on-campus spa facility, located in the Birch Building, providing practical experience for Cosmetology, Esthetics Technology, Manicuring/Nail Technology, and Cosmetology Instructor students under the direction of College faculty. For more information or to schedule an appointment, email spa@abtech.edu or call (828) 398-7670. 

Parking Locations and Shuttle Service. Parking is provided at various locations around campus. Refer to the campus map located in this catalog for specific sites. Students with disabilities are provided parking at all locations. Parking areas are lighted during evening hours. Spaces marked with yellow lines are reserved for faculty, staff, disabled persons, and visitors. White lined spaces are reserved for students. A shuttle service is provided for students who park in remote lots, during the first few weeks of fall and spring semesters. After evaluating ridership and traffic flow, the shuttle service may be changed. Shuttle routes and schedules can be found by calling 828-398-7654 

Placement Service. No reputable college can guarantee jobs for graduates. However, the College will assist students and alumni in every possible way to obtain suitable employment. Applied Science department chairs are particularly helpful with placing their program graduates. Career Development Services maintains an online Job Board where employers may post openings and where students/alumni may post their resumes. 

Small Business Center. The Small Business Center supports the development of new business and the growth of existing businesses by being a community based provider of training, counseling, and resource information. Confidential counseling services and access to resource libraries are free of charge as are the majority of seminar offerings. 

Student Business Incubation. Students with an entrepreneurial spirit may apply for the student incubation program managed by the Small Business Center. The program is designed to provide a nurturing environment for students to develop and grow their own businesses. They receive guidance toward becoming sustainable and contributing members of a strong economic community. The 12-month extracurricular program is located at A-B Tech’s Enka site and is open to all students. More information can be found at abtech.edu/sbc.

Student Clubs and Societies. A-B Tech has more than 20 clubs and societies. Students can access a full list of clubs and societies on the College website, abtech.edu/student-organizations.

Student Lounge. A Café and lounge space are located in the Coman Student Activity Center. The Café offers a full selection of breakfast and lunch options including a salad bar, grill, coffee, juices, etc. 

Student Housing. Students are responsible for their own living accommodations. A-B Tech neither approves nor maintains housing facilities. Students who are looking for housing or roommates may check bulletin boards in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center or the Coman Student Activity Center. 

Study Abroad Program. A-B Tech occasionally sponsors both curriculum and continuing education study abroad opportunities for students. Students who want to participate must be enrolled in the College, register for the study abroad course, and purchase health and accident insurance valid outside of the United States. Students who successfully complete the study abroad activity and the course requirements will receive course credit. 

Vet Connections Café. The Vet Cafe in Ferguson Auditorium building is a place for veterans attending the College to come to take a break, network with other veterans, study and receive support from volunteers.