Other College Services and Information

Food Services

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 Monday - Thursday: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for the grill, 7 a.m. to 4 p.m. for the snack shop;  Fridays: 7 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. for both grill and snack shop. Hours may vary.

Vending machines dispensing soft drinks, coffee, and snacks can be found at various locations around campus. Snacks and beverages are also offered for sale at the A-B Tech Bookstore in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services building. 

The Culinary Arts and Hospitality students offer dining experiences on most Thursdays during fall and spring semesters. These lunches and dinners are held in the dining rooms of the Magnolia and Fernihurst Buildings on the A-B Tech Asheville Campus. To be on the mailing list, call 398-7244. 


The Bookstore is located in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building, providing all needed course materials for curriculum and continuing education classes. 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.

The Bookstore also sells classroom supplies, art supplies, and College apparel. In addition, the Bookstore has a convenience store featuring cold drinks, snacks, and candy.

To order a cap and gown for graduation, visit the Bookstore and see an associate to find the correct gown size by height.  Most sizes are always in stock.

Regular Store Hours:

Monday - Thursday:    

9:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.






Campus 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 828-279-3166 

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 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 https://www.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, https://www.abtech.edu/calendar

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 accepts cash, check and cards. For additional information,  call 828-398-7255 or email kpruett@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. Eligible students are welcome to seek more information from the Phi Theta Kappa faculty advisor.


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 https://www.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. – 8:00 p.m.

Friday 7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.

Saturday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

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 and Manicuring/Nail Technology 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 https://www.abtech.edu/sbc.

Student Clubs and Societies

A-B Tech has more than 20 clubs and societies of all varieties. Students can access a full list of clubs and societies here: abtech.edu/student-organizations

Student Lounge

A Cafe and lounge space are located in the Coman Student Activity Center. The Cafe offers a full selection of breakfast and lunch options including a salad bar, grill, coffee, juices, etc. Wireless internet access is available throughout the Coman Student Activity Center. The offices of the Student Government Association and Student Life and Development department are also located within the facility.

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 Cafe

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