College Services

A-B Tech Café. The Café 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 Café and are normally from 7 a.m. to 6 p.m. Monday - Thursday and 7 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Fridays. Hours may vary. Vending machines dispensing soft drinks, coffee, and snacks can be found at various locations around campus.

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.

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.

Campus Police and Security. Police and Security personnel are on duty 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Each officer is certified to respond to medical emergencies. 

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, be on campus a minimum of four days per week, and be in good academic standing.

Also on campus is a child care facility operated by A-B Tech for the general public as well as students and staff. Admission to the facility is on a first-come, first-served basis. For further information, call 255-5111.

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 Closing or delaying announcements are placed on the switchboard automated attendant, on the A-B Tech website at, 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.

Dental Clinic. Throughout the year, the Allied Dental Department provides oral health services, such as patient education, dental X-rays, cleaning of teeth, nutritional counseling, and sealants. During spring and summer semesters, limited dental services such as fillings, crowns and partial dentures are also available. A nominal fee is charged for these services. Call the Allied Dental Clinic, 398-7255, for an appointment and approximate charges for services.

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.

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

Holly Library. Holly Library has books, journals, DVDs and audio books to check out, and databases and e-books to help with research. Computers are located on both levels and laptops can be checked out for in-building use. The Library is wireless and offers comfortable seating, quiet study areas and group study rooms. For more information, call the library circulation desk at 398-7301.


Library Hours


7:30 a.m. – 8:00 p.m.


7:30 a.m. – 5:00 p.m.


9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Mountain Tech Spa, an on-campus spa facility, located in the Birch Building, provides practical experience for Cosmetology, Esthetics Technology, Manicuring/Nail Technology and Therapeutic Massage students under the direction of College faculty.

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 or discontinued. Additional information is available by calling 828-398-7900

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 résumés.

Service-Learning Center. Provides staffing to coordinate class-based projects with community service activities for curriculum classes that require or encourage service-learning as part of the educational experience. The Service-Learning Center is located in Holly Library, Room 129; Phone: 398-7573.

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 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

Student Lounge. A student lounge is located in the Coman Student Activity Center for those students with spare time who wish to socialize. Wireless internet access is available as well as a community resource area.

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 study abroad opportunities for students. Students who want to participate must be enrolled in the College, must register for the study abroad course, and must purchase health and accident insurance that is valid outside of the United States. Students who successfully complete the study abroad activity and the course requirements will receive course credit.