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About The Foundation


The A-B Tech Foundation, housed within the Office of College Advancement, supports Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College in all of its programs and activities to ensure that quality educational opportunities are available to its students, faculty and staff.



The A-B Tech Foundation Supports students, faculty and staff success by providing financial support when other funds and resources are not necessarily available.

  • Scholarships

  • Lavender Fund - Supporting Single Parents

  • Student Emergency Funds

  • Mini Grants Supporting Professional Development

  • Areas of Greatest Need



We strive to strengthen educational opportunities for our students by providing up-to-date facilities and equipment to ensure high quality instruction in each of our programs.

  • Renovation and Expansion

  • Providing Industry Standard Technology and Equipment



We collaborate with area businesses, alumni and community members to create bridges of success for students.

  • In-Kind Donations

  • Event Sponsorships

  • Student Mentoring

  • Volunteer Programs Support


This past year the Foundation awarded 426 scholarships totaling over $500,000.  


For More Information


The A-B Tech Foundation, housed within the Office of College Advancement, is a 501(c)(3) organization.
All donations to the Foundation are tax deductible as allowed by law. The Foundation has assets totaling over $7.5 million.


Board of Directors

Shelia Elingburg

Board Chair 2019

Owner, Downing Place Management, LLC


Zane Adams

Co-CEO, Buchi


K. Ray Bailey

President Emeritus, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Vickie Banks

VP of Human Resources, The Biltmore Company

Yolanda Bopp

Joe Brumit

Brumit Restaurant Group

Annette Coleman

Retired, Vice President, Bank of America

Tonya Dalton

Owner, Inkwell Press

Jerrell, "J." Deaver Jr.

Senior Vice President, First Citizens Bank

Jack R. Ferguson

Retired, Lowe’s

Gary Foss

GFoss Consulting LLC

Charles Frederick

Market President, Western North Carolina, TD Bank

Tate Groome

Vice President, Colton Groome and Company

Richard B. Hurley

Retired, Square D Company

Pat Jackson

Controller, Ingles Market, Inc.

Dr. Dennis King

President, Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

Michael Kryzanek

Past Board Chair (2015)

Real Property Appraiser, NC Dept. of Transportation/Right of Way/Appraisal Section

Commercial Real Estate Appraiser, Kryzanek Appraisal Services

David McCartney

General Manager, Hotel Arras

Anita Metcalf

Retired, A-B Tech Foundation

Robin Ramsey

Western Field Representative, Office of Senator Richard Burr

Lary Schulhof

Retired, Physician

O'Neal Shelton

Owner, Your Source

Oralene Simmons

Steven W. Sizemore

Attorney, Sizemore McGee, PLLC

Ann Skoglund

Broker, Beverly-Hanks & Associates

Ron Storto

Vice President of Hospitality, Biltmore Farms

Jared Wheatley

Dirk Wilmouth

VP/CFO, A-B Tech

Patricia Wood

Vice President, Budweiser of Asheville, Inc.

Chris Young

Past Board Chair (2016-2017)

Clean Environments

Board Emeritus Members:


Kay Crews

Board Emeritus

John Ellis

Board Emeritus

Nancy B. Miller

Board Emeritus

Ray Spells

Board Emeritus

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