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A-B Tech has many short-term training options designed to help students get started in a new career quickly. Instead of training in terms of years, these classes operate in terms of months or weeks. Are you ready for your new career? Completing short-term training courses at A-B Tech can prepare students for higher paying jobs. New skills lead to career advancement, higher salaries, and new jobs!  

Many A-B Tech students have started great careers after successfully completing their short-term training program or programs.  For example, A-B Tech has students in the work community right now who have completed at least one of our short-term Advanced Manufacturing programs working at BorgWarner, Reich, Advanced SuperAbrasives (ASI), Linamar, Baldor and GE Aviation to name a few.  Most of these students were able to graduate with little, in many cases no experience and start work at $15 an hour an above. Placements through other programs include companies like Mission Hospital, Care Partners, Asheville Eye Associates, Biltmore Estate, Omni Grove Park Inn, and French Broad Adventures. 

Explore our options and find the path that's right for you.

Advanced Manufacturing


WNC’s manufacturing sector is still booming and it provides some of the higher paying jobs in the area with the best benefits. Many individuals with a high school diploma and short term training, or just good mechanical ability, can expect to be making $15 - $20 an hour within 5 years of taking a job in the manufacturing industry. 5 to 15-week classes start in January.

Machining Fundamentals

Industrial Maintenance Academy

Creating with Aerospace Composites

CNC Machining 101

Manufacturing Boot Camp

Skilled Trades

For those who like to work with their hands, our skilled trade classes provide training to hone your skills and turn them into a career. Right now, there are many jobs in the trades going unfilled due to the retirement of Baby Boomer generation and the lack of new workers with the right skills. In this area as well, you can make around $15-$20 an hour. 



Medical Office

The Healthcare field has such a wide variety of job opportunities. From working directly with patients to office positions, there's something for everyone. In this vein, our training is also varied to better serve the needs of our students.  

Personal Care Aide

Electronic Health Records

Nurse Aide

Clinical Massage

Business and Hospitality

With Asheville's tourism industry, is it any wonder that business and hospitality positions are in demand? Whether you're more comfortable behind a desk or the great outdoors, there are opportunities for a fun and exciting career waiting for you.  

Office Professional Certification

Whitewater and Zipline Guide Training

Whitewater Rafting


Learn from the comfort of your own home with our flexible online options. While we have over 200 online classes that can help you build skills or explore careers, there are a few that also prepare you to sit for nationally recognized certifications. 

CompTIA certifications

Administrative Assistant 

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