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Volunteer Opportunities

Volunteers play a key role in several activities here on campus, including acting as tutors and mentors supporting student success, special events, and performing administrative tasks, just to name a few. Whatever your expertise, we can use your skills! For more information on these and other opportunities to volunteer at A-B Tech, contact Patti Cameron, Campus Volunteer Coordinator at 828-398-7761 or volunteer@abtech.edu

 

Admin Heroes Needed!

Working behind the scenes administrative volunteers are invaluable to keeping the College running smoothly by granting staff the time to focus on student support and education. Opportunities are available in numerous departments and include data entry, filing, scanning, reception, answering phones, and administrative projects. This is a great opportunity for anyone who likes to create order and efficiencies, works independently and would like to learn new skills.  Times: Volunteer schedules vary, and depend on the needs of the department, but are typically 2-3 hours during regular business hours. Locations: Opportunity are available on our main campus, A-B Tech South and Madison site.

Current Administrative Needs

A-B Tech South located on Airport Road is in need of a detail orientated, computer literate and customer friendly volunteers to help with a variety of administrative tasks at our A-B Tech South site. Times:  Flexible shifts are available Mon-Friday.

    Help GED Students Succeed.  Administrative volunteers are desperately needed in our Department of Transitional Studies (DOTS), which oversees Adult Basic Education, High School Equivalency (ABE/HSE), English Language Acquisition, Adult Basic Education Foundation. Volunteers can assist with a number of administrative needs from data-entry to working at the front desk greeting students and special projects. Times:  Flexible shifts are available Mon-Friday.  Location: Main Campus

    Support Women in STEM. A-B Tech administers a grant from the National Science Foundation to fund research, development, and implementation of strategies for recruiting and retaining women in STEM majors at A-B Tech and for several other regional Community Colleges. Administrative assistance is needed to support this program. Duties include helping to prepare packets for Innovative Expo and Focus on the Classroom events; preparing information for Grant presentations (packets, copies, etc.); compiling results from surveys; file and organize as needed. Times: Flexible shifts are available Mon-Friday. Location: Main Campus

    Help Madison County Career Center. The Madison County Career Center provides employment and training services to residents of Madison County, assists employers with job postings and other employer needs. Volunteers are needed who can provide receptionist and administrative support. Duties include greeting customers and assisting them with the NCWorks database, including uploading cover letters, resumes, and completing online applications.  Volunteers can also assist with up-dating current job opportunities. Times: Volunteers are 2-4 hours one day a week with preferences on Wednesday and Fridays. Location: Marshall, NC

    Radiology Department: Radiography Program prepares entry-level radiographers in the knowledge, skills, and behaviors needed to be successful in the health care industry located in Western North Carolina. Volunteers are needed for administrative tasks such as filing, shredding, data entry. Times: 2-4 hours once a week, times are flexible. Location: Main Campus- Allied Health Building

         

        Academic Note-Taker

        Student Support Services, at A-B Tech, provides access to note-taking accommodations for students with documented disabilities, such as mobility impairment, learning disabilities, dyslexia, blind/low vision, deaf/hard of hearing, or individuals with PTSD or chronic illness. Most students with a disability are able to attend class regularly, however their disability may interfere their ability to take notes. They may not be able to take their own notes because they may have to watch a sign language interpreter closely, they may have low vision or have very limited use of their hands, or they may have difficulty listening and writing at the same time. Some students with a disability may miss class sometimes due to illness, hospitalizations, or to attend therapy or medical appointments. Notes provided by a volunteer note-taker help these students fill-in the gaps in their own notes, or provide notes for those unable to take their own notes due to a variety of reasons. If you are a good note-taker, you may use your skill to provide a valuable service to the campus community. As a volunteer note-taker, you are making a commitment to assist A-B Tech in meeting its obligations and more importantly making a commitment to the student for whom you are taking notes. These notes will help give a A-B Tech Student the opportunity to achieve academic success. Times:  Various on students need. Volunteers are most needed during the academic year from mid-August through mid-May. Locations: Opportunity are available on our main campus, A-B Tech South and Madison site.

         

        Academic Testing Scribe

        Help students overcome barriers to success by becoming a Scribe. There are times when a student is unable to complete an exam/test due to a disability. A scribe would write down verbatim what students say for exam/testing purposes.  Readers would read the test questions aloud to the student. There are times the same person would complete both tasks during an exam/test. This is a good opportunity for a volunteer who loves being in the classroom and has an affinity for working with individuals who have a disability. Skills: Good, legible penmanship. Clear speaking voice, with appropriate inflection. Times:  Dependent on student's need. Volunteers are most needed during the academic year from mid-August through mid-May. Locations: Opportunity is available on our main campus, A-B Tech South and Madison site.

         

        Asheville Radio Museum- Docent

        Are you enthusiastic about communications history? Excited by the constant evolution of technology? Why not share those feelings with others by joining our museum as a docent? The Asheville Radio Museum, located on the main campus of A-B Tech Community College, traces the history of radio from the early days of spark gap transmitters through the 1960's. Many displays are hands-on and kid-friendly. The one-room museum also includes an operating amateur radio station, W4AFM. If you enjoy meeting new people, telling stories about historic inventions and educating the public on how technology has changed our lives, consider becoming a docent. As a docent, you will take museum visitors on a tour through our display timeline, explaining who developed the technology and how it changed the way, we live. You need not be an expert on the subject we well give you the training you need to deliver a meaningful, entertaining and informative tour. The museum is a wonderful opportunity for volunteers who have an interest and experience in radios (Commercial and Ham Radios), history and electronics. Times:  Fridays from 1- 3 p.m. Location: Room 315 of the Elm Building, A-B Tech Main Campus.

         

        Reading, Writing and Math Coach- Adult Basic Education Foundations Program

        Volunteers are requested in our Adult Basic Skills Foundation Program to assist students with developmental disabilities and/or traumatic brain injuries with their reading, writing (physical process) and math skills. Volunteers will work one-on-one with select students to help them master these skills. Volunteers need to possess patience, experience in tutoring in reading, writing and math skills for K-12, good sense of humor and the ability to draw on students strengths. Times: Once a week from 12-3 pm. Location: Hemlock building Main Campus

         

        Teach Life Skills to Developmentally Disabled Adults

        A volunteer is needed to teaching sewing skills to developmentally disabled adults through the Adult Basic Education Foundations Program of Department of Transitional Studies. The program features lessons in community living, consumer education, health, language, mathematics, social science, and vocational education. Emphasis is on helping each student become as independent as possible, primarily by improving academic, social, survival, and independent-living skills.  Volunteer are needed to help students practice how to thread a needle and make a knot. They will also learn about what size needle and thread are appropriate for specific material and buttons. This task helps with planning, life skills, and eye-hand coordination.  Times: One or two days a week on the following days and times. Monday, Tuesday, Wednesday from 10:30-11:45 am. Location: A-B Tech Main Campus

         

        Spread a Little Love with the Dog Therapy Program 

        A-B Tech Community College recognizes the positive influence that therapy dogs can have on student and staff and are currently seeking registered dog therapy teams. Good therapy dogs are calm, able to handle sudden noises and many people and can be various breeds or sizes. Not to be confused with service dogs, therapy dogs help by simply visiting and spreading kindness and providing comfort. Teams are needed to have regular routes on campus, visiting public areas, and staff offices. Team also assist with special requests such as visiting classrooms before exams or special events on campus. A-B Tech requires that all volunteers complete an application, criminal background check, provide copies of their Therapy Dog Certification and attend an new volunteer orientation session prior to starting. Location: A-B Tech Main Campus 

         

        Support Student Veterans through the Vet's Cafe

        A-B Tech recognizes that Student Veterans have unique challenges and greatly benefit from peer support and comradery as a result the Vet’s Café was created. The Café is a veteran’s only place where students can get a snack, do their homework, access computers or just hang out in a relaxed and supportive environment with other veterans.  Volunteers are the heart of the Café ensuring it runs smoothly and snacks and coffee are always in abundance. They also create and maintain a welcoming and supportive environment by ensuring noise and language are at an acceptable level, and by providing a listening ear and sharing their lie experiences with students. Some Vet’s Café volunteer even provide tutoring assistance during their shifts at the Café. Skills: Volunteers that are Veterans are preferred. Volunteers need to be good listeners, patient and have knowledge of computers. Times: Volunteer shifts are available throughout the week starting in mid-August. (Mid-August - May). Location: A-B Tech Main Campus