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A-B Tech South Launches Customer Service Academy

Monday, June 24th, 2013

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech South, A-B Tech Community College’s newest campus located in Arden, is gearing up to meet local businesses’ needs by hosting a new certificate in Customer Service.

The creation of the Customer Service Academy is in direct response to an online survey A-B Tech South administered earlier this spring. “It’s important that as a community college we respond to the community’s needs. The new Customer Service Academy is what our local businesses told us they wanted. The employees who attend this new program will learn how to better serve and keep customers,” said Jason Fair, A-B Tech South Coordinator.

The Customer Service Certificate Program will be available this fall and classes will run from September through December.  Classes will be held at both the A-B Tech South and Enka sites.  Students will choose three out of six courses to complete the program.

Topics of the classes include Customer Service Skills, The Art of Motivation, Conflict Management, the Foundation to Exceptional Customer Service, Public Speaking, and Values and Ethics.  For more information contact Fair at 398-7716.


Free Presentation on Medical Tourism in Asheville

Monday, February 13th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – The A-B Tech Social Science department will present a free program on Medical Tourism at 2 p.m. Feb. 21 in Ferguson 121 on the College’s Asheville campus.

A-B Tech Instructor April Birchfield will give the presentation. “Medical tourism, combining the elements of a vacation with medical treatment, is not a new popular culture craze,” she said. “The practice has been around since the ancient Sumerian period, and in the late 19th and early 20th centuries Western North Carolina was a center of the industry.”

The presentation will discuss the development of medical tourism in Asheville and the surrounding area with regards to the geothermal and mineral springs, tuberculosis sanatoria, and hay fever hotels.

Discover More About Our Climate at A-B Tech

Wednesday, January 25th, 2012

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s Institute for Climate Education is offering a series of winter non-credit Continuing Education classes on subjects ranging from weather lore to the history of meteorology.

“Weather Lore MythBusters” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. March 3 on the College’s Asheville campus and will investigate popular sayings that have been used for centuries to help forecast coming weather events.

“There is a vast collection of proverbs and rhymes that have been passed from generation to generation to guide farmers, sailors, herdsman and others on how to predict the weather,” said Pamela McCown, Coordinator of the Institute for Climate Education. “We’ll put weather lore to the test, covering how some of the popular sayings started, and if they are a real indication of what to expect in the near future.”

“Mountain Weather and Climate” will focus on Western North Carolina’s microclimates. Students will learn about the major weather patterns that influence the region, as well as how the mountains impact the weather in specific locations causing microclimates. The class will also recap historic and extreme weather events including the 1993 blizzard and winters of 2009 and 2010. The course is offered from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 16, 23 and March 1.

Other courses offered this winter include Aviation Weather Safety and History of Meteorology, Weather Lore and How the Weather Has Affected Historical Events. Visit the Institute’s webpage for more information.

Documentary on Autism to be Shown at AB-Tech

Monday, October 24th, 2011

ASHEVILLE NC – A-B Tech’s chapter of Phi Theta Kappa is sponsoring a screening of “Neurotypical,” a documentary about autism from the perspective of autistics, at 6:30 p.m. Nov. 30 in Ferguson Auditorium on the College’s Asheville campus. A panel discussion will follow the film.

General admission is $5 at the door and free for students with an A-B Tech ID card. Proceeds will benefit the Asheville TEACCH Center scholarship fund. The TEACCH center serves individuals with autism in Western North Carolina.

Learn the Business of Growing Hops

Thursday, April 7th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The BioNetwork BioBusiness Center at A-B Tech is sponsoring a business series for prospective, beginning and intermediate hops growers from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. April 14 and from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. April 15 at the College’s Madison site.

Topics covered include the economics of the hop yard, a step-by-step guide to the seasonal processes of hop cultivation, nutrient management programs and the perspective of a local brewer addressing industry processes, quality needs and concerns. Following the close of class on April 15, there will be an optional brewery tour from 3:30 to 5 p.m.

Register online at hops.eventbrite.com. The class fee is $25. For more information, call 649-2947 or 254-1921, ext. 7700.

Folkmoot USA Returns to AB Tech Campus

Thursday, June 24th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – Folkmoot USA, North Carolina’s official international festival, will perform at A-B Tech at 7:30 p.m., Monday, July 26 in Ferguson Auditorium on the Asheville campus.

In its 27th year, Folkmoot is a two-week celebration of the world’s cultural heritage through folk music and dance. It features performances, parades and workshops by more than 350 performers. The 2010 performers are from Russia, India, Latvia, the United Kingdom, France, Switzerland, Jordan, Turkey, Poland and Portugal. Three teams are scheduled for the A-B Tech show.

Tickets are $16 for adults, $12 for faculty and $8 for students and children under 12 and can be purchased at the A-B Tech switchboard in the Simpson Building, on the Folkmoot website, folkmootusa.org or at the door.

Asheville Based FLS Energy to Install Solar Panals at AB Tech

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech has entered into an agreement with FLS Energy, Inc., to have 39 thermal collectors installed on four campus buildings to provide hot water heated by solar energy.

Funded by a U.S. Department of Energy appropriation from 2008 secured by U.S. Rep. Heath Shuler, the College’s Global Institute for Sustainability Technology project will provide 1,885 gallons of hot water a day. The panels will be installed starting later in the spring and the installation should be complete by the end of the year.

FLS Energy, a solar energy generation company based in Asheville, will own, maintain, and operate the solar thermal systems throughout the 10-year lease agreement. FLS Energy will then sell the energy used to heat the water back to the College at approximately one-half the current rate paid for natural gas. The total potential savings is about $22,000 over the next 10 years.

Bill Bondurant, project developer for FLS Energy, collaborated with members of A-B Tech’s leadership team, including Max Queen, vice president of Risk Management and Operations; Richard Mauney, executive vice president of Finance and Information Systems Technology and Vernon Daugherty, dean of Engineering and Applied Technology, to determine the College’s needs.

“It’s been a long process, but we have had lots of support. The bidding started in September of 2009 and our Board of Trustees approved the project in February,” Queen said.

An assessment found that the Magnolia Building, housing the culinary program, and the Birch Building, housing cosmetology programs, were the largest consumers of hot water. They will receive 26 and seven thermal collectors, respectively. Fernihurst, with its culinary kitchen, and Blue Ridge Food Ventures at the College’s Enka site, will also have solar panels installed.

“We have installed 30 large-scale solar energy systems across the state and I am pleased to see A-B Tech taking a leadership role in sustainability and environmental impact reduction,” Bondurant said.

AB Tech Receives Grant

Monday, January 11th, 2010

ASHEVILLE , NC – A-B Tech’s Minority Male Mentoring program received a $10,000 grant from Bank of America through the College’s Foundation to fund additional support for students.

The Ribbon of Hope project builds on the findings from a Minority Male Mentoring project funded by the North Carolina Community College System Office in 2008. Dr. Joseph Fox, Business Administration chair, and Paul Knott, BioNetwork BioBusiness Center manager, developed the project and found minorities attending college often require support to fulfill their potential in curriculum programs.

“We will be able to use the funds to pay a student worker for a computer lab for the Minority Male Mentoring program and we will be able to provide paper and toner for printing,” Fox said. “Students may not have access to the Internet and we want to provide that and tutoring by Phi Theta Kappa members.”

Funds will also be used to expose the students to community events, such as the Martin Luther King Jr. annual breakfast. Professional development and career development activities are also planned.

“We were so happy to be able to give the grant to this wonderful project here at A-B Tech,” said Sabrina Miller, N.C. Market President, West Region & Consumer Market Executive – Mountain Market, Bank of America. Miller also sits on the College’s Foundation Board.