Frequently Asked Questions


All A-B Tech campuses have vending machines. On the Victoria Rd. campus, there is Camille's Cafe in the Coman Student Activity Center. The bookstore in the K Ray Bailey Building sells snacks, bottled drinks, and microwavable meals. And our culinary students cook up some great food most Thursdays in the fall and spring semesters. Check out Dining Options (Victoria Rd Campus) for more info.

The student activity fee goes toward a number of college services, resources, and activities. Here are some examples:

  • Fall Festival
  • Community Partnership Programs
  • Diversity Awareness Programs
  • Earth Day Celebration
  • Dean’s and President’s List Ceremonies
  • Academic Awards Ceremony
  • Commencement Activities
  • Veterans’ Events
  • Clubs – 17 co-curricular and general interest clubs and societies
  • Student Handbook and Calendar
  • Co-Curricular Outings – class trips to museums and plays
  • Student passes to the Asheville Art Museum
  • Student Membership to the Smith-McDowell House (on the A-B Tech campus)
  • New Student Orientation supplies
  • Wellness brochures around campus
  • Student Government Association Services
  • Discounted Asheville Transit Passes
  • Student Health Clinic supplies
  • Stress Relief/Exam Week treats
  • New Student Welcome Day supplies
  • And more!

Absolutely! During posted hours, students with an A-B Tech ID can use the gym, cardio, and weight rooms for free! There are also intramurals, fitness classes, a walking trail and more. Check out our Fitness Opportunities page for details.

College is more than just classes. Come get involved! Whether it's joining a student club, dancing at the Fall Festival, attending free workshops on financial empowerment, or getting inspired by a world-class leader at one of our live speaker broadcasts, there are many ways to enrich your life and be involved at A-B Tech.

Yes! A-B Tech has over 20 student clubs and societies of all varieties. If computers is your thing, check our new Computers Club. Or if Aristotle is more your speed, the Philosophers society would love to talk with you. See a full list of clubs and societies on campus as well as how to reach them at Clubs, Societies, and Student Programs.

Do you have an idea for a new student organization? We would love to hear about it! Drop by or email the Student Government office at sga@abtech.edu in the Coman Student Activity Center and we can get you on the right track!

A-B Tech is dedicated to creating a college-wide environment where everyone feels invited and included. If you are a student, we encourage you to join our LGBTQIA+ student society, Queer the Way. Email Porscha Orndorff at porscharorndorf@abtech.edu for more info.

A-B Tech also participates in a Safe Zone training program where staff and faculty can elect to be an informed resource for those who have questions or concerns relating to sexuality. Recently, the college has also designated all single-stall bathrooms on campus to be gender-neutral. A complete list of Safe Zone participants and a list of gender-neutral bathrooms is available at Safe Zone Program.

A-B Tech is dedicated to creating a college-wide environment where diversity and inclusion is important. If you are a student, we encourage you to join our student group, the Minority Student leadership Academy.

The A-B Tech Multicultural Student Leadership Association (MSLA) is a student group that is dedicated to connecting students with college resources, providing opportunities for personal and professional development, and developing a peer network of support. This program is open to all curriculum students, and its mission is to increase retention and assist students on their paths toward graduation. The group hosts monthly meetings, social events, workshops, and a variety of on and off-campus activities throughout the academic year. Please email Patricia Mathes, Student Life Coordinator at patriciaamathes@abtech.edu for more info.

Mary Albert is our veterans coordinator, and can help with any questions related to veterans' benefits. A-B Tech is also pleased to provide a safe and comfortable space on campus for our military service veterans to relax, network, and connect with resources. The Vet Cafe is located in the Ferguson Building, by way of the lobby of the Ferguson Auditorium.

Questions? Email Mary Albert at marycalbert@abtech.edu

One of A-B Tech's core values is continuous improvement. To that end, the Student Government Association serves as the voice of the students to the college administration. If you have an idea or suggestion to improve A-B Tech, come to a meeting and let us know! Our Student Government officers meet with the college executives regularly to bring up student feedback and suggestions. To learn more about the A-B Tech Student Government Association and to see this semester's meeting times and locations, see Student Government Association.