Services, Perks, and Bargains

As an A-B Tech student, you have a number of services, perks, and bargains at your fingertips.



Personal Counseling – Free to Current Students

Do you have test-taking anxiety? Having problems juggling home and school? Need to talk with someone regarding how to effectively communicate with your instructor, friends, or family? A-B Tech provides free, confidential counseling and related services for students through the Counseling Center located in the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Center. Students are encouraged to use counseling services at any time if they have personal, academic, or career concerns. The professional counseling staff, after an initial assessment, will refer students who need specialized or long-term services to appropriate resources within the community. For more information, visit the Personal Counseling web page.

Career Development Services – Free to Current Students

Thinking of changing your major? Need to declare a major? Not sure what you want to do when you finish school? Career Development Services provides assistance to current and enrolling A-B Tech curriculum students in choosing a major, making career decisions, developing their educational plans to meet their career goals, and preparing for employment. For more information and to make an appointment, please refer to the Career Development Services web pages.

Temporary Accommodations – Free to Current Students

Broke your arm and can't take notes? A-B Tech's Support Services office is available for temporary accommodation help. Please contact Support Services at (828) 398-7581 or for more information.



Student Business Incubator Program

The Student Business Incubator Program is a 12-month extracurricular activity designed to provide a nurturing, supportive environment to A-B Tech students who want to start their own businesses and guide them toward becoming sustainable, contributing members of a strong economic community. Any A-B Tech student who is carrying a minimum of six semester hours, and will continue to do so for the duration of the program may apply. Students interested in participating in this program must submit an application and go through a selection process where they are expected to interview and present a preliminary business plan. Up to five student-run businesses are admitted at a time, through a rolling admission process (no deadline) each year. Applications for the Student Business Incubator Program are accepted at any time.

For more information about the Student Business Incubator Program, visit Program Information, or contact Duane Adams, Associate Director, (828) 398-7951,

Fitness Center

A-B Tech is proud to offer its students and employees free access to the weight room, cardiovascular machines, and gymnasium basketball courts during posted hours. Proper attire must be worn in order to use the gymnasium and workout equipment. Users gain access by signing in and leaving their A-B Tech ID with the Student Worker before working out. Please refer to the Open Gym Hours web page for this semester's schedule.

Campus Fitness Trails

Feel like a walk? Great day for a run? We have outlined trails around campus for One Mile and Two Mile loops.

Discounted Monthly Bus Passes

Currently enrolled students (Curriculum, Continuing Education, and GED) can purchase a one-month Asheville Transit pass for $10. A regular one-month Asheville Transit pass is $20 if purchased from the Transit Center. Bus passes are usually available for the month on the last day of the previous month or the first day of the current month.

Currently enrolled Curriculum students may purchase one pass per month in the Cashier's office in the Roberson Building at 93 Victoria Rd. (A-B Tech Student ID required).

Continuing Education students may purchase one pass per month in the AHWD Building at 10 Genevieve Circle, Asheville, NC 28801.

Transitional Studies students may also purchase one pass per month but must first request a bus pass slip at the Hemlock Building.

Purchase Bus Pass with Financial Aid

Students who have already been awarded financial aid for the current semester can use their financial aid funds to purchase discounted bus passes in the Campus Bookstore. This can only be done on specified dates during the semester.

You can use financial aid in the Bookstore to buy non-textbook course materials, such as notepads, calculators, discounted bus passes, etc. When ordering books online with financial aid, only textbooks can be ordered.

Local Discounts for Students and Staff

Many local restaurants, services, arts, and entertainment venues, and retail stores offer discounts to A-B Tech students and staff. Check with your favorite spots around town to see if they offer student discounts.



A-B Tech Dental Teaching Clinic

Visit the Dental Teaching Clinic for great savings on preventative dental treatment, with inexpensive cleanings, x-rays, and sealants. All visits are by appointment only. For more information, contact the clinic at (828) 398-7255 or

A-B Tech Health Clinic

A-B Tech has a very low-cost, on-campus student/employee health clinic located in the new Ferguson Center for Allied Health and Workforce Development building on the Asheville campus. Students (18 years of age or older) and employees may be seen at the clinic. The clinic is open from 1 to 5 p.m. Tuesdays throughout the semester. For more information, visit Health Clinic for Students and Employees, or contact (828) 398-7570 or

A-B Tech Spa

Visit the A-B Tech spa to receive discounted Cosmetology, Esthetics, and Manicuring services. For more information, a current price list, and spa hours and to make an appointment, email or call (828) 398-7670.

A-B Tech Culinary Lunches, Dinners, and Street Food

Enjoy a dining experience beyond your expectations. In the fall and spring semesters, our hospitality program showcases the most attentive service paired with the finest foods prepared by an award-winning culinary arts program. To receive emails with our schedule and menus, please email

To view a complete list of campus dining options, visit Dining Options (Victoria Rd Campus).