Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College

Asheville Buncombe Technical Community College

Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College, also referred to as A-B Tech, is a co-educational, public, community college located in Asheville, North Carolina, United States. It was established in 1959. The College has a yearly curriculum enrollment of approximately 9,000. It is one of the largest institutions belonging to the North Carolina Community College System. A-B Tech offers over 50 curriculum programs, degrees, diplomas, and certificates to its students.

A-B Tech has the following educational departments:

  • Allied Health & Public Service
  • Arts & Sciences
  • Business & Hospitality Education
  • Engineering & Applied Technology
  • Learning Resources

A-B Tech has a social club for international students called the International Student Association (ISA). The social club makes college life enjoyable for international students because it organizes various activities such as cookouts, picnics, and bowling nights. International students are encouraged to join, although any student can become a member.

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Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College
340 Victoria Rd
Asheville , NC 28801-4897
General Phone: (828) 254-1921

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Asheville Buncombe Programs and Degrees (2008-2009)

General CategoryDegreesMost Common Majors [see all]
Liberal Arts204liberal arts and sciences, general studies
Nursing and Emergency Medicine124EMT paramedic, registered nursing, licensed practical nurse
Medical Support and Technology123dental assistant, dental hygienist, veterinary assistant, surgical tech, sonography and ultrasound tech, radiographer, medical lab tech, phlebotomy
Security and Law Enforcement68criminal justice and safety, criminal justice and police, fire protection tech
Engineering Technician57civil engineering tech, electronics tech, mechanical engineering tech, surveying tech, computer engineering tech, CAD and design, drafting and design tech
Mechanics and Repair44HVAC, automobile mechanics, diesel mechanics
Business and Management42business management, accounting, human resources, marketing
Family and Social Work36foodservice management, child development
Computer Science and Engineering34information technology, information science, computer and media applications, computer networking, computer security
Medical Administration32medical office management, medical transcription
Cooking and Culinary Arts28pastry, chef training
Education and Teaching24elementary school teaching, early childhood education
Production Trades19machine shop assistant, welding
Construction Trades11carpentry, electrician, property management
Therapy and Counseling9clinical social work
Office and Administration8office management
Hospitality6hotel management
Science and Laboratory Technician2biology tech
Real Estate and Construction Management0real estate

Number of programs and degrees for Asheville Buncombe in 2008-2009:

Degree LevelTotal
Number of
Award of less than 1 academic year16424
Associate's degree57543
Award of at least 1 but less than 2 academic years13216

Asheville Buncombe Student Body

In 2007-2008, Asheville Buncombe had a total enrollment of 6,408 students (5,449 full-time equivalent).

Students By Class:

Group Percent
Undergraduate 100%

Racial Diversity:

Race Percent
White 87%
Black 6%
Hispanic 2%
Asian 1%
American Indian 1%
Unknown 4%
(Foreign Students) 0%

Students by Age:

Age Percent
Under 18 7%
18-19 18%
20-21 16%
22-24 14%
25-29 16%
30-34 9%
35-39 7%
40-49 9%
50-64 5%
65+ 0%

Asheville Buncombe Graduation, Retention, and Transfers

Retention Rates (2007):

Group Returning From
Previous Year
Full-Time 55 %
Part-Time 45 %

Asheville Buncombe Room and Board (2007)

The school does not offer campus housing.

(Please refer to our profile of Asheville, North Carolina for details about the area surrounding the campus. Also see our list of other North Carolina Colleges).

The school does not offer students a meal plan.

Asheville Buncombe Expenses and Financial Aid (2008-2009)

Expenses and Financial Aid:

Expense Amount
In-state tuition and fees $ 1,063
Out-of-state tuition and fees $ 5,654
Books and supplies $ 980

Financial Aid:
Asheville Buncombe participates in Federal Title IV financial aid programs. (The school's OPE ID is 403300)

Asheville Buncombe Faculty

Tenure Status of Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelMenWomen
Non-tenured and not on tenure track7397

Salaries for full-time faculty:

Full-Time Faculty (2008-2009):

Full-Time Faculty LevelContract LengthNumber MenAvg Salary MenNumber WomenAvg Salary Women
Instructoracademic year73$46,25497$47,031
All faculty totalacademic year73$46,25497$47,031

*: salaries are not displayed where there are fewer than 3 professors in the category.

Asheville Buncombe Degree Programs (2007)

Business And Management
Business Administration and Management, General
Human Resources Management/Personnel Administration, General
Marketing/Marketing Management, General

Computer Science And Engineering
Computer Software and Media Applications, Other
Computer Systems Networking and Telecommunications
Computer and Information Systems Security
Information Science/Studies
Information Technology

Construction Trades
Building/Property Maintenance and Management

Cooking And Culinary Arts
Baking and Pastry Arts/Baker/Pastry Chef
Culinary Arts/Chef Training

Education And Teaching
Early Childhood Education and Teaching
Elementary Education and Teaching

Engineering Technician
CAD/CADD Drafting and/or Design Technology/Technician
Civil Engineering Technology/Technician
Computer Engineering Technology/Technician
Drafting/Design Engineering Technologies/Technicians, Other
Electrical/Electronic/Communications Engr Technology/Technician
Mechanical Engineering/Mechanical Technology/Technician
Surveying Technology/Surveying

Family And Social Work
Child Development
Foodservice Systems Administration/Management

Hotel/Motel Administration/Management

Liberal Arts
General Studies
Liberal Arts and Sciences/Liberal Studies

Mechanics And Repair
Automobile/Automotive Mechanics Technology/Technician
Diesel Mechanics Technology/Technician
Heating/AC/Ventilation/Refrig Maint Technology/Technician

Medical Administration
Medical Office Management/Administration
Medical Transcription/Transcriptionist

Medical Support And Technology
Clinical/Medical Laboratory Technician
Dental Assisting/Assistant
Dental Hygiene/Hygienist
Diagnostic Medical Sonography/Sonographer & Ultrasound Technician
Radiologic Technology/Science - Radiographer
Surgical Technology/Technologist
Veterinary/Animal Health Technology/Technician/Veterinary Assistant

Nursing And Emergency Medicine
Emergency Medical Technology/Technician (EMT Paramedic)
Licensed Practical/Vocational Nurse Training
Nursing/Registered Nurse (RN, ASN, BSN, MSN)

Office And Administration
Office Management and Supervision

Production Trades
Machine Shop Technology/Assistant
Welding Technology/Welder

Real Estate And Construction Management
Real Estate

Science And Laboratory Technician
Biology Technician/Biotechnology Laboratory Technician

Security And Law Enforcement
Criminal Justice/Police Science
Criminal Justice/Safety Studies
Fire Protection and Safety Technology/Technician

Therapy And Counseling
Clinical/Medical Social Work

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