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Asheville Chefs, Educators are Star Pupils in Farm to School Programs

Monday, August 1st, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – During the 2010-2011 school year, Appalachian Sustainable Agriculture Project’s (ASAP) Growing Minds Farm to School Cooking Program reached nearly 1,400 area students with the help of educators, chefs, and community volunteers. Overwhelming interest and community participation in the organization’s recent Farm to School Cooking Conference indicates that ASAP’s program is poised to impact even more children when the school year begins. The event was held in late July on the campus of UNCA in partnership with the North Carolina Center for Health & Wellness, a new state hub for the coordination and promotion of healthy-living initiatives that will contribute to the prevention of chronic disease among all North Carolinians.

Despite a busy summer season for area chefs and much-needed down time for teachers, more than 100 cooks and educators from across WNC attended the event’s workshops aimed at readying them to prepare fresh local foods in classrooms this school year. Sessions were led by chefs and educators who were star participants in ASAP’s cooking program last year; chefs included Liz and Katie Button of Cúrate, Adam Hayes and Brian Knickrehm of the Red Stag Grill, and Becky Tillman from the Stable Café at Biltmore, along with Biltmore’s director of food and beverage, chef Brian Ross. Topics ranged from “How to Get Kids to Try (and Like!) New Foods” to “Connecting to Curriculum.” During the sessions, Asheville’s top chefs shared their recipes, stories, and tips with attendees new to cooking with children. The result? “I’m ready to cook now! Bring on the students!” one teacher-turned-student shared.

“Cooking fresh, whole food is a lost art,” says Dr. David Gardner, executive director of the N.C. Center for Health & Wellness. “This program gives kids all over Asheville and Buncombe County a new set of life skills. We’re grateful for the partnership with ASAP and their efforts to improve the health and well-being of the citizens of this region.”

To be a part of this hands-on, exciting work alongside fellow chefs, farmers, parents, and other community members during the 2011-2012 school year, contact Program Coordinator Anna Littman at 828-236-1282 ext. 113 or [email protected].

[Caption: ‘Trish Hipgrave, a student from Western Carolina University (center), and conference attendees Sara Cole (R), an early-childhood educator in Buncombe County, and Ann Hamilton (L), benefits and wellness coordinator for HomeTrust Bank, whip up local veggie sliders at ASAP’s recent Farm to School Cooking Conference in Asheville.’ Biltmore’s Vegetable Slider recipe is included below. For additional photos and information, contact Communications Coordinator Maggie Cramer at [email protected].]

Vegetable Sliders
From Chef Becky Tillman, The Stable Café at Biltmore

Makes 20-25


3 zucchini
3 squash
1 fresh tomato
1 roasted red pepper
1/2 cup onion, caramelized and diced
1 lb arugula or spinach, blanched
3 cloves garlic
3 sprigs thyme
1 bunch parsley
2 tsp lemon juice
2 carrots
Salt and pepper as needed
1-2 cups chickpea flour
3 tbs olive oil
20-25 small slider buns
20-25 tomato slices
1 lb goat cheese (optional)
1 pint quinoa
1-2 pints rolled oats
2 sprigs rosemaryMethod:

Shred zucchini, carrots, and squash using a cheese grater. Wash and cook quinoa in boiling salted water.  Drain in a colander and spread onto sheet trays to cool. Roughly chop tomato and red pepper. Finely chop the rosemary, thyme, parsley, and garlic. Combine and mix all vegetables and herbs in a large mixing bowl. Add the quinoa and oats to the vegetables and mix together. Add the blanched spinach or arugula to the vegetables and mix. Add the chickpea flour a quarter cup at a time until the mix is able to form a ball. Form into small rounds about the size of a golf ball. Pack tightly and then gently smash with your hand to form a “patty.” In a medium sauté pan, heat a small bit of oil and cook a few of the vegetable sliders at a time, flipping only once on each side. They should take about 2-3 minutes on each side. Once finished, place on a slider bun with a slice of tomato and a bit of goat cheese and serve!

ASAP’s mission is to help local farms thrive, link farmers to markets and supporters, and build healthy communities through connections to local food. Growing Minds, ASAP’s Farm to School Program, works to connect farms and schools and give children positive experiences with healthy foods. Experiences include farm field trips, nutrition education, school gardens, and local food in cafeterias. Growing Minds has been the Southeast Regional Lead Agency for the National Farm to School Network since 2004.

To learn more about Growing Minds, visit growing-minds.org. For information about all of ASAP’s work in the region, visit asapconnections.org, or call 828-236-1282. Search their online Local Food Guide at buyappalachian.org.

Lake Eden Arts Festival – LEAF – October 20-23, 2011

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – LEAF [Lake Eden Arts Festival] from October 20th-23rd 2011 at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain, NC.
Ticket Info: theLEAF.org • 828/ 68-MUSIC (686-8742)
Advance tickets only. Under 10 FREE! Visit LEAF.org for variety of tickets|prices. Volunteering Available or you can join the LEAF memberSHIP for discounts & more.

LEAF restored my LOVE for festivals!” Luis Guerra, Texas

Thank you for hosting the most amazing festival! We had the BEST time and cannot believe it has taken us 16 years to get there. Every inch of LEAF was filled with positive energy, it was magical!”  Sarah & Russ, NC

LEAF is one of the treasured fall traditions for families and friends across the southeast and beyond the weekend of October 20th-23rd at Camp Rockmont in Black Mountain. LEAF appropriately will be falling on the “PEAK LEAF” weekend, and the fall colors complement the stunning beauty of Lake Eden with Mt. Mitchell standing tall in the distance. A weekend at LEAF is the equivalent of going on a year-long multi-cultural music, arts, dance, and outdoor adventures journey, which “recharges our batteries”. A few aspects that make LEAF “one of the best fests in the country” [re: Johnny Irion] is the FAMILY friendly atmosphere, the diverse sampling of arts and music, the setting, and the intimate size. Map out your weekend “travels” at theLEAF.org.


The LEAF crew is thrilled about the Fall LEAF line-up! Make sure your FUNKy dancing shoes are tied extra-tight for this fall. Discover the magic of LEAF and these performing artists at our 33rd festival with Sweet Honey In The Rock® • Galactic • Leo Kottke • Wanda Jackson • 7 Walkers [featuring Bill Kreutzmann, Papa Mali, George Porter Jr & Matt Hubbard] • Abigail Washburn • Toubab Krewe • The Infamous Stringdusters • The Infamous Krewe • Bassekou Kouyate [Mali] • Vishten [Prince Edward Island] • The Mighty Diamonds [Jamaica] • Contra with Perpetual e-Motion & Hot Point Stringband • Rising Appalachia • David Wax Museum • ArtOfficial • The Legendary JC’s • Bearfoot  • Songs of Water  •  Peter Mawanga [Malawi] • TURKU, Nomads of the Silk Road & many more announced on our website. LEAF creates a performance lineup that introduces you to lots of new bands, represents many genres and cultures, and contributes to the positive community. Many of the artists will also participate in LEAF in Schools & Streets programs.


The stages keep up dancing, listening, and grooving and are complemented by a host of creative experiences: Unifire Theater • Contra Dancing • Poetry Slams• Puppetry Slam • Music Jams • Parade • Fiddle Contest • Circus Arts • 50+ Healing Arts Workshops & so much more to explore & experience!  LEAF’s music is but one thread that holds together the cloth of a weekend experience that includes art and culture from around the world, and right here, for the entire family.  NEW! Runners bring your shoes for the 4th Annual “Rock the Quarry” 4-Mile Trail Challenge during LEAF Saturday. The path is so beautiful as it goes through woods, along streams, and has one of the most stunning views in WNC when you reach the top peak.

LEAF in Schools & Streets at FESTIVAL & in the COMMUNITY!

perf_sweethoney_linkLEAF is honored to welcome Sweet Honey In The Rock® as the finale’ and a special LEAF in Schools & Streets [LSS] community concert on Monday October 24th. This internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble is known for their powerful Civil Rights and African American culture work. Each concert is educational and includes cultural insights, call & response, and audience participation.  “The metaphor, Sweet Honey In The Rock®, captures these African American women whose repertoire is steeped in the sacred music of the Black church, the clarion calls of the civil rights movement, and songs of the struggle for justice everywhere.” The group stays “rooted in a deeply held commitment to create music out of the rich textures of African American legacy and traditions.” Sweet Honey In The Rock® possesses a stunning vocal prowess that captures the complex sounds of Blues, spirituals, traditional gospel hymns, rap, reggae, African chants, Hip Hop, ancient lullabies, and jazz improvisation. It is said, “Sweet Honey’s collective voice, occasionally accompanied by hand percussion instruments, produces a sound filled with soulful harmonies and intricate rhythms. In the best and in the hardest of times, Sweet Honey In The Rock® has come in song to communities around the world raising her voice in hope, love, justice, peace, and resistance.”

One of the key LEAF achievements is Empowering Youth in WNC through Festive Arts with LEAF in Schools & Streets programs. LSS is currently working weekly with 15 music and arts programs in local public housing communities and center for after-school programs. Surrounding the festival, over 20 of the LEAF artists will also be participating in LSS through arts-in-education workshops, residencies, and enrichment concerts in local schools and centers. Over 25,000 YOUTH and community members have been involved in LSS!

LSS is making residencies, workshops and performances available to local schools and community centers ranging from Malawi, Hoop Dancing, Acadian Traditions, Spoken Word, Blues, a Cappella, Theater, Hip Hop & World Dance, Maritime Folk Song, Audio Production, Jazz, Breakdancing, New Orleans Drum Line, Youth Poetry Slam, Mural Project, and World Choral Traditions to West African Dance & Drumming.

LEAF in Schools & Streets Presents:
A family-friendly outreach performance and school field trip opportunity:
Sweet Honey In The Rock®, Internationally renowned all-woman, African-American a cappella ensemble
Monday, October 24, 2011 | The Orange Peel downtown Asheville, NC
11:00 am. All Ages: $3 for children under18| $8 for adults
Q&A will immediately follow concert. Groups are encouraged to bring|submit questions early.
Tickets: Orange Peel Box office, theorangepeel.net, Ticket web (866) 468-7630
[email protected]This e-mail address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it | 828/68-MUSIC (686-8742) | theLEAF.org & click on Press, then on Events

NEALogoColorLSS provides this special low cost event to make this outreach performance accessible for schools, families & the community. This project is supported in part by an award from the National Endowment for the Arts. Art Works. LEAF finds the project “Sweet Honey In The Rock®” artistically important, as it is poignantly relevant to our mission of “creating communities and connecting cultures through music and arts”.

Asheville’s Diana Wortham Theatre Announces Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company

Saturday, July 30th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Catch the Upright Citizens Brigade Touring Company, the greatest producer of comedians in America and whose touring troupe brings its very funny improv and sketch comedy to clubs, theatres, and now our own Ashvegas (the upright citizens of which they may rip to shreds). Named “Hot Farm Team” by Rolling Stone, this group births some of the funniest actors and writers found on Saturday Night Live, The Office, The Daily Show with Jon Stewart, The Late Show with David Letterman, Late Night with Conan O’Brien, The Ellen DeGeneres Show, 30 Rock, and more – “ . . . the type of manic, original, inventive stuff I’m always interested in” (Conan O’Brien). Intended for adult audiences only. Performance September 24, 2011 at Diana Wortham Theatre, 8 pm.

LIGHT OF WISDOM: A brand new, breakthrough K-8 school in Asheville

Friday, July 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Center for Spiritual Living is honored to announce the formation of a new K-8 school in Asheville where children are learning to be extraordinary  spiritual beings who are creating their lives through the power of their thoughts. Those who have seen Louise Hay’s movie, You Can Heal Your Life, know that our thoughts are amazingly powerful.  Now at the Light of Wisdom School, we are teaching this wisdom to our children.

Most children through traditional educational methods are never given the opportunity to recognize their fullest potential.  As a Youth Education Program of the Center for Spiritual Living, Light of Wisdom School with its empowering educational design offers Asheville families an exciting new approach for learning.

Specifically, this school’s guiding philosophy is rooted in:

  • New Thought – The idea that thought is the most creative and powerful force in the universe.
  • Academic Excellence – Our program maintains or exceeds all standards set for North Carolina academic requirements, K-8th grade. Children also experience activities beyond the classroom to foster a wide-ranging and holistic education.
  • Ethics – Beyond reading, writing and arithmetic, children attending Light of Wisdom School are supported in their character development by consciously practicing honesty, integrity and impeccability.
  • Spiritual Growth – Light of Wisdom School embraces New Thought principles that teach children that there is a power within them that they use to create meaningful successful lives.
  • Emotional and Social – Going beyond the basic requirements of traditional teaching methods, Light of Wisdom School nurtures our children through emotional and social development to support their greatest potential.
  • Honoring the Needs of Each Child – With small classes and specialized attention, every child that attends the Light of Wisdom School is deeply cared for and nurtured in ways that support his or her healthy development.

Barbara Waterhouse, Co-Minister of the Center for Spiritual Living, explained, “The children who come to Light of Wisdom School are becoming the greatest versions of themselves, not only for themselves, but for their communities, their country and the world.”  Currently, there are no other New Thought schools in Western North Carolina; so many eyes are on our groundbreaking initiative in Asheville.

About the School
Light of Wisdom School is fully approved by local and state authorities and is now accepting new student enrollment for grades K-8. Children may enter at any grade level and the only requirement is that parents or caregivers are in alignment with the New Thought spiritual philosophy. To tour our school, meet with teachers and/or receive application forms, contact Nancy Miller at 828-670-6725.

More Information

Light of Wisdom School: www.lightofwisdomschool.com

Email: [email protected]

Center for Spiritual Living in Asheville: www.cslasheville.org

Bele Chere Parking Proceeds to Benefit Special Olympics

Wednesday, July 27th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Park close to the center of Bele Chere activities and help out Special Olympics at the same time. Park in the Health Center Parking lot at 35 Woodfin Street (outside only), for only $5 and 100% of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County.

You can also park at Graybar Electric on Hilliard Street near the Orange Peel for $5 and half of the proceeds will benefit Special Olympics Buncombe County. No parking will be available on Sunday at Graybar.

Hours are:

  • Friday, July 29 (5 p.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Saturday, July 30 (8:30 a.m. – 9 p.m.)
  • Sunday, July 31 (12:30 – 3 p.m.) Please Note: No parking @ Graybar on Sunday.

For more information, contact Grace Young at (828) 250-4260 or email her at [email protected].

Asheville’s 32nd Annual Bele Chere 5K

Monday, July 25th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Asheville Track Club welcomes you to Asheville‘s favorite road race, the 32nd Annual Bele Chere 5K. The ATC expects over 1,500 runners to toe the line for our 32nd race as part of the Southeast’s largest free outdoor festival.

Race headquarters will once again be historic McCormick Field in downtown Asheville.  The course will also remain the same as the past four years giving participants a true Asheville running experience.


Registration for the 2011 Bele Chere 5K Presented by Southeastern Sports Medicine and Fit Families Fun Run.  Click HERE to go to the registration page.

Pre-registration will only be accepted online using imAthlete.com.  Those new to this site will love the features this registration portal provides including an up-to-the minute list of registered athletes.  For your convenience, we have prepared a tutorial to guide you through the registration process.

Race day registration will end at 7:30 a.m. for the 5K and 8:45 a.m. for the Fun Run

Entry Fees

After July 1 and on race day – $30 (Additional service charges applied for online registration)

Current members of the Asheville Track Club will receive a $3 discount off the 5K entry fee through a discount code that can be used with online registration.  Members will receive this code from an E Newsletter sent prior to the start of registration.  This code can only be used once per person and is not valid for on-site registration on Friday or Saturday.

The entry fee for the Fit Families Fun Run is $8.  Everyone running in the race must register for this event or the 5K.


One dollar from every entry will go to the Asheville Track Club’s Shoe Fund, which provides running shoes to disadvantaged students in Asheville and Buncombe County.  An additional dollar will be donated to the Association for Retarded Citizens.  Over the past four years, over $11,000 has been donated to these funds.

Race Schedule

Friday, July 29

4:00-7:00 pm        Packet Pick Up/Late Registration – Stephens-Lee Recreation Center, Max Street

Saturday, July 30

6:00-7:30 am   Packet Pick Up/Late Registration – McCormick Field

6:00-8:30 am   Fun Run Registration – McCormick Field

7:45 am      Assemble for 5K Start – McCormick Place

8:00 am      5K Start – McCormick Place

8:45 am      Assemble for Fun Run Start – Main Gate

9:00 am      Fun Run Start

9:30 am     5K Awards Ceremony – Stadium Grandstands


The 2011 Bele Chere 5K Presented by Southeastern Sports Medicine will utilize electronic timing.  A start pad will record all runners as they cross the start line.  Per USA Track & Field rules, awards will be based on gun time.

Results will be posted on this web site by Sunday, July 31st and at www.setupevents.com.

A-B Tech’s Gorman Named “Best Young Chef in the Americas”

Monday, July 25th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Daniel Gorman, an A-B Tech graduate and a sous chef at Cherokee Town Club in Atlanta, has achievements and awards that are the envy of chefs twice his age. But his impressive culinary career almost never happened.

“When I was in high school, I had planned to go to Chapel Hill for business. That was my big goal,” Gorman said. “At the last minute, I decided I didn’t want to sit behind a desk all day.”

Drawing from his passion for cooking for and entertaining his friends, he enrolled at A-B Tech to study culinary. “My mom was completely behind me, so that was great.”

In 2007, Gorman was a member of the A-B Tech student culinary team that won the American Culinary Federation’s (ACF) national competition two months after he graduated. Three years later, he was named the Southeast Region Student Chef of the Year and National Student Chef of the Year.

This summer, Gorman, 23, won the Hans Bueschkens World Junior Chefs Challenge semifinals for the Americas, leading the ACF to dub him the “best young chef in the Americas.” He will compete in South Korea for the right to be called the best young chef in the world in May 2012.

During the June competition, junior chefs had four hours to produce eight portions of a three-course meal (appetizer, main course and dessert) featuring a list of required ingredients. A panel of judges evaluated the contestants’ performance and menus and determined Gorman to be the winner.

Gorman practiced 30 hours a week to prepare for the competition, in addition to the 50 hours a week he put in as sous chef at Cherokee. “It’s an honor big time. It’s exciting to take the next step. I didn’t expect to go all the way,” he said.

Canada placed second, earning a silver medal, and Chile placed third and took home a bronze medal. Chefs from Ecuador and Venezuela also competed in the Americas challenge during the Canadian Culinary Federation’s 2011 National Conference in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Gorman’s menu focused on his own style of food, which he calls “New American with a focus on Southern cuisine.” His winning menu consisted of Kobe flat iron steak with red onion jam, asparagus salad, herb yogurt and Parmesan lavosh; buttermilk-braised halibut with pink-eyed pea cake, fava bean purée, corn relish and mustard gastrique; and strawberry cheesecake with a margarita cake inside, mint sauce, strawberry compote, and strawberry soda with sour strawberry bubbles.

Gorman won’t find out until March what cuisine he needs to prepare for the World Junior Chef title, so he is working on a budget to pay for trip until then. “I will have to take an apprentice and my coaches. I also want to take my mom, who has been so supportive. I am figuring it will cost $30,000,” he said. “I have a lot of good mentors, (Chefs) Kevin Walker and Heather Hurlbert, and 16 cooks behind me that support me at Cherokee Town Club.”  The ACF and Custom Culinary, Inc. also support him.

“South Korea is going to be interesting. It will be an extreme change in environment. I will have to have a translator,” Gorman said. “I am nervous about competing against chefs all over the world.”

There’s HOW Much Sugar in That Soft Drink???

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Soft drinks are the first source of added sugar in the American diet. The United States ranks FIRST among other countries in soft drink consumption. The average American consumes 22 teaspoons of added sugar a day while the recommended amount of added sugar a day is only 5 – 9 teaspoons. That’s 200 – 400% more than recommended! The average American consumption of soft drinks is about 50 gallons per year.

SOFT DRINKS include soda, lemonade, sweet tea, sports drinks and any beverage sweetened with sugar or sugar substitute. How much sugar do you think is in the beverages you consume? Look at how much sugar is in a few of these popular choices:


20 oz. bottle of Coke 17 teaspoons
20 oz. bottle of Fruitopia 18 teaspoons
16 oz. bottle of Sunny Delight 19 teaspoons

Some soft drinks may have added vitamin C, calcium or other nutrients, but they are basically flavored sugar water. You must look at the nutrition facts label to see how many servings are in each container and how much sugar is in each serving. The major problem with consuming Most people have no idea how much sugar is in a soft drink.too much sugar is the extra calories. Another problem is children are consuming soft drinks at an earlier age.

How many soft drinks do you consume? If you were to drink 1 can of sugar-sweetened soft drink every day and not cut back in calories anywhere else, you could gain up to 15 pounds in a year.

Soft drinks were once thought to be a treat. Now they are a part of our regular diet. Recently, soft drinks have come under scrutiny for their contributions to the rise of type 2 diabetes, heart disease and other chronic conditions.

To calculate how much sugar is in your beverage:

  • Step 1. Look at the “Nutrition Facts” panel.
  • Step 2. Write down the number of “Servings per Container”
  • Step 3. Write down how many “Grams of Sugar”
  • Step 4. Multiply “Servings per Container” by “Grams of Sugar”
  • Step 5. Divide “Total Grams of Sugar by 4. This will tell you how many teaspoons of sugar are in your beverage container.

Ideas for consuming less sugar:

  • Choose soft drinks every once in a while and use smaller portions
  • Decrease the amount of sugar in tea
  • If you drink soft drinks, choose diet drinks
  • Choose healthier beverages such as low-fat or fat-free milk
  • The smartest choice of all is WATER

Bottom line: The evidence is strong that cutting back on sugary drinks or eliminating them altogether may help with weight control and lower the risk of diabetes.

For more information, call Buncombe County Cooperative Extension at 255-5522.

City of Asheville sponsoring “Asheville Cloud Computing Day 2011”

Friday, July 22nd, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The City of Asheville‘s IT Services team will be sponsoring “Asheville Cloud Computing Day 2011” on Aug. 10, from 9 a.m. to 11:30 p.m.  The event seeks to connect IT staff with members of the community who are involved with or have thoughts to share about cloud computing, a trend that promises to change computing in much the same way that the Internet did.

Members of the community are invited to apply to present to other members of the community and members of City of Asheville IT staff in a brief, 5-10 minute format, similar to a TED talk.  Audio visual support will be provided if necessary.  No formal application is needed; however, each prospective speaker must email NO MORE than 300 words describing the topic and the speaker’s biography to [email protected].  Up to 8 speakers will be selected.  Questions about the event may be directed to @avlcio on Twitter, so that a public response may be given.  Members of the community interested in attending the event are asked to RSVP via Twitter or email.  The location will be announced closer to the date of the event.

For information about Asheville’s Information Technology Services program, please see http://ashevillenc.gov/its.

Partnership Between A-B Tech and Goodwill Prepares Job Seekers For Careers in Electronic Medical Records

Thursday, July 21st, 2011
ASHEVILLE, NC – Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina and Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College have partnered to offer a class to train employees for one of today’s fastest-growing career fields and to help health care providers meet a new federal requirement that all health care records be available electronically.

The first session in Electronic Medical Records for Medical Office begins Aug. 19 and lasts for 12 weeks. The class will meet at Goodwill’s Workforce Development Center in Asheville.

Electronic Medical Records students will learn effective management, documentation and communication using electronic health information and participate in hands-on training to navigate through the various applications found in SuiteMed, a typical electronic medical records software system. A high school diploma or GED and basic computer skills are required for the course.

By 2014, the federal government is requiring all health records to be available electronically. “This mandate will mean new jobs for people who have skills in managing electronic health information,” said Shelley White, A-B Tech’s Senior Executive Director of Economic & Workforce Development/Continuing Education. The clinical and administrative medical support field already is one of the fastest-growing careers today, with a 34 percent growth increase expected over the next seven years. According to the Bureau of Labor and Statistics, the average yearly starting salary for an electronic medical records technician is $25,000.

“We are very excited to be able to offer this class as an opportunity for job seekers to explore new and innovative career fields and perhaps enhance some skills they already possess,” said Joshua Pierce, Goodwill director of Workforce Development.  “Our partnership with A-B Tech enables us to offer classes in fields where jobs are available and pools the complementary strengths of both our organizations.”

A-B Tech and Goodwill already are partners in a variety of classes, including Nurse Aide I, Computer Basics, Computer Empowerment, Foundations of Mathematics, Office Professional Certifications, Hospitality, GED and English as a Second Language. A-B Tech provides the instructors and curriculum while Goodwill provides materials, space, admissions assistance and placement services for graduates of the classes.

“Electronic Medical Records training is designed for both clinical and administrative medical personnel,” said White. “Considering the number of medical facilities in our community, the need is great.  We are pleased to provide EMR training in partnership with Goodwill, expanding our partnership and creating new opportunities for students at this facility.”

About Goodwill Industries of Northwest North Carolina

Goodwill is a private, nonprofit organization serving the community since 1926. Goodwill believes all people, regardless of situation, should have access to meaningful employment. Through workforce development programs, Goodwill helps individuals develop the skills they need for today’s job market.  A significant portion of the funding for its programs comes from sales of donated items in its retail stores. By donating to Goodwill or shopping in its stores, individuals support workforce development programs serving more than 40,000 people in northwest NC each year.

About Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

A-B Tech, the community’s college, is dedicated to student success. One of 58 colleges in the North Carolina Community College System, A-B Tech offers associate degrees, diplomas or certificates in more than 60 curriculum programs through its academic divisions. The Office of Economic and Workforce Development/Continuing Education offers classes and training to support the economic and cultural development of the community. A-B Tech enrolls nearly 27,000 curriculum and continuing education students, and an estimated one in four Buncombe and Madison residents has attended a class at the College.