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Learn About Climate From an Insider

Saturday, July 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The Institute for Climate Education at A-B Tech will hold its first free public seminar at 7 p.m. July 20 in Ferguson Auditorium on the College’s Asheville campus for community members to learn about climate-related issues.

“An Insider’s Look: What YOU need to know about climate” will be presented by Mark Brooks, Climate Services Coordinator/Environmental Meteorologist, of the State Climate Office of North Carolina in Raleigh. “Climate has a significant impact on every sector of our economy,” said Brooks. “However, it is possible to mitigate the negative impacts of climate related risk and capitalize on the favorable impacts.” There will be a question and answer session following Brooks’ presentation.

“This is an excellent opportunity to be able to hear the latest about what is going on in the ever-changing world of climate science,” said Pamela McCown, Coordinator for the Institute for Climate Education. “We are all impacted daily by weather and climate, and this is a great chance to be able to hear about the climate services that are available to us through the state. Anyone who has to make decisions related to weather and climate should plan on attending. ”

The Institute for Climate Education was established at A-B Tech to offer classes, workshops, seminars and other training for the general public about climate and climatology. For more information, visit http://www1.abtech.edu/content/institute-climate-education/overview

New Classes and Programs at ABTech

Tuesday, July 5th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – Students can learn how to manage electronic medical records, create mobile applications, extract methane gas from landfills and acquire and apply GIS data through new program offerings that begin this fall at A-B Tech.

Students enrolling in Healthcare Business Informatics (HBI), a two-year associate degree program, will learn installation, data management, system design and support for medical information systems.

“This program is an exciting new offering for A-B Tech because it will provide needed skills in a field that will continue to expand,” said Pamela Silvers, Business Computer Technologies chair. “With the passage of a government mandate requiring the use of electronic health records by 2014, the need for workers in HBI will grow significantly.”

The new Mobile Development diploma will prepare students for entry-level jobs in the mobile design and development industry. Students will learn to incorporate code and graphics, and use gestures like swiping and accelerometers to create games and applications for smartphones and tablets.The program will begin in the fall pending final approval from the State Board of Community Colleges.

“Mobile computing is expanding rapidly, faster than any other web-based technology, and we can safely expect there to be an increasing need for a workforce skilled at mobile development,” said Jonathan Ross, Digital Media Technologies Instructor. “This program will prepare our students for future employment. As web development diversifies, there will be a need for both desktop-based and mobile-based web designers/developers.”

A new BioGas option offered as part of the Industrial Systems Technology program will prepare students to work as technicians at landfills that are extracting methane gas. “This program was created to meet the growing need for qualified landfill methane gas extraction technicians,” said Sharon Suess, Mechanical Engineering and Industrial Systems Technology Chair.

The Surveying Technology degree now has a new Geospatial Technology option in addition to the traditional Land Survey course of study. Graduates of the program are prepared to work with CAD, mapping systems, GIS, land surveys, and GPS.

“We’re very excited about this new program that allows students to gather spatial data using land surveying with GPS, and then apply the data in useful ways with GIS,” said Jim Sullivan, Civil Engineering and Surveying Technologies Chair. “Graduates will be prepared for immediate employment in a growing field using the latest technology and equipment.”

A-B Tech is registering students for enrollment in Healthcare Business Informatics, Mobile Development, Industrial Systems Technology programs and more than 60 other curriculum programs. New students must complete the application process and attend student orientation prior to registration. Classes begin Aug. 17. For more information, call 254-1921, ext. 7520 or visit abtech.edu.

AB Tech Offers Free Middle School Camp for Young Entrepreneurs

Monday, June 20th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Center for Business and Technology Incubation is accepting applications for its two-day summer day camp for rising sixth- to eighth-grade students interested in business ownership.

The Middle School Academy is a scaled down version of the Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp, a North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (NC REAL) Youth Entrepreneurship camp. The camp is free and will be from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 and 19 at the College’s Enka site.

“The idea behind the middle school camp is to introduce the students to the ideas of entrepreneurship, creative thinking, and fun, interactive activities to engage students,” said Christy Ramm of the A-B Tech Small Business Center. “The two-day camp will give them the foundation for ideas and concepts that will be expanded in the full week long high school camp.”

Students will learn how to apply for a business loan and about resources in their community. They will also gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

For more information and application information, contact Ramm at [email protected] or 254-1921, ext. 5857 or visit www.abtech.edu/sbc/yescamp.asp

Institute for Climate Education Launches Classes in June

Monday, May 16th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech will launch its Institute for Climate Education in June with a series of Continuing Education courses on subjects ranging from weather lore to mountain climate.

The first course, “Weather Lore MythBusters,” will be offered from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. June 11 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, Director 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.”

The institute, created earlier in the year, is designed to educate citizens about climate-related issues and will offer credit and non-credit classes, workshops, seminars and other training for the general public.

“Our goal is to provide opportunities for people to learn about weather and climate in ways that are engaging, fun, and meaningful,” said McCown.

The next course, “Mountain Weather and Climate,” will focus on Western North Carolina’s microclimates. Led by Meteorologist Rod Truesdell, students will learn about the major weather patterns found in the area, as well as historic weather events including the 1993 blizzard and the 1916 flood. The course is offered on the evenings of June 14, 21 and 28.

“Historic Asheville: A Weather and Climate Perspective,” taught by Truesdell, will begin with an overview of Asheville circa 1850, and of the town’s first official weather observer, W.W. McDowell. Area weather events will be presented from a historical, rather than highly technical, perspective.

A-B Tech President Hank Dunn said the Institute on Climate Education will “complement the work already being done by agencies like the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) and its National Climatic Data Center (NCDC) and provide a way for A-B Tech to join the critical conversation that’s occurring about climate change and its long-term effects on our country and our world.”

For more information about the Institute and to register for the courses offered, visit http://www2.abtech.edu/schedule/ce/spring/index.php

AB Tech Business Center Presents 2011 Student Expo Today at 12:30

Friday, May 6th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Business Computer Technologies Department will present its 2011 Student Expo from 12:30 to 2 p.m. May 6 in Balsam 110 on the Asheville campus.

Graduating students will present their system projects in Web Technologies, Digital Media and Information Systems. Refreshments will be available. For more information, contact Jacqueline Larsen at [email protected] or phone 254-1921, ext. 847 or contact Jean Finley at [email protected], ext. 252.

Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit Coming to A-B Tech

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech will host the Library of Congress Traveling Exhibit from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. May 6 and 7 at theA-B Tech’s Asheville campus. Located adjacent to the K. Ray Bailey Student Services Building, the exhibit is free and open to the public.

The “Gateway to Knowledge” exhibition will bring high-quality facsimiles of many of the Library’s top documents and information about the millions of resources in the Library’s unparalleled collections to Asheville. The “Gateway to Knowledge” is expected to visit up to 60 sites in states across the Midwest and South over the next year.

“We are excited to host this unique opportunity for the community to see some of the treasures of the Library of Congress,” said Carol Fleming, Director of Library Services at A-B Tech. “Where else can you find a Gutenberg Bible, the Declaration of Independence and the first Spiderman comic drawings side-by-side? We hope that many schools and community members will visit and thank the Library of Congress for providing the exhibit.”

The exhibit and its national tour are made possible by the support of the Rapoport family.  Bernie and Audre Rapoport are founding members of the James Madison Council, the Library’s private-sector advisory group.

“As both a storehouse of world knowledge and primary resource for the U.S. Congress, the Library is energized by the prospects of the exhibition playing an important role in sharing the national collection with the people to whom it belongs,” said Librarian of Congress James H. Billington.

The exhibit includes programming especially for teachers and students and provides relevant and engaging learning experiences for lifelong learners. The truck is staffed and driven by two docents well versed in the Library and its collections.

The trailer expands to three times its road width, and visitors will enter from a central staircase to find several areas of museum-style exhibits including a welcoming multimedia display and computer terminals displaying Library of Congress websites.  The websites will include the main site, www.loc.gov, the Center for the Book/Literacy Programs site, www.read.gov, and sites pertaining to U.S. collections, exhibitions and a special site for use by teachers.

The exhibition outlines the history of the Library, including Thomas Jefferson’s role in re-establishing the Library, when he provided his personal book collection to the nation after the burning of the U.S. Capitol in 1814.  Jefferson’s organization of his books by categories of “Memory, Reason and Imagination” will inform the organization of the exhibition.

The exhibition features facsimiles of such documents as the 1507 Waldseemüller Map (the first document to use the word “America”); the 1455 Gutenberg Bible; the rough draft of the Declaration of Independence, in Thomas Jefferson’s hand with edits by Benjamin Franklin and John Adams; the 1962 drawings for the comic book that introduced Spider-Man to the world; the handwritten manuscript to jazz pioneer Jelly Roll Morton’s “Frog-i-More Rag”; and Walt Whitman’s poem “Leaves of Grass.”

Founded in 1800, the Library of Congress is the nation’s oldest federal cultural institution.  The Library seeks to spark imagination and creativity and to further human understanding and wisdom by providing access to knowledge through its magnificent collections, programs and exhibitions.

AB Tech and AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) Host Green Hospitality Expo

Wednesday, April 13th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – The A B Tech Hospitality Management senior class is partnering with AIR (Asheville Independent Restaurants) to host the first Annual Green Hospitality Expo. The event, taking place on April 28th, 2011, will highlight green products and services available throughout the hospitality industry, and will bring together industry leaders in green practices. A B Tech Hospitality Management and AIR hope that by teaming up, the Green Hospitality Expo will reach and influence a larger audience by pooling together their resources in the industry.

“Hospitality companies throughout the Asheville area have long been very progressive in pursuing sustainable practices. We aim to bring together annually, all these related stakeholders to share their expertise that someday Asheville will be recognized as the premier sustainable tourist destination in America.” – Walter Rapetski, A B Tech Hospitality Instructor and Faculty Advisor for the Hospitality Green Expo

The goals of the event include:

– Increase awareness of the growing industry trends in regards to green practices

– Educate both the hospitality industry and students

– Showcase available green products and services to the hospitality industry

– Highlight current hospitality businesses in the area that have successfully applied

Green practices to their operations

“The Green Team of Asheville Independent Restaurants (AIR) was delighted to discover that students at AB Tech Hospitality Management Program were planning an inaugural Green Hospitality Expo, just as AIR was planning its second annual Green Restaurant Fair. It only made sense to join forces to co-produce the Green Expo together at AB Tech’s Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality.  As a result, we expect everyone will benefit–the local restaurants, hotels, vendors and especially the students. We see this event becoming one of the signature programs of AB Tech Hospitality Management and AIR for years to come.” –Randy Talley,The Green Sage and AIR

AIR and many of its members have long been tremendous supporters of the A B Tech hospitality program. This collaboration will benefit both parties and should make this Green Hospitality Expo an event to remember, and the first of many to come.

The Hospitality Management Program has been an integral part of AB Tech since 1959 and is the oldest program of its kind in the state. Each year the Hospitality Management senior class produces a career fair to utilize the skills taught in the program. A B Tech strives to keep the students up to date with industry trends at the fair. The Green Hospitality Expo will be the focus of this year’s event.

Asheville Independent Restaurants is an organization dedicated to keeping Asheville’s food scene eclectic and individual. AIR’s mission is to unite the independent restaurant community of Asheville NC in their committed to local people, local philanthropies, local businesses, local food and the local economy, with a promise to preserve the authenticity of our mountain home through genuine food and signature hospitality.

For more information, contact:
AB Tech AIR Green Expo Managers
Elvi Loos & Alexandra Panayotopulos
Phone: (828) 281-1921 ext 7666
Email: [email protected]
www.abtech.edu/hospitalityfair

Written by Elizabeth Sims

Jump Start Your Small Business

Tuesday, April 12th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Center for Business and Technology Incubation will host Small Business Jump Start Day from 4 to 6:30 p.m. April 28 on the second floor in the Haynes Conference Center on the Enka Site.

The event is a free information session for current and potential small business owners. Small Business Jump Start Day is an exposition of current business owners – available to answer questions and share best practices on topics including business loans, business plans, identifying your market, advertising, business licenses, finding a space to rent, accounting and taxes, doing business with the city, and insurance coverage.

For more information about presenting as an exhibitor or attending Small Business Jump Start Day contact Jill Sparks at 254-1921, Ext. 5849 or [email protected].

Entrepreneur Camps for Middle and High Schoolers Accepting Applications

Tuesday, April 5th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Center for Business and Technology Incubation is accepting applications for its weeklong summer day camp for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors interested in business ownership.

The Young Entrepreneurial Scholars (YES!) Camp is a North Carolina Rural Entrepreneurship through Action Learning (NC REAL) Youth Entrepreneurship camp that will run from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. from June 13-17. Registration is $25, payable upon acceptance.

New to the program is a free Middle School Academy for sixth- to eighth-grade students from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. July 18 and 19. Both camps are held at the College’s Enka site.

“The idea behind the new middle school camp is to introduce the students to the ideas of entrepreneurship, creative thinking, and fun, interactive activities to engage students,” said Christy Ramm of the A-B Tech Small Business Center. “The two-day camp will give them the foundation for ideas and concepts that will be expanded in the full week long high school camp.”

Students will learn how to apply for a business loan and about resources in their community. They will also gain an understanding of entrepreneurship as a viable career option and meet and learn from successful entrepreneurs.

Space is limited and the application deadline is April 29. For more information and application information, contact Ramm at [email protected] or 254-1921, ext. 5857or visit www.abtech.edu/sbc/yescamp.asp

Celebrate Conscious Cuisine with a Culinary Exploration to Capture the Senses

Wednesday, March 9th, 2011

ASHEVILLE, NC – A-B Tech’s Foundation is holding a fundraising gala with proceeds to benefit the Foundation’s scholarship program and the Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department.

April in Asheville will be from 6:30 to 9 p.m. April 7 at the Brumit Center for Culinary Arts and Hospitality at the College’s Asheville campus featuring a variety of interactive food islands with wine pairings placed throughout the building.

Created by award-winning A-B Tech Culinary Arts and Hospitality Department students, themes will include Domestic and Wild (venison), Therapy in a Bite (vegetarian), My Pig Beats Your Cow (pork), and many more featuring shrimp, shellfish, beef, lamb, trout, desserts and bread.

Each food island will have a related silent auction item for bidding, which include a week in a vacation home in Harbor Country, MI, a week in a cabin in Little Switzerland, whitewater rafting, zipline canopy tours, a hot air balloon ride, private gardening consultation, and more.

Tickets are $125 per person. For more information or tickets, contact 254-1921, ext. 7567 or email [email protected].