A-B Tech Community College announces vaccine incentive program for students

Press release from Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College

A-B Tech announced today that fully vaccinated students will receive $150 gift cards for purchases in its college bookstore. The program will be implemented during A-B Tech’s annual New Student Welcome Day on Thursday, Aug. 5, from 3-6 p.m. The Buncombe County Department of Health and Human Services also will be on hand to administer free vaccines during the event.

Students who are enrolled in any of the college’s academic, continuing education, or workforce programs are eligible for the vaccine incentive program. They must be registered and present a valid college or government ID and proof of vaccination at the Bailey Student Services Center on A-B Tech’s main campus in Asheville beginning Aug. 5 through Oct. 15.

Students and prospective students who plan to participate in New Student Welcome Day should bring their vaccination card or a photograph of the card as proof of their fully vaccinated status. The event will be held at the Bailey Student Services Center on A-B Tech’s main campus in Asheville.

According to the Centers for Disease Control (CDC), people are deemed fully vaccinated with two doses of the Pfizer and Moderna vaccines and one dose of the Johnson & Johnson vaccine.

“We hope to encourage more students to get fully vaccinated as we prepare to return to in-person fall classes,” said Vice President of Student Services Terry Brasier. “The college fortunately has COVID-19 emergency relief funds that are available for this purpose.”

Learn more at abtech.edu/student-vaccinations.

About A-B Tech

Founded in 1959 in the heart of Asheville, A-B Tech is the largest higher education institution in Western North Carolina, serving more than 23,000 students a year in Buncombe and Madison counties. One of 58 community colleges in the NC Community College System, A-B Tech offers more than 125 degrees, diplomas, and certificates, as well as a wide range of workforce training and continuing education programs. A-B Tech includes the main Asheville campus, A-B Tech Enka (home of the A-B Tech Small Business Center and Business Incubation Program, Craft Beverage Institute of the Southeast and N.C. BioNetwork), A-B Tech Madison, A-B Tech South, A-B Tech Woodfin and the Goodwill Center in West Asheville. Learn more at abtech.edu.

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One thought on “A-B Tech Community College announces vaccine incentive program for students

  1. Mike

    Very short sighted. There will probably be another pandemic and it will be very difficult to get people to get their vaccine shots. Why get the shot as soon as the vaccine is available? The longer one waits, the greater the reward when you do get the shot. People will be lined up in the halls outside the ICU because they were holding out until they would be paid $1,000.00.

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