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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.

Logo courtesy of Asheville-Buncombe Technical Community College website.

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.

Kathleen O'Nan

Kathleen O'Nan is a contributing reporter to Carolina Public Press.

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