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ASU, Albany Tech form partnership

Anthony Parker, president of Albany Technical College, left, confirms an agreement with Everette Freeman, president of Albany State University, in which Albany Tech students will reside in ASU campus dorms starting in January.

Anthony Parker, president of Albany Technical College, left, confirms an agreement with Everette Freeman, president of Albany State University, in which Albany Tech students will reside in ASU campus dorms starting in January.

ALBANY, Ga. — Some students at Albany Technical College in need of housing in January will be able to reside at Albany State University’s Wiley Hall or Gibson Hall, according to an agreement signed Tuesday.

In addition, residents will be able to participate in meal plans at the ASU campus.

The agreement, called the first of its kind between a Technical College System and a University System was signed at Gibson Hall by Anthony Parker, president of Albany Technical College, and Albany State University president, Everette J. Freeman.

Parker said the new relationship is not the only “win-win” arrangement between the institutions. In addition, ASU provides public safety on the ATC campus and all men and women’s basketball home games for ATC are played at ASU’s HPER Complex.

“This is a historic opportunity to expand an already great relationship,” Parker said. “ASU had dormitory space that was not being utilized. This Allows ATC students from outside the community to have a safe place to live while they earn their associates degree.”

According to Turner, the “unusual” agreement came about as officials of the two schools were exploring way of working together which would increase efficiency and reduce costs.

"As we explored the possibilities we came to realize that we already had ATC students playing basketball on the ASU campus,” Freeman said. “To house some of those students in ASU facilities which are currently unused is a win-win situation.”

Albany State Director of Housing and Residence Life Bonisha Porter said that students in the ASU dorms would have access to Internet services, as well as a 24-hour staff to provide study assistance, personal and spiritual advice.

“The assistance staff members won’t be so old they can’t relate to the students or so young they may want join them in activities that aren’t appropriate,” Porter said.

“We plan to start out slow with this concept,” Freeman said. “To begin with it will only be the basketball players involved with the housing agreement. Creativity is the watchword here, and we’re going to continue to be creative as we provide proper housing for both our institutions.”