Albany Tech inks agreement with Southern Polytechnic

Photo by Casey Dixon

Photo by Casey Dixon

ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker and Southern Polytechnic State University Vice President for Academic Affairs Ziv Szafran signed an articulation agreement Monday that links the two schools' engineering technology programs.

The agreement will allow Albany Tech students to complete their first two years of a bachelor of science in engineering technology degree at the college and complete the final two years online with Southern Polytechnic.

A students be able to earn an associate of applied science in electromechanical engineering Tech at ATC, then complete work for a bachelor's degree in mechanical engineering technology or electrical engineering technology with Southern Polytechnic.

"This opportunity with SPSU will keep our students who train in engineering technology fields in Southwest Georgia," Parker said. "It's a win-win situation for us and them, and we look forward to the partnership.

"We're filling a void because this was the only part of the state that didn't have the opportunity to obtain these types of degrees. This agreement will also help improve the economic viability of the region."

Szafran agreed.

"We at Southern Polytechnic are excited about this articulation, with Albany Tech in particular. It's been in the works for more than three years," Szafran said. "The agreement will promote economic development in this part of the state and also help support a local school with excellent programs."

Parker added, "The agreement also means we've just added value to our engineering technology degrees from day one."