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Coast Guard chief visits Albany Tech

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz chats with Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker during a visit to the school on Wednesday.

U.S. Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz chats with Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker during a visit to the school on Wednesday.

ALBANY, Ga. — U.S. Coast Guard Academy Superintendent Rear Adm. Sandra Stosz visited Albany Technical College Wednesday on one leg of a three-day tour of the Academy’s prep schools in Alabama and Georgia.

“We are at Albany Tech because (Lt. Cmdr.) Andrea Parker is one of my starring instructors at the Academy,” Stosz said. “We are down here because we wanted to see this wonderful school and explore the possibility of forming some sort of relationship (with ATC).”

Andrea Parker is the daughter of ATC President Anthony Parker and is an assistant professor of management at the Coast Guard Academy which is located in New London, Conn.

Stosz and her staff were fresh off a visit to Georgia Military College in Fairburn, and today will journey to Marion, Ala., to check in on cadets at Marion Institute.

The two schools are the USCG’s only prep schools in the nation where some cadets are sent to improve ability in some academic disciplines and well as physical improvement.

“This visit (to ATC) is basically a ‘meet and greet,” Stosz said. “Andrea has told me so much about this place that I wanted to experience it for myself.”

And Stosz liked what she has seen.

“I am very impressed with the energy and vitality on display here.” she said.

Stosz was especially impressed with ATC’s engineering articulation agreement with Southern Poly Tech and another that is in the works with Middle Tennessee State University.

“Between 60 and 70 percent of our academics at the Academy involve STEM (science, technical, engineering and math) courses,” Stosz said. “We recognize the value of technical education in these fields as we move forward into the future.”

“While we are here we will also be looking at the possibility of forming some sort of relationship with Albany Tech.”