Albany State University President Everette Freeman, second from left, and Albany Technical College President Anthony Parker exchange pages during the signing of a Fire Science Technology agreement at Albany Tech Tuesday. Albany Fire Department Capt. Eugene Anderson, far left, and ATC vice president Pam Helgar, far right, witnessed the ceremony.
ALBANY, Ga. -- Albany Technical College and Albany State University will announce a new Fire Science Technology partnership at 10 a.m. today in the Center for Emergency Responders at Albany Tech.
The memorandum of understanding will make it easier for ATC graduates of the Fire Science Technology program to transfer credit hours to the bachelor of applied science program in Fire Services Administration at Albany State University.
In January, the Board of Regents approved a new Bachelor of Applied Science Degree in Fire Services Administration at Albany State based on the demand by fire service organizations for positions in management, administration and executive leadership roles.
The new degree program is designed to meet the demand for skilled firemen throughout the country. ASU will provide substantial course credits to ATC students who have completed the associate's degree.
"The College of Business is thrilled to once again partner with Albany Technical College to provide students with continuing educational opportunities at the bachelor's level," said Fidelis Ikem, dean of ASU's College of Business. "We welcome all Fire Science associate's degree holders from ATC and look forward to working with them during fall 2012 admissions and class registration."
Since its inception, ATC's Fire Science Technology program has addressed the foundational needs of students in the field of fire science. However, to expand their knowledge beyond the associate's degree level, students are forced to seek classes outside of Georgia.
The new agreement provides students the opportunity to not only remain in Georgia, but also in Albany to further their careers.
"This is a prime example of continuing education and work force development working together to improve the delivery of fire services," said Don Laye, Fire Science Technology program chairman at ATC.
At Albany Tech, students can become National Professional Qualified firefighters; then upon employment earn an associate's degree in Fire Science Technology, which leads to a job promotion as a fire officer.
With an ASU bachelor's degree in Fire Service Administration, fire officers can advance to become a fire chief or hold other top administrative positions in the department.