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Albany Tech, Albany State sign fire services agreement

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 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 President Anthony Parker and his counterpart at Albany State University, Everette Freeman, signed an articulation agreement on Tuesday, cementing a Fire Science Technology partnership between the two schools.

The agreement will make it easier for graduates of Albany Tech's Fire Science Technology program to transfer credit hours to the bachelor of applied science program in Fire Services Administration from Albany State.

"As usual, Albany, Georgia, is ahead of the curve in doing things well," Parker said just prior to signing the agreement. "Our job is to create innovative programs that benefit the community, and I think we've done that here. Even before we sign this agreement, I know it is going to be a success."

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 an associate's degree.

"We are delighted to be part if this initiative," Freeman said. "The men and women in our community have the vision and wherewithal to keep us safe. The governor has said that by 2020 he wants to exponentially increase men and women with college degrees, not just among 18- and 22-year-olds but nontraditional students as well.

"We think this agreement fits that vision."

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 a fire department.