Albany Tech, Southern Polytech ink agreement

Albany Tech President Anthony Parker, left, and Southern Polytechnic Dean of the School of Engineering Technology Jeffrey Ray swap articulation agreement documents at a ceremony at ATC Tuesday.

Albany Tech President Anthony Parker, left, and Southern Polytechnic Dean of the School of Engineering Technology Jeffrey Ray swap articulation agreement documents at a ceremony at ATC Tuesday.

ALBANY, Ga. — Albany Technical College and Southern Polytechnic State University (SPSU) signed a new Operations Management program articulation agreement Tuesday, deepening the academic ties between the two schools.

Last fall, Albany Tech launched its new Operations Management program which trains students to enter the work force as an entry-level supervisor within a manufacturing community.

Students earning an associate’s degree in Operations Management at Albany Tech complete the educational requirements for Certified Associate Project Manager (CAPM®) and have the opportunity to complete other requirements for certification testing. Albany Technical College also offers PMP® certification and CAPM® certification in a non-credit offering for individuals and companies needing this specialized training.

Through the articulation agreement, signed by Parker and SPSU Dean of the School of Engineering Jeffrey Ray, ATC graduates will be able to easily transfer to SPSU to earn their bachelor’s degree in Manufacturing Operations.

“This is another example of the partnerships we are building with Southern Polytechnic State University so that our students who choose to continue on and complete their bachelor’s degree can easily do so and without ever leaving Albany,” said ATC President Anthony Parker.

More than two years ago, Albany Tech entered an articulation agreement with Southern Polytech for the Engineering Technology programs. Part of the agreement included Albany Tech providing space for labs and classroom for Southern Polytechnic students in this field on campus so that students would not have to relocate to Atlanta to complete their bachelor’s degree classes.

“This is another wonderful opportunity not just for students, but for the community as a whole,” Ray said. “Manufacturing is making a comeback, and we and Albany Tech want to be at the center of it in the state of Georgia.”

Matt Trice, vice president of the Center for Business Solutions at Albany Tech, described the new agreement as a “win-win” opportunity.

“The articulation agreement between Albany Technical College and Southern Polytechnic State University is a win-win for the student and for the two institutions,” said Trice. “This agreement allows our students to continue their education while never having to leave home and gives them the opportunity to secure a BAS from a well-respected and accredited university. We are pleased that this opportunity is available and look forward to our AAS students moving on to SPSU.”

Students choosing to take advantage of this agreement who have completed all requirements of Albany Tech’s Associate of Applied Science (AAS) in Operations Management will be able to transfer credits toward the Bachelor of Applied Science (BAS) program in Manufacturing Operations at Southern Polytechnic.

“The Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG) wants to provide our graduates with opportunities to continue their education along a ladder that will mirror their advancement and promotion at work.” said Ron Jackson, commissioner of the Technical College System of Georgia. “Our continuing partnership with SPSU is fulfilling our mutual goal of providing the very best for our students and guiding them to rewarding careers in Georgia’s work force.”


waltspecht 2 years, 9 months ago

I would hope there is a practical side to this program. In order to Supervise, you have to have process knowledge. This is usually attainable only with floor experience. The thought that you can supervise, because you have been taught how to deal with people is a shortcomming. You definately have to know more than how to manage people to be a Supervisor.


mtrice 2 years, 9 months ago

Yes. Great observation. This program was designed in consultation with area manufacturers. During that consultation, we listened to what our companies had to say and designed a program that is specifically targeted to individuals who are already employed but who need skills to assist them in taking the next step. I.E. someone who's been identified has having the necessary floor skills (as you say) but may lack training that would better prepare them to move into supervisory positions at a later date. While we had this in mind with the creation of the program, it does not preclude someone without manufacturing experience entering the program and taking advantage of the content in order to seek a job in the manufacturing arena. Take a look at the curriculum when you have a moment and encourage folks to take advantage: http://www.albanytech.edu/images/stories/PDFS/operationsmanagementbrochure.pdf


FryarTuk 2 years, 9 months ago

Albany Tech President Anthony Parker is like the bunny hooked up to the battery he just keeps on keeping on. Good job and great opportunity.


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