Albany Tech President Anthony Parker shakes hands with Valdosta State President William McKinney after signing a pair of articulation agreements at ATC's Logistics Education Center Tuesday.
ALBANY — When Hank Huckabee, the chancellor of the University System of Georgia, asked universities and technical colleges to consider working more closely together, Albany Tech president Anthony Parker was listening.
Since that time, Albany Tech has inked partnerships with Albany State, Southern Polytechnic University, Life University and, after what Parker called a “historic” event Tuesday, Valdosta State University.
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Through the two agreements signed Tuesday, students who graduate with an associate of Applied Science in one of 22 different programs from Albany Tech could more easily transition into a bachelor in Applied Science degree with a major in Technical Studies from VSU. Additionally, students graduating with an associate of Applied Science from Albany Tech can begin work toward a bachelor of Science degree from VSU in Organizational Leadership.
Both Parker and VSU President William McKinney heralded the partnership as a positive collaboration between the institutions.
"This is about the citizens of Southwest Georgia," Parker said, sitting alongside McKinney in the executive board room at ATC's Logistics Education Center Tuesday. "Most of Albany Tech students come from very close by ... and they go to work, 77 percent of them go to work within 30 miles of Albany. It is good to have institutions like Albany State and Valdosta State willing to understand those individuals' contributions and the rigors of the curriculum they've taken."
McKinnley said that the agreement makes his university a stronger institution by helping to ensure a student body that is prepared to continue their educational achievement.
"It's a real pleasure to be here because you talk all you want about putting students first and doing things for our students; you know, every school, in one way or another, does that," McKinney said. "But putting it into concrete action is really what this is all about today."
Albany Tech AAS programs included under both agreements are: Accounting, Business Administrative Technology, Business Management, Internet Specialist-Website Design, Marketing Management, Design and Media Production Technology, Drafting Technology, Business Logistics Management, Operations Management, Health Information Technology, Medical Assisting, Paramedicine Technology, Civil Engineering Technology, Electromechanical Engineering Technology, Electronics Technology, Industrial Systems Technology, Telecommunications Technology, Culinary Arts, Early Childhood Care and Education, Hotel/Restaurant/Tourism Management, Law Enforcement Technology and Fire Science Technology.