Albany, Georgia - Albany Technical College (ATC) officially will sign a Transfer Articulation Agreement with the Eastern Oregon University (EOU) on Monday, October 18, 2021. The virtual signing will be held at 1:00 p.m. EST on the campus of Albany Technical College in the Logistics Education Center board room and on Eastern Oregon University's main campus in La Grande, Oregon. The Agreement's purpose is to allow ATC Fire Science Technology students the opportunity to move on to earn an EOU baccalaureate degree. Students will be required to complete the University’s Graduation Requirements (UGRs) and the program requirements as outlined for each specific major. 

"Albany Technical College is proud to partner with Eastern Oregon University to increase the pathways for our students to earn a bachelor's degree after they have successfully earned an associate degree with us," stated Dr. Anthony O. Parker, President of Albany Technical College. "The signing of this agreement forms a commitment with both institutions to increase educational pathway opportunities and possible career advancement for our students here locally."

 The Transfer Articulation Agreement is an alliance between the two institutions with the purpose of defining course transfer articulation between each institution as well as defining how the student support areas of admissions, registrar, financial aid, and advising will function across institutions to facilitate increased transfer rates as students transfer between institutions.

The goals of the partnerships are to: Improve academic program articulation, expand student options for college services and curriculum and provide opportunities for students to experience seamless curricular pathways and support services between ATC and EOU.

"The Albany Technical College fire program prepares students extremely well to complete their Fire Services Administration bachelor’s degree at EOU. ATC graduates have great foundational knowledge and can step right into the EOU program with confidence that they're well prepared for the upper division coursework, stated Dr. Kevin S. Walker, Associate Professor of Business, Fire Services Administration Program Chair at EOU.

The management of the transfer articulation agreement will be coordinated through EOU's Executive Director of Regional Outreach and Innovation and ATC's Office of Public Safety. Specific program content will be reviewed annually. Academic advising will be the joint responsibility of the two institutions, with a heightened awareness of communication between the two needed to operationalize the transfer function of advisors working with students.

Eastern Oregon University and Albany Technical College will enter this Agreement beginning with the Spring Semester of 2022. A complete checklist for EOU's Fire Service Administration Degree can be downloaded from: www.eou.edu/fire-services-administration/