Recognition marks ATC as only two-year college in Georgia to receive recognition

May 2, 2016 - Albany, GA - Albany Technical College recently received the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) Recognition certificate by the National Fire Academy (NFA). This recognition is acknowledgment that the college's emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the NFA.

The designation marks Albany Tech as the only two-year college in Georgia to receive the recognition, with East Georgia State College (EGSC) in Swainsboro being the only four-year institution in Georgia to be recognized. Albany Tech is currently working to sign an articulation agreement with EGSC for a pathway in Fire Science Technology, which creates a first-time partnership in the state.

"When firefighters are searching for FESHE recognized colleges, ATC will be listed as the only two-year college in Georgia on the FESHE website," said Dr. Tanjula Petty, Vice President for Academic Affairs at Albany Tech.

Regionally, or nationally accredited colleges and universities receiving this recognition have demonstrated a commitment to the nationally recognized model of standardized professional development education criteria, which concentrates on degree programs that emphasize firefighting response, fire prevention, fire administration, and Emergency Medical Services management.

"This accreditation allows current and future firefighters to have a designated pathway – from high school, to firefighter certification, to employment, to a college degree – these are all available at Albany Tech," said Don Laye, Dean of Academic Affairs for the Fire Science program and former chair of the program at Albany Tech.

"To receive the FESHE accreditation speaks of the quality of the program that we offer to our students at Albany Tech and is also the first Fire Science program within the Technical College System of Georgia that has received this accreditation," said Dr. Petty.

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