ALBANY, GA – Albany Technical College (ATC) will host two officials, Professor Walter O’Leary and Dr. Sara Kennedy, for a campus visit from the Waterford Institute of Technology in Ireland on Thursday, February 22, 2018.

Professor Walter O'Leary, Lecturer in Law and Criminal Justice and Coordinator for North American strategic partnerships and summer programs for Waterford Institute of Technology, will visit ATC, along with Dr. Sara Kennedy, Lecturer Health Sciences, Nursing & Healthcare and Coordinator of international partnerships for Nursing and Applied Healthcare.

The visit was scheduled by the International Center for the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), who works to focus TCSG’s international programming to align with Georgia’s strategic international partnerships and to globalize technical and vocational education and training, by aligning with Georgia’s strategic industry and business sectors, top foreign direct investment and trade partners and encourage internationalization of learning for teachers, students and apprentices.

International Affairs for TCSG began working with the Waterford Institute of Technology (WIT) in 2012. After collaborating on several projects, the strategic partnership between WIT and TCSG was recognized and formalized in January 2017 when former TCSG Commissioner Gretchen Corbin and WIT President Professor Willy Donnelly signed a Memorandum of Understand in Atlanta. Later in 2017, Corbin led a mission to WIT, which included Albany Technical College President, Dr. Anthony Parker.

“TCSG and WIT have focused their collaboration to add international learning in strategic sectors including engineering technology and advanced manufacturing, hospitality and culinary arts, nursing and allied health professions,” said Dr. Ian Bond, Executive Director, International Center for TCSG.

The focus of Dr. Kennedy and Prof. O’Leary’s visit will be to explore opportunities for WIT students at ATC in nursing and

allied health professions. Professor O’Leary will also be promoting opportunities for ATC engineering technology and mechatronics students and culinary arts students to participate in WIT summer programs. He will also be assisting with preparations for the St. Patrick’s Day Gala at ATC.

About Albany Technical College

A public postsecondary institution of the Technical College System of Georgia (TCSG), Albany Technical College provides technical education and training support for the evolving workforce needs of Southwest Georgia through traditional and online classroom settings. Albany Tech is accredited by the Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS/COC). For more information about Albany Tech, go to or become a fan on Facebook at or on Twitter at You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting

Additional Coverage