Albany Technical College and East Georgia State College held an articulation agreement signing ceremony on Wednesday, May 19, 2016 on East Georgia State College’s Swainsboro campus.
The goal with the articulation agreement is to provide Associate of Applied Science (AAS) graduates of Albany Tech’s Fire Science Technology program with an opportunity to continue on with East Georgia State College to earn their Bachelor of Arts (BA) degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration.
East Georgia State College is the only Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) approved college in the state. Albany Tech recently received the FESHE accreditation at the associate’s degree level.
FESHE recognition certification is the acknowledgment that a collegiate emergency services degree program meets the minimum standards of excellence established by FESHE professional development committees and the National Fire Academy (NFA). These regionally, or nationally accredited colleges and universities 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.
“The FESHE aspect of this agreement is a win-win for fire science students and creates a true bachelor’s degree pathway in Fire Administration,” said Frank Flanigan, Chair of the Fire Science Technology program at Albany Technical College.
Accordingly to Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at East Georgia State College, “Our new relationship with Albany Tech will benefit both institutions, and especially our students, in many ways. It is also important to consider how the training of these new public service professionals will also advance the quality of service for all South Georgians.”
EGSC’s Bachelor of Science degree in Fire and Emergency Services Administration began this Spring, and offers online classes to provide upper level courses. The program is designed to create a career pathway for firefighters, emergency services personnel, and others interested in public affairs management. Fire service, emergency service, disaster preparedness and public management courses are blended into a vibrant and exciting degree program that will advance students’ knowledge and professional expertise. The online schedule serves to meet the complex schedule demands of emergency service and aspiring public management professionals. No other bachelor’s program in Georgia offers such a unique combination of vital coursework in fire and emergency services administration, public management, organizational behavior and professional development.