On June 21, 2016, East met West as East Georgia State College and West Georgia Technical College signed an articulation agreement for the Fire and Emergency Services Administration (FESA) program. This agreement will allow students to more easily transfer credits between the two institutions, continue their progress towards the completion of an approved degree program and minimize or avoid the loss of credit previously earned by a student who transfers to another institution.
Students earning credits at West Georgia Tech’s Associate of Applied Science degree in Fire Science Technology who are accepted to the Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration program will be able to transition from one school and degree to the next with ease.
“We are excited about the impact that this agreement will have on the growth of our program at EGSC, and on the growth of the fire service as a profession,” said Beverley Walker, Director of the FESA Program at EGSC.
The FESA Program at EGSC began in Spring of 2016 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.
East Georgia State College is the only Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) approved college in the state.
“The signing of this articulation agreement begins a great partnership that will benefit two fine institutions, but more importantly, it will help our students as they progress academically and professionally. There is clearly much to celebrate,” said Dr. Lee Cheek, Dean of the School of Social Sciences at EGSC.
“Such articulation agreements provide enhanced opportunities for our students, and we appreciate the continued support from our college and university partners,” West Georgia Tech’s President, Steve G. Daniel, said. "I hope many of our local fire fighters and other emergency management professionals will use this transfer agreement to continue their education in this critical skill area."
“We are proud to offer this opportunity to our graduates who want to further their education and have greater career options in the Fire Science field,” added West Georgia Tech Vice President of Academic Affairs Dr. Kristen Douglas.
For more information on EGSC’s Bachelor of Arts in Fire and Emergency Services Administration, visit www.ega.edu/fesa.