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November 29, 2006

Albany - - It's official. Students at Albany Technical College now have more options for competing a four year degree without having to transfer to a university outside of the city.

Albany Tech and Albany State University announced the agreement Wednesday.  

Rachel Swan is a full-time Albany Tech student who has a big plans.

"My career goal is to get my doctorate degree in education."

A new partnership with Albany Tech and Albany State may help make that dream a little easier. Leaders from both schools met Wednesday to make the announcement.

"It's important that we keep all of our human resources in Albany to the extent that we can and this agreement allows us to do that," says ASU President Everette Freeman. 

Albany Tech students who complete a 2 year degree in Marketing, Accounting, Early Childhood and Education or Computer Information Systems can now transfer to Albany State with credits towards a 4 year degree.

"We wont have to take the same courses that we've already taken, repeating them over. It's a good thing," Swan says.

Albany Tech President Dr. Anthony Parker says over 70 % of his students work within 30 miles of ASU, making it easy to work and a get a degree.

"If they decide while they're working that they want to continue to go to school and get an education that will allow them to be promotable, promotable, and promotable again, they can come here to ASU and do that," Parker says.

And not worry about having to make drastic life changes.

"I'm married and I have children and to get away from home would be a problem and with the partnership, it works very well. I'll be able to come here and still maintain home," Swan says.

When she graduates in May, she plans to head right here to continue her education, and of course, receive the title "Dr. Swan".

This makes the 6th major students can transfer from Albany Tech to ASU. Earlier this year, the schools agreed to accept Law Enforcement and Web and Technology based programs.

Students at Albany Tech have to receive a C or better for the credits to transfer.

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