Albany, Georgia – Albany Technical College (ATC) is continuing to work with community and state leaders to mitigate the effects of COVID-19 for our students, faculty, staff, and the entire community.
Since the onset of the coronavirus crisis, Albany Tech faculty and staff have prepared and implemented plans to keep our campuses safe, while also minimizing the effects on academic operations. In March, the college shifted to an all web-enhanced, online format for the safety of students and faculty. For other curricula that could not shift to an online learning environment due to regulating and certifying agencies, college leaders are working to keep students apprised of the latest information.
Students should go to the college’s website at www.albanytech.edu for detailed information and updates on college operations. Also, students should be in contact with their instructors for specific instruction on their coursework.
Albany Technical College has implemented the following proactive initiatives on our campuses and in the community:
- ATC hired a professional company to spray and disinfectant all buildings to include Lee, Baker, Terrell, and Clay County locations. The new Titan athletics/student activities bus also will be sanitized.
- ATC supported local healthcare by donating N-95 masks to Phoebe Health System from our Nursing programs. Also some Albany Tech healthcare faculty have volunteered to assist with screening efforts in the community.
- ATC Commercial Truck Driving (CDL) transported supplies and loaned a trailer to Phoebe Health System to store and haul supplies. These supportive efforts will continue as long as deemed necessary.
- ATC CDL also has been transporting medical supplies from Kennesaw, GA to Albany since March 12 for the Georgia Emergency Management and Homeland Security Agency (GEMA). College CDL faculty are traveling two to three times a week for GEMA and will continue this as an ongoing service to our community during the crisis.
- ATC has extended the spring semester until May 18, 2020, developing a process for each student enrolled in the spring to complete their coursework and to be fairly evaluated.
“COVID-19 has challenged our region in a manner that we all hoped would not happen. We don’t know exactly when we will be able to restore the entire course catalog, but we are working diligently with state officials to get back to normal operations as soon as safely possible,” said Dr. Anthony Parker, President of Albany Technical College. “I would encourage our students to keep moving forward with online instructions in their programs of study and go to Albany Tech’s website for updates on the status of the college.”
Dr. Parker continued, “These are unprecedented and trying times that have changed the way we live our everyday lives. Schools, businesses, governments, and, most importantly, our frontline healthcare workers, have had to change the way in which they get things done. We, as a community, have tragically lost friends and loved ones. Our condolences go out to all the families who have suffered such a loss during this worldwide health crisis. It has caused an edge of uncertainty for each of us, but with faith, care, and cooperation we will make it through this challenge.”
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 www.albanytech.edu or become a fan on Facebook at www.facebook.com/AlbanyTech or on Twitter at www.twitter.com/AlbanyTech. You can also subscribe to our YouTube Channel by visiting www.youtube.com/albanytech1 .