Albany Technical College Announces the Start of Construction on the Dr. Anthony O. Parker Transportation Academy

Staff Report

Monday, August 21st, 2023

Albany Technical College (ATC) announces the groundbreaking of the highly anticipated Dr. Anthony O. Parker Transportation Academy. This cutting-edge facility is dedicated to further enhancing the college's Diesel Technology and Auto Collision Repair programs. The official groundbreaking ceremony is slated for Monday, August 28th, at 11 AM on Albany Technical College’s main campus. 

"The new Transportation Academy is not just a building; it's a commitment to providing world-class training to our students and the future of the transportation industry in Southwest Georgia. This state-of-the-art facility sets the stage for a new wave of academic achievement, signifying our commitment to modernized learning environments that will enable us to produce the next generation of skilled technicians who will drive our local economy forward," stated Dr. Emmett Griswold, President of Albany Technical College. 

The Academy, covering 21,000 gross square feet, will house various features including dedicated classrooms, labs/bay areas, faculty offices, locker rooms, and state-of-the-art equipment. The Diesel Technology Program will be equipped with new interactive trainers and the Auto Collision Repair Technology Program will offer specialized paint booth bay areas. 

Lisa Harrell, Vice President of Academic Affairs, added, "We're not only investing in infrastructure but in the dreams and aspirations of our students. The expected completion next summer will pave the way for high-tech learning environments, equipping students with cutting-edge technology and accommodating larger cohorts to meet growing demand."  

The Technical College System of Georgia has backed Albany Technical College's vision, incorporating the expansion of the Dr. Anthony O. Parker Transportation Academy into its list of recommended capital projects. Funding allocated to the Academy is over $10 million and completion is projected for late summer 2024.  

For more details and inquiries about the groundbreaking ceremony, please contact Lynn Miller, Dean of Construction, Manufacturing, Transportation, and Engineering Division, at 229.430.3602 or