Fire Science Program Nationally Recognized
By Michael McKissack
The Fire Science Technology Program at College of DuPage has been recognized by FireScience.org (Fire Science Online) as one of the top 90 schools nationwide that offer significantly higher than average returns on investment.
Fire Science Online recently released its list of the 90 Fire Science Programs that Really Pay Off. Graduates of these programs that become fire service professionals can expect annual incomes that are five times the amount of tuition. According to the report, the Fire Science program at College of DuPage ranks among the very best schools in the country for return on investment with an affordable tuition of $9,157.
Fire Science Online has also recently identified College of DuPage as one of the 100 Colleges Where Graduates Save Lives. Selected from nearly 7,000 first response programs across nearly 2,500 colleges and universities, this report includes only collegesthat have dedicated a significant amount of resources to training EMTs, firefighters and other first-responders. According to the report, the College ranks among the very best schools for future first-responders with an impressive seven first response programs.
Fire Science Online is a not-for-profit organization that provides free information about fire science, firefighting and other first-responder education and careers. All information and tools on the site are free and easy to access. The website includes lists of the top fire science professors in various subjects, information about how to become a firefighter, and a comprehensive list of every fire science degree program in the country.
The Fire Science program at College of DuPage has seen tremendous growth recently, with a 15 percent increase in enrollment this year over enrollment at this time last year. According to EMS/Fire Science Manager Dan Krakora, the success and resulting growth of the program is attributable to a few key factors.
“The success of this program is a direct result of the quality of our instruction,” Krakora said. “All of our instructors have years of experience and are still actively involved in the field. In addition, the training facilities here at College of DuPage have significantly enhanced the practical training we provide. We can take students directly from the classroom and put them immediately into a top-notch facility loaded with state-of-the-art technology.”
Krakora is also pleased with the recognition from Fire Science Online and expects it to increase enrollment even more.
“This recognition validates the quality of the COD program, particularly to professionals who are already working in this field,” Krakora said. “It demonstrates that at College of DuPage, students receive a high quality education at an affordable price.”
Krakora went on to explain that the quality of the Fire Science and other first response programs at College of DuPage has not only been recognized by national institutions such as Fire Science Online, but can be felt on a grassroots level as well.
“Our graduates are our best sales people and they have been spreading the word far and wide,” he said. “We now have students signing up from as far west as Rockford and as far south as Springfield.”
The Fire Science Technology program at College of DuPage is widely recognized as one of the top service-oriented fire programs in Illinois. This program offers A.A.S. degree programs in Fire Science Technology and Emergency Medical Services, as well as certificate programs in Fire Prevention, Firefighter, Fire Officer, Paramedic and Emergency Medical Technician (EMT). In addition, this program offers articulated transfer partnerships with several universities, including innovative 3+1 and 2+2 Bachelor’s degree programs with Lewis University and Southern Illinois University, respectively. The College’s Fire Science program also maintains an active advisory committee consisting of fire chiefs and other fire service personnel throughout the Illinois firefighting community.
The Fire Science Technology program is housed in the recently constructed Homeland Education Center. This $25 million multi-jurisdictional training facility is approximately 66,000 square feet and includes a smoke room with movable walls, a rappelling tower, a full scale ambulance and a 4,600 square-foot indoor street scene for hands-on first responder drills and training.
For more information, call (630) 942-2107.
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