Many individuals are interested in pursuing a job as a firefighter, but lack the education that is necessary to earn a job in the industry. For people who work full-time jobs, it can be difficult to attend classes at a traditional college. Internet-based programs are now giving adults the opportunity to return to school and embark on a fulfilling career path.
Recently, Brandman University announced that it will begin offering a bachelor’s of arts degree in applied sciences for individuals who collare interested in entering a career in firefighting. The California State Firefighters’ Association (CSFA) helped the school to develop the program in an effort to meet the growing demand for more degrees in fire sciences.
“Today’s fire service requires the best trained personnel, and CSFA is pleased to partner with Brandman University to offer this fully accredited program to our members throughout the state,” said John Dane, executive director of CSFA.
The California Fire Chiefs Association, Orange County Fire Authority and Santa Ana College also played a role in developing the program. Students will be able to work toward the degree at any of the 23 Brandman University campus locations or through online courses.
Brandman University will accept any credits relating to fire sciences and technology that a student may have earned at a community college. Individuals will also have the option to take classes at their own pace, whether it is on a full or part-time schedule.
“Our mission is to create flexible and targeted programs that benefit the specialized needs of adult students who want to advance their education, but have a variety of other responsibilities,” said chancellor Gary Brahm. “The BAAS is a great way for California firefighters to obtain a high-quality education while maintaining their work schedules and other commitments.”
The program is scheduled to begin this month at a discounted tuition rate. Classes are valued at approximately $900 each. The low cost and schedule flexibility that comes with the program may result in a large enrollment. The option to complete courses on an internet platform may also attract many working professionals who do not have time to attend traditional college classes.
The demand for firefighters is expected to grow by 17 percent over the next seven years, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics. Earning a postsecondary degree may be necessary for an individual to obtain the job they want in the field of firefighting. The additional knowledge that comes with enrolling and completing an online degree program can also help an individual further their career.