06/25/10 342 W - + 14 - 13 Wake Tech Announces New Degree in Fire Protection

This NBC17 story last week reported on a new degree program at Wake Technical Community College. The two-year associate's degree program in Fire Protection Technology starts in the fall, will be held at the school's Public Safety Education Campus in Raleigh, and include course work in "hazardous materials, firefighting strategies, and fire investigations, as well as supervision and leadership."

It'll be offered to both high school students entering the field and professional who want to earn the degree. Wake Tech also has a "flip flop" schedule which gives students "the option of attending classes on alternating days each week to accommodate work schedules." The college is already the provider for in-service continuing education training for 4,000+ area firefighters. Read the entire story.

The college web site has detailed information about the Fire Protection Technology program. Watch the rotating banner on the home page for that link. The web site is a bit difficult to navigate otherwise. Below is the full course list from the planning guide from the program web page. See same for credit hours and additional information.

First Semester

Second Semester

Third Semester

Fourth Semester

Major Electives

This program has been long awaited. It will provide our local responders with a fantastic opportunity to achieve their secondary education. Hats off to Wake Tech!!
A.C. Rich - 06/25/10 - 14:12

Brings back memories of driving from Cary to Wilson two days a week back in 19…well…a long time ago.
DJ - 06/25/10 - 18:05

Don’t worry DJ… in your case, it’s not a knock on your age, but a statement of your commitment to what you do, and doing it the best you can.
CJS (Email) - 06/25/10 - 22:17

Got my degree from Durham Tech, finished in 90’s… It has gotten a lot easier attain since then, with all the online classes and such.
AB - 06/27/10 - 17:12

That’s right, back then you had to take the English and Math courses on campus. Remember when it was quarters?
Rob Mitchell - 06/28/10 - 20:49

yes…driving to briggs ave and then Treyburn! Glad gas was cheap then.
AB - 06/28/10 - 21:33

I too remember!! The N.Durham Campus was not too old then and the drive was actually not that bad (cutting through the country and dodging deer!). Getting to the main campus seemed somewhat scary at times! DTCC Class of 1996.
A.C. Rich - 06/29/10 - 00:50

We still had to go to the NDC a few years ago to take the fire investigations class, the only one you couldn’t take online. That was a heck of a drive from Wake Co.

I don’t think that the degree is any easier to obtain as it still requires a tremendous amount of effort and personal drive. Not having to actually go to class means that you have to keep up with blackboard and when assignments were due on your own. That and if you didn’t understand a concept you had to work that much harder to work through it.

DTCC Class of 08&09.
shevais - 06/29/10 - 10:30

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