Southwestern Announces New Fire Science Program
Southwestern Adventist University (SWAU) is introducing a new fire science program for Fall 2014 with the approval of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools Commission on Colleges, the regional accreditation body.
The program will consist of an Associate of Applied Science degree, with firefighter, EMT, and fire inspector certifications awarded by the State of Texas. The curriculum is offered through collaboration with Training Division, an emergency services training company in Crowley, Texas, and will be provided by the SWAU Department of Kinesiology. Chad Hutchinson, assistant kinesiology professor, will coordinate the program.
The new curriculum reflects SWAU’s dedication to educate individuals for Christian service and promotes the goals and mission of the Kinesiology Department. It also provides more career options for students and meets the needs of a growing population of students who seek two-year occupational degrees. “The development of the program and the collaboration with Training Division lays the groundwork for potential expansion of programs of this type, while giving SWAU access to material, logistical, and technical equipment,” explains Amy Rosenthal, vice president for academic administration.
The program is also unique among Adventist colleges and universities. Students will graduate not only with a degree, but several technical certifications that will allow them to become employed by fire departments around the U.S. “We are thrilled to offer this new program,” says Vesa Naukkarinen, Kinesiology Department chair. “It provides new opportunities for our kinesiology majors and opens our doors even wider to our local community.”
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