Headline: DCCC Provides Career Laddering Opportunity For Firefighters

July 12, 2012 – Davidson County Community College is turning up the heat on a program that has not been offered in a couple of years at the college – Fire Protection Technology.

The program, which offers four certificates as well as a two-year degree option, gives those interested a chance to hone their skills in different areas of fire protection. Certificates offered include operations, command, supervision and management. Students wishing to further pursue their studies may go on to earn a two-year AAS degree in Fire Protection Technology.

David Newell, who will be heading up the courses, says the certificate programs are online, but are just like any other college curriculum course. In the future, he says the programs may be change and be completed either on campus or online. For now, however, courses are online.

The courses this fall, which include Fire Prevention and Public Education, as well as Fire Service Supervision, cover many of the basics of fire prevention and all aspects of public education – everything from Smokey the Bear and all of its aspects to tours of fire stations, and how to educate everyone from children to the elderly and much more.

Newell says remaining courses that will be taught in the future in the Fire Protection Technology program include Detection and Investigation, Building Construction, Inspection and Codes, Fire Protection Law, Fire Fighting Strategies, Chemistry of Hazardous Materials, Emergency Management, to name a few.

Newell says there is a lot involved in being a firefighter – and oftentimes, he sees folks signing up for these courses who are already firefighters. But, he notes, you don’t have to be an existing firefighter to enroll in these programs at DCCC.

Firefighters can further their education with these programs at DCCC, and those with more educational experience are at an advantage. “Demands have stepped up in this field,” Newell says. “The bar has risen and often, you need a two-year degree – and sometimes even a four-year degree to advance in this career. These programs provide a sound foundation for those interested in fire protection that will ultimately make better firefighters.”

To learn more about Fire Protection Technology courses, visit davidsonccc.edu and select “Academics and Schools.” Under “Schools and Learning,” select “Health, Wellness and Public Safety.” There, individuals may view available courses online.


Students interested in signing up for courses in Fire Protection Technology or to learn more information may contact David Newell at dlnewell@davidsonccc.edu or 336-249-8186 ext. 6332, or Rose McDaniel at runion@davidsonccc.edu or 336-224-4800.

General enrollment deadline for fall 2012 programs at DCCC is Aug. 1. For more information about enrollment, visitdavidsonccc.edu/admissions.

Founded in 1963, Davidson County Community College is noted for its quality educational programs and services. As one of 58 institutions within the North Carolina Community College System, DCCC offers studies in more than 50 degree programs. A fully-accredited, multi-campus college, DCCC will celebrate its 50th anniversary in 2013. It is committed to developing minds, inspiring imaginations, and preparing students for enhanced career and educational opportunities within a changing global environment. Visit Davidson County Community College on the Web at davidsonccc.edu.