Fire degrees now offered in mid-Missouri

Monday, May 10, 2004 | 12:00 a.m. CDT; updated 11:40 p.m. CDT, Thursday, July 3, 2008

Completing an associate’s degree in fire service administration is now a possibility for mid-Missouri firefighters through a partnership between Columbia College and MU.

The two-year degree is made up of general education courses and business administration courses at Columbia College, and fire service courses taken through the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute, Columbia College has announced.

The typical fire degree is highly technical in nature, and the courses often don’t transfer to four-year colleges, said Eric Cunningham, associate dean for adult learning at Columbia College. This degree program offers courses that are more easily transferred so students can move forward in completing a bachelor’s degree in business, management or other areas.

“Most departments now require a bachelor’s degree, if not a master’s degree, for chief positions, and some require a bachelor’s degree for officers,” said Gary Wilson, director of the MU Fire and Rescue Training Institute, in a press release.

“This program will serve an unmet need statewide by providing a lot of academic quality that allows students to continue their education as far as they want to go with it.”

This program is the first of its kind in mid-Missouri.

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