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New EMT Course Enhances Fire Science Program

September 28, 2018, 12:48 PM HST
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Hawai‘i Community College (HawCC) has enhanced its Fire Science program by adding an Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) course to the curriculum, making the program even more valuable for students and employers.

Jaclanne Pagala, left, and Riley Viernes, right, practice their skills using classmate Dalyn Kupukaa as a subject during their emergency medical technician course at Hawai‘i Community College on September 25. PC: HawCC

“By earning their national registry EMT certification along with their Associate of Science degree, students will greatly enhance their employment opportunities with fire service agencies,” said Assistant Professor of Fire Science Jack Minassian. “It’s one more added benefit when they apply for a job, and it’s a big one.”

The EMT courses, taught by instructors David Mendonsa and Daina Leslie Dietz, were added to the Fire Science program thanks to a collaboration with Kapiolani Community College.

Established in 2005, the Fire Science program has become one of the most popular academic programs at HawCC. Currently, 98 students are enrolled in the program.

Kainalu Burley, left, and Woody Keahi Nelson, right, practice their skills using classmate Dustin Figueira as a subject during their emergency medical technician course at Hawai‘i Community College. PC: HawCC

In five semesters, students can earn an Associate of Science degree. HawCC Fire Science graduates have found employment with federal, state and local fire service agencies.

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In 2017, HawCC began offering the Fire Science program at the HawCC – Pālamanui campus in Kona. A new cohort of students is admitted every two years, which means students can begin the application process now to enroll for Fall 2019 at the Pālamanui campus. Students can also begin enrolling now for Fall 2019 at the Manono campus in Hilo.

Hawai‘i Community College Fire Science student Riley Viernes practices his skills on classmate Dalyn Kupukaa in their emergency medical technician class.

BACHELOR’S DEGREE OPTION

For students interested in a bachelor’s degree, HawCC has a transfer agreement with Colorado State University (CSU) that allows Hawai‘i CC Fire Science graduates to easily enter CSU’s online Bachelor of Science in Fire and Emergency Services Administration program. Students can complete the online Bachelor of Science program while living on Hawai‘i Island.

For more information about the Fire Science program, contact Minassian at [email protected] or (808) 934-2617. Those interested in learning more about the enrollment process can contact the Welcome Center at (808) 934-2800.

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