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September 26, 2013

Blinn’s Fire Science program offers one of the best values in the nation

FireScience.org ranks Blinn 41st in the nation

A leading fire science website recently ranked Blinn College’s Fire Science program among the best in the nation in providing graduates a significant return on their investment.

FireScience.org ranked Blinn 41st among more than 900 colleges and universities in the nation based upon salary and tuition data from the Bureau of Labor Statistics and National Center for Education Statistics. The site is a non-profit organization that provides information about fire science, firefighting and other first responder education careers.

There are hundreds of colleges across the country that offer fire science-related programs. To be considered for the list, colleges had to meet the following criteria:

  • annual tuition less than $10,000.
  • average annual salary greater than $50,000.
  • at least 35 active students enrolled.
  • fully accredited schools located within the United States.

Blinn’s Fire Science program was developed as a response to local and national needs for an advanced degree in the field of fire protection and life safety. The program is a unique partnership with the nation’s most comprehensive firefighter training and emergency services instruction entity, Texas Engineering Extension Service (TEEX). Through that partnership, Blinn offers a traditional 12-week fire academy, as well as a new online academy in which course work is performed online and skills are developed during three weeks of intensive hands-on training at Brayton Fire Training Field.

The partnership between Blinn and TEEX allows Blinn fire science students to receive 12 weeks of practical training with firefighter props, equipment and apparatus with TEEX in addition to the usual classroom instruction in fire protection, life safety and program management. The agreement also allows TEEX to offer college credit and financial aid to its fire academy students.

“You won’t find a fire school like this anywhere else,” said Blinn Program Director Nathan Sivils.

Blinn offers a two-semester fire science certificate, as well as fire science technology and fire science protection degrees. For more information, visit: https://www.blinn.edu/twe/fire/.