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Ivy Tech to train future fire fighters
New degree program may begin this fall

By James Boyd 331-4307 |
June 18, 2008

A new degree program at Ivy Tech-Bloomington could begin pumping out firefighters to local departments as early as 2010.

Likely beginning this fall, students will have the ability to earn associate of applied science degrees or technical certificates in public safety with a concentration in fire science.

The degree program has been approved by the Indiana Commission for Higher Education, and will allow the campus to begin turning out tomorrow’s firefighters and other public servants.

Chancellor John Whikehart said the program serves as an example of how the college is partnering with other entities, like the city of Bloomington, in this case.

“This public safety program is one that was very much a part of our progress with the city,” Whikehart said in a telephone interview. He said the city requested the Bloomington campus add the program.

In a statement, Mayor Mark Kruzan said the city is happy to work with the college.

“Our fire department will greatly benefit as a result of this program,” he said, “and the fact that we have the facilities to help train these students right here in Bloomington is a monumental advantage in their preparation.”

After investing millions of dollars into public safety and training, the city will allow students in the program to use their new fire training facility on South Walnut Street.

Students will be allowed to gain technical and critical thinking skills during their 60 to 68 hours of study toward the associate of applied science degree. Those completing 30 hours of coursework will earn technical and career development certificates.

Whikehart said the program could end up being as successful as the campus’ criminal justice one.

“We started our criminal justice program with 25 students six years ago,” he said. “Today, we’re up to around 200.”