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Fire academy: FPU and FCC

From left, Becky Barabe, Jon Endicott, Gayle Copeland, Don Lopez, Carole Goldsmith, Peter Cacossa, adjunct coordinator at FCC’s Career Technical Training department, and FCC Board Members Magdalena Gomez and Annalisa Perea cut a ceremonial ribbon to mark the beginning of the new Fire Science Academy.

FRESNO – Students interested in careers as firefighters and emergency medical technicians will have more educational opportunities to do so now that two Fresno colleges have partnered to offer a new fire academy.

Fresno Pacific University and Fresno City College have joined forces to bring the junior college’s Fire Science Academy to the FPU North Fresno Campus. The partnership expands educational opportunities for many students.

Locating the academy at FPU gives FCC students access to bachelor’s and master’s degree programs in management, leadership and other fields that could benefit firefighters and emergency medical technicians who wish to advance.

“We know we can’t do it alone, we have to work together to make a great community,” FCC President Carole Goldsmith said at a May 16 ribbon-cutting ceremony on the North Fresno campus. “Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific will work together to make sure possibilities happen here.”

FPU Provost for Academic Affairs Gayle Copeland agreed.

“Fresno Pacific and Fresno City are committed to transforming the Central Valley. We are here today to prepare for tomorrow. This program is about faith in the future.”

Academy facilities include shared space for FCC faculty and staff, practice clinical areas and a classroom dedicated to EMT instruction. Computer and lounge areas are available for both FPU and FCC students. The suite also houses FPU’s Veteran’s Office as well as offices for members of the nursing staff.

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