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COTC Fire Science Students Graduate from Ohio Fire Academy

NEWARK, Ohio, Sept. 6, 2019 – August 2, 2019 represented the completion of one step toward their career serving the community for two of Central Ohio Technical College's (COTC) fire science technology students. Bailey Butler of Pickerington and Isaac Orecchio of Howard graduated from the Ohio Fire Academy's 10-week intense training program where they completed state firefighter I and II training as well as the firefighter health and safety course.

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All students completing the Ohio Fire Academy courses receive 13.5 college credits towards completion of their associate's degree in fire science technology at COTC. COTC's fire science technology program prepares students new to the fire service while also educating fire service veterans who are looking to get an associate degree to advance their career. COTC's partnerships with the Ohio Fire Academy and Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC) bring hands-on training to the program.Butler was selected to represent his graduating class and spoke at the graduation ceremony to all in attendance. Gary Johnson, COTC program director and assistant professor of fire science and technical rescue, also spoke during the ceremony.

In May 2017, the Ohio Fire Academy was recognized as one of the top fire training academies in the nation by FireRescue 1 Magazine – a leading source for fire service news and more. The ranking was based on a number of criteria, including scope of course offerings, cost and availability of online courses.

COTC fire science technology students have the ability to attend day or evening classes on a full- or part-time basis with the flexibility to adapt to the working firefighter's schedule. In addition, college credit may be given for previous education, training and life experiences. COTC is the only fire science technology program accredited by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) in central Ohio.

COTC's fire science technology program also features the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy: Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model, which allows graduates to transfer credit hours into any FESHE-adopted bachelor's program in the country.

To learn more about the program, visit cotc.edu/firescience.

COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.