Fire, EMT Programs at Butte College Ranked Top-10 in Nation

Sep 23, 2013 11:32 AM

Butte College’s Fire Fighter Academy and Emergency Technician Programs have recently been ranked in the top-10 in the nation for having the highest return on investment for graduates. The EMT Program ranked ninth and the Fire Academy ranked second. This is according to a study conducted by Fire Science Online, a non-profit organization providing free information regarding fire science, firefighting, and other first responder education and careers.

“With today’s cost of college a concern for students and families, it’s important to find colleges that offer both quality and affordable programs, and to recognize those that produce successful, well-paid graduates,” said Mike Maloney, Butte College Director of Public Safety.

According to the study, EMT graduates from Butte College can expect an annual salary three times the cost of the program, and Fire Science graduates could see a ROI five times the cost of one year of school. The study used the following criteria to obtain their results:

Colleges with average annual tuition below $10,000, and at least 10,000 active students enrolled

• Average annual salary (for each school’s respective state) greater than $30,000 for EMTs, and $50,000 for Fire Science

• Fully-accredited, public and private, US colleges only

According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of EMTs is projected to grow by 33 percent through 2020 – more than double the average growth rate for other occupations. Butte’s EMT program prepares students to perform basic emergency care as part of a mobile emergency team. Butte College Fire Fighter 1 Academy cadets learn basic firefighter skills, fire behavior, personnel rules and regulations, fire control techniques, strategy, fire ground operations, and equipment operation.


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