OROVILLE, Calif. - The Butte Fire Academy's 71st class graduated on May 24.
Cadets told Action News Now they were excited and relieved to have completed the 20-week program.
Beginning with 51 cadets, 35 of them powered through and graduated.
"It was hard work and took quite a lot of dedication. Not a lot of free time," said Kyle Lake.
"It was strenuous, it was rough, it was a lot of fun," said Isaac Morelli. "Definitely worth everything that we did and I would recommend it to anyone that wants to achieve the career as a firefighter."
The certification is the first step and the graduates are now ready to apply for jobs with fire departments or even as EMT's and go through their training process.
Of the 35 that graduated, five of them are already hired to work as seasonal firefighters with Cal Fire, U.S. Forest Service and the Bureau of Land Management.
The college's main ceremony is May 24, at 7 p.m.