CVCC’s Fire Protection Technology Degree Receives International Accreditation

IFSAC Accreditation 2015 Photo

Catawba Valley Community College’s Fire Protection Technology associate degree program recently became the second program in North Carolina to receive accreditation by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC). Pictured are members of the program’s Advisory Committee (from left) Western Region Certification Specialist of North Carolina Office of State Fire Marshal Michael Caviness, Alexander County Rescue Squad & EMS Captain Terry Foxx, CVCC Fire Protection Technology program director Jennifer Henson, CVCC Public Services Executive Director Tonja Pool, CVCC Dean of the School of Health & Public Safety Robin Ross, and Director of Catawba County Emergency Services Bryan Blanton.

Catawba Valley Community College’s Fire Protection Technology associate degree program recently became the second program in North Carolina to receive accreditation by the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC).

IFSAC governs two-year associate degrees, four-year bachelor’s degrees and master’s degree programs. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support, and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission. Accreditation is granted only after an intense self-study is conducted by the college seeking accreditation, followed by an on-site review by a panel consisting of peer representatives from other member entities or institutions.

Only 38 fire protection technology degree programs in two countries are IFSAC accredited. CVCC has the only program in North Carolina that is both IFSAC accredited and recognized by the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) program.

“IFSAC accreditation signifies that CVCC meets the same standards as all internationally accredited degree programs,” said Jennifer Henson, Fire Protection Technology program director. “This recognition is especially meaningful because our degree program is entirely online. When students choose CVCC, they can be assured our program meets the same academic standards as any program across the country and around the world.”

IFSAC officials conducted a thorough examination of CVCC curriculum, faculty credentials, library resources, website, textbooks, our online learning management system and many other criteria required for accreditation. The site-visit team also interviewed students, faculty members, advisory committee members and staff members of other college support functions.

The first students to earn a Fire Protection Technology associate degree from CVCC graduated this May and had a 100 percent employment rate.

For more information about enrolling in the Fire Protection Technology degree, contact Henson at 828-327-7000, ext. 4123, or jhenson@cvcc.edu.

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