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Agreement gives firefighters credits toward associate degree

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The S.C. Fire Academy and the S.C. Technical College System have announced an agreement to increase access to higher education for the state’s firefighters.

According to a release, both groups signed an articulation agreement that will establish guidelines for awarding exemption credit for students who have completed training at the S.C. Fire Academy. This is for students who are seeking enrollment at a technical college in the state.

"We are excited to continue working with the S.C. Technical College System in making it easier for firefighters to obtain a higher education," said S.C. Fire Marshal Jonathan Jones. "Recognizing and exempting completed work toward an associate degree or certificate is one more tool to help our state's firefighters gain skills, training and knowledge necessary to enter their chosen career path."

This agreement is designed to support Fire Academy training completers who plan to enroll in programs related to fire science technology, general technology or emergency management and protection. Firefighters interested in pursuing an associate degree or certificate in these areas will benefit from a faster track toward program completion because of this partnership.

"This agreement is a wonderful opportunity for us to help make a higher education more accessible and affordable," said Tim Hardee, president of the technical college system. "An educated population is one of the most important components of a vital, competitive state."

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