The fire science departments at Butler Community College and Cowley College are joining forces to help firefighting students.

Cowley College and Butler Community CollegeThe colleges have signed an agreement that provides Cowley College students with the ability to receive an associate of applied science degree in fire science from Butler after completing their fire science certificates at Cowley.

Both schools understand a strong community is a healthy community, according to a news release announcing the agreement.

Supplying well-prepared firefighters to serve in one of Kansas’ more than 600 fire departments is integral to the state’s workforce development and well-being.

“By working together, Butler Community College and Cowley College are proud to be educating highly qualified first responders,” said Kim Krull, president of Butler Community College. “We are excited to partner with Cowley on another crucial program.”

For more than a decade, both community colleges have collaborated on a joint paramedic program. Students can receive their EMT (emergency medical technician) training from Butler and then complete their paramedic training with Cowley instructors who teach at Butler’s Andover campus.

“It is through the spirit of collaborative partnerships such as this one that we will succeed in providing high-quality education (that) is both accessible and affordable,” said Dennis Rittle, president of Cowley College.

“Cowley College appreciates Butler Community College and looks forward to unveiling additional forward-thinking partnerships.”

In addition to offering an associate of applied science degree, Butler’s fire science program also offers a residency program. Students in this program will live at the local firehouse, work with the El Dorado Fire Department and have access to Butler’s state-of-the-art fire training tower.

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This information was provided jointly by Butler Community College Communications Specialist Alice Mannette and Cowley College Director of Institutional Communications and Public Relations Rama Peroo.