Fire Science Student Achievements: NorthWest Arkansas Community College

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Fire Science Student Success Rates


NWACC's Fire Science program is designed with students' success in mind. Feel free to browse our students' achievements over the past few years. 

Firefighter I and II Certification Rates:

Year NWACC Exam
Takers
# of First Time NWACC Testers Passing Exam  NWACC Pass Rate Percentage
2017 13 12 92.3%*
2016 4 4 100.0%
2015 7 7 100.0%
2014 4 4 100.0%
2013 12 10 83.3%*

* When students have re-tested for their certification, they have always passed on their second allowed attempt.

Haz-Mat Awareness and Operations Certification Rates:

Year NWACC Exam Takers # of First Time NWACC Testers Passing Exam  NWACC Pass
Rate Percentage
2017 6 6 100.0%
2016 14 13 92.8%*
2015 8 8 100.0%
2014 11 11 100.0%
2013 8 8 100.0%

* When students have re-tested for their certification, they have always passed on their second allowed attempt.

  • Emergency Medical Services (EMS) pass rate results are measured by the EMS division, but the Fire Science program measures employer satisfaction with the graduate's Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) abilities.
  • Graduation numbers, employer survey results, and other program outcomes are reported in the following by years:

Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 - Six total graduates. Three graduates were hired or working in 2017 had met all certification requirements, and all employer surveys indicated they agreed or strongly agreed that graduates were fulfilling their expected roles as a Firefighter, Haz-Mat Responder and Emergency Medical Technician.

Program Outcome 4 – Zero graduates of the program reported they were pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level.

Program Outcome 5 – Zero graduates were promoted based on surveys for 2017.

Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 - Seven total graduates. Seven graduates that were hired or working for a fire department met certification requirements, and all employer surveys indicated they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles as a Firefighter, Haz-Mat Responder and Emergency Medical Technician.  There was one (1) neutral, which pertained to Program Outcome # 3 simply because the employer stated that they had not had any Hazardous Materials incident/s in which to observe the graduate and give them a different score. The Fire Chief did state though that the graduate "shows a lot of knowledge and has been passing it on to other personnel in the department."

Program Outcome 4 – One graduate of the program reported they were now pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level to the Baccalaureate level.

Program Outcome 5 – Three prior graduates have been promoted in 2016.

Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 - Eight total graduates. Six graduates that were hired by a fire department met certification requirements, and all employer surveys indicated they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles as a Firefighter, Haz-Mat Responder and Emergency Medical Technician. There was one (1) neutral, which pertained to Program Outcome # 3 simply because the employer survey stated they had not had any Hazardous Materials incident/s in which to observe the graduates and give them a different score.

Program Outcome 4 – One graduate of the program reported they were now pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree level.

Program Outcome 5 – Five prior graduates have been promoted in 2015.

Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 - 14 total graduates. Six graduates that were hired or working for a fire department at the time of the surveys met certification requirements, and all employer surveys indicated they strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles as a Firefighter, Haz-Mat Responder and Emergency Medical Technician. One comment from the Rogers Fire Department representative was that "all three of their hires have taken even advanced classes during their probationary year such as Rope Rescue Technician and Confined Space Rescue and are doing great in all areas with good attitudes and work ethics."

Program Outcome 4 – Two graduates of the program reported they were now pursuing their education beyond the Associates and Bachelors degree level to the Masters level.                                                 

Program Outcome 5 – Five prior graduates have been promoted in 2014.

Program Outcomes 1, 2, and 3 - Nine total graduates. Seven graduates that were hired or working for a fire department at the time of the surveys met certification requirements, and employer surveys indicated they agreed or strongly agreed graduates were fulfilling their expected roles as a Firefighter, Haz-Mat Responder and Emergency Medical Technician. One exception was for one graduate that was still such a new hire they received a "neutral" on Program outcomes 2 and 3 (entry level Firefighter and Emergency medical Technician) with the supervisor's comments stating the graduate "has great potential, and needs additional training and monitoring that you would expect of a probationary firefighter."

Program Outcome 4 – One graduate of the program reported they were pursuing their education beyond the Associates degree to the Baccalaureate level.

Program Outcome 5 – One prior graduate had been promoted in 2013.