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RCCC ADDS NEW FIRE SAFETY PROGRAM AT SOUTH ROWAN

A new collegiate program at South Rowan High School prepares students for future careers in fire protection.Rowan-Cabarrus Community College partnered with South Rowan to begin the college education of seven juniors and seniors this past fall. The new and exciting program at South Rowan allows interested students to get a jumpstart on their college-level fire protection technology classes without leaving their high school. "The classes employ what we called applied learning – it's a mix of both the theory and practical, hands-on training," said instructor Ben Lunsford.During two instructional blocks a day, the students earned six college credits this fall. Juniors who began this program will ultimately complete 18 credits and earn a certificate in basic fire operations."The idea is that after graduating from high school, the student would continue on in the fire protection technology program at Rowan-Cabarrus to maximize their career success," said instructor Todd Overcash. "Students would then have approximately a year and half of college courses left in order to complete their degree."

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