This spring, Granite State College will offer firefighters from across the region the opportunity to earn a degree through a new, innovative bachelor’s degree completion program. Through courses offered online and on-site at the Headquarters Fire Station in Manchester, New Hampshire, students will earn a B.S. in Applied Studies – Management in as little as two years, while completing courses alongside other firefighters from around the area. The on-site/online classroom environment gives firefighters the opportunity to complete a degree while balancing their responsibilities at work and home.
Granite State College and fire departments across New Hampshire have informally collaborated for many years, with dozens of fire chiefs earning their degree at Granite State College. In the City of Manchester alone, you’ll find our alumni across fire department leadership, including Fire Chief Daniel Goonan. This new collaboration will expand upon this foundation and extend the opportunity to surrounding communities.
“Our role in the community is always changing,” said Goonan. “The fire department is called upon to respond to a range of increasingly complex incidents. From the opioid epidemic to other high-profile public safety threats, our team needs to be prepared, and with education, we can ensure that the department is well-positioned to meet the demands of the future.”
“Granite State College is filling an important gap with our high-quality, affordable education,” said Dr. Paul Antonellis, Granite State College director of business programs and a former fire chief with more than 20 years of fire/EMS service. “We are delighted to introduce this cohort program, so regional firefighters can develop teamwork skills, foster creativity, and develop leadership skills that are required by emergency service professionals today.” .”
While the initial phase of the program is targeted to Manchester firefighters, this opportunity is available to firefighters across the region. Potential students must already have an associate degree or NH Fire Level II Certification in order to apply. Registration is now open. The Spring 2018 term begins April 9. Courses scheduled at the Manchester Fire Station are planned for Tuesday nights.