Friday, March 20, 2009

Can TEEX courses lead to a college degree?

They can.

Our agency is best known for providing world-class training and technical assistance, whether it’s in areas of safety, search and rescue, EMS, firefighting, law enforcement, public works, manufacturing or economic development. But TEEX’s instructor workforce and quality of curriculum are so respected that genuine opportunities now exist to qualify our classes for academic credit in colleges and universities.

Example 1: San Juan College, Texas A&M University-Commerce
Let’s say you’re a safety professional who already holds a TEEX Certified Safety & Health Official (CSHO) certification. Thanks to our relationship with San Juan College in New Mexico and with Texas A&M University-Commerce, you can receive 18 hours of college credit and complete degree requirements online. We’re working on a similar arrangement with Francis Tuttle Technology Center, located in Oklahoma.

Example 2: West Texas A&M University
Here’s another example: Through a TEEX partnership with West Texas A&M University, emergency services personnel are able to earn a bachelor’s degree in Emergency Management Administration through distance-learning. The goal of this degree program is to prepare students for advanced levels of administration and management within the emergency service community. Graduates walk away with the ability to interact effectively with law enforcement, public works, and city and county officials of all levels.

Example 3: Blinn College
And if you live in close proximity of our College Station, Texas, headquarters – and you’re seeking a career in law enforcement – you should know about TEEX’s agreement with Blinn College.

Blinn criminal justice students now are able to participate in TEEX's Central Texas Police Academy as a component of their associate in applied science degree. TEEX police academy faculty then provides classroom and hands-on field application and training experiences for qualified Blinn students. Under this agreement, students will have access to the 2,000-acre Texas A&M Riverside Campus for the practical field experiences they need to work as police officers: a firing range, driving track and residential prop houses that provide realistic scenarios. This agreement expands the offerings Blinn and TEEX already provide that place a semester at our world-renowned Brayton Fire Training Field into the fire science certificate and degree curriculum.

Surprised?
The above examples are the seedlings that allow TEEX-trained professionals to pursue an academic education through a wide range of community colleges and universities. In fact, it’s among the strategic initiatives that are core to our agency. Providing our students with professional options and practical relevance to their respective career aspirations is immensely rewarding for us. I hope you feel the same way.

Want to learn more about opportunities with TEEX? Visit us at TEEX.org.

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