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Schoolcraft College Fire Training Dual Enrollment Program

Recently, I had the opportunity to sit down on a Zoom call with Chief Liam Carroll, the Fire Technology Program Coordinator at Schoolcraft College. Chief Carroll began his career in the Fire Service in 1988, working in two different fire departments throughout his career, he ultimately retired as a Fire Chief in 2014. As the Fire Technology Program Coordinator, Chief Carroll handles everything from the basic fire academy to its degree program, and even personally teaches firefighters in between.

I was interested in connecting with Chief Carroll to discuss the amazing fire training dual enrollment program Schoolcraft College offers to high school students near the area. Programs like this are very near and dear in my heart, as a senior in high school, I was dual enrolled at Schoolcraft in their Emergency Medical Technology program.

While attending high school and sports practices during the day, I also engaged in EMT Classes during the evenings. After just a few months, I became a fully licensed EMT and that position would help support me all the way through graduating college. I am a firm believer that my early exposure to the public safety arena is what prepared me to be hired by the Livonia Police Department later.

Chief Carroll would tell me how he came up with the idea for their dual enrollment program. While his daughter was in high school and dual enrolled in the local pre-med major program, Chief Carroll witnessed the tools and skills his daughter was building in this competitive program. Prompting him to wonder, could he integrate the fire service into a dual enrollment program?

Since launching the dual enrollment, Chief Carroll told me he has come to one realization: the right education presented at the right time produces the right results. Which I interpreted as a curriculum that's easy on your budget and flexible in scheduling promotes growth in both skill and character.

This program really is a win-win-win situation, high schools get to offer a new in-demand program, local fire departments receive certified firefighters, and the students get to save time, money, and jump head-first into a career they enjoy.

I want to thank Chief Liam Carroll for joining me on this Zoom call, I can say I learned a wealth of information I did not expect. Chief Carroll and Schoolcraft College rely on word of mouth marketing to spread the fire technology program's mission and message. So spread the word!

If you would like more information on Schoolcraft College's Fire Training Dual Enrollment Program, click this link to view their Dual Enrollment brochure, you can also contact Chief Carroll by email or by phone at (734) 462-4314.

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