6/9/2004 12:00 AM
Seven TEEX courses have been recommended for college-level credit by the American Council on Education (ACE).
The courses, which are taught by the Emergency Services Training Institute (ESTI) and the National Emergency Response and Rescue Training Center (NERRTC), are eligible for one to five semester hours of college credit at the lower and upper division baccalaureate level. Students who successfully complete the courses may receive college credit at any of the 900 colleges and universities that recognize ACE recommendations.
The ESTI courses approved for college credit are Fire Instructor I, Fire Instructor II, Fire Officer I, Fire Officer II, Fire Officer III and Fire Officer IV. Also approved is Weapons of Mass Destruction/Terrorism Incident Defensive Operations for Emergency Responders, a NERRTC course taught under the auspices of the Department of Homeland Security, Office for Domestic Preparedness.
The ACE recommendations are retroactive for three years, which means that anyone who successfully completed the course in the past three years can receive college credit, as long as the course is fundamentally the same as the version reviewed by ACE.
A five-member ACE review team, led by Dr. Larry David, professor of business at Texas A&M-Texarkana, visited College Station in 2003 to review the course materials, instructor and staff credentials, as well as administrative policies and procedures. Brent Sanford, curriculum and assessment program coordinator for ESTI, was responsible for preparing the ESTI self-study and ACE review documentation as well as coordinating the site team visit. Sanford said that the excellent college credit recommendations by ACE can be attributed to the quality curriculum within the respective programs.
Dr. Thomas Sturtevant, program manager for ESTI, noted some of the benefits of ACE recommendations: "Our students naturally benefit because they may be able to earn college credit by taking these courses. We also benefit from knowing the quality of our curricula is validated by an external agency, and we benefit from the appeal of college credit to potential students."