Fresno City College and Fresno Pacific University join forces for Fire Science Academy
While Fresno City College plans for a new 39-acre campus in West Fresno, it’s expanding its Fire Science Academy up north, thanks to a partnership with Fresno Pacific University.
Representative from both institutions were at Fresno Pacific’s north Fresno campus on Thursday morning to officially open the academy’s new facilities, which includes rooms for clinical instruction (complete with practice dummies) and EMT training, plus shared space for faculty and staff.
The shared-space also houses Fresno Pacific’s Veteran’s Office and offices for members of its nursing staff.
Students have been using the facilities for almost a month and the two colleges have been in talks for about a year and a half, said Don Lopez, vice president of instruction at Fresno City.
Fresno Pacific uses its north campus classrooms mostly in the evening for its adult degree programs, leaving prime space available during the day. Fresno City also uses additional space on the Fresno Pacific building’s third floor for its advanced officers training courses, Lopez said.
The academy will eventually be housed at Fresno City’s west Fresno campus, but that’s not expected to happen for another four years, Lopez said.
Thursday’s announcement is about more than classroom space, said Jon Endicott, vice president of enrollment services at Fresno Pacific. It’s also about creating opportunities for Fresno City students to transfer directly into one of Fresno Pacific’s bachelor’s degree programs.
“It’s not just a facilities partnership. It’s a pathways partnership,” Endicott said.