Fire Science Technology Program Director Appointed to IFSAC Committees

NEWARK, Ohio, July 19, 2017 – Gary Johnson, fire science technology program director at Central Ohio Technical College (COTC), has been appointed to the International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) Committee on Promotions and the IFSAC Degree Assembly Promotions Committee. COTC's fire science technology program recently received its international accreditation through IFSAC.

IFSAC is a not-for-profit, peer-driven, self-governing system of both fire service certifying entities and higher education, fire-related degree programs. IFSAC's mission is to plan and administer a high-quality, uniformly delivered accreditation system with an international scope. IFSAC accredits fire science or related academic programs at colleges and universities. Accreditation includes both two-year associate degrees and four-year bachelor's degrees. An IFSAC accredited program indicates that course offerings, institutional support and qualified faculty are working together in completing their educational mission.

Johnson has been with COTC since 2012. Prior to that, Johnson worked at the Marysville Fire Department for 32 years.  He served as chief of the department during his last 12 years, retiring in 2012.

COTC is now offering the only fire science technology program accredited by IFSAC in central Ohio. The program was approved for accreditation in early April. The IFSAC accreditation is for a period of five years.

The fire science technology program at COTC prepares students new to the fire service while also educating fire service veterans who are looking to get an associate degree to advance their career. COTC's partnerships with the Ohio Fire Academy and Career and Technology Education Centers of Licking County (C-TEC) bring hands-on training to the program. Students have the ability to attend day or evening classes on a full- or part-time basis with the flexibility to adapt to the working firefighter's schedule. In addition, college credit may be given for previous education, training and life experiences.

COTC's fire science technology program also features the U.S. Fire Administration National Fire Academy: Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE) curriculum model, which allows graduates to transfer credit hours into any FESHE-adopted bachelor's program in the country.

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COTC was ranked number one in Ohio and number 19 in the nation by PayScale in its 2016-17 College Salary Report ranking the best community and career colleges by salary potential. COTC is a fully accredited, public college dedicated to providing high-quality, accessible programs of technical education in response to current and emerging employment needs. COTC is the only technical college in Ohio operating four full-service campus locations: Newark, Coshocton, Knox and Pataskala.