Posts Tagged ‘Fire Science degree’

Jim Miguel is New Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Chief

Friday, June 4th, 2010

MiguelCogswell Polytechnical College graduate, Jim Miguel, will assume the reins of the Livermore-Pleasanton Fire Department on July 6, 2010. Chief Miguel earned a Bachelor of Science degree from Cogswell in 2002 and majored in Fire Administration.

To read the article in the Modesto Bee, click here.

California Firefighters Olympics Comes to Santa Clara

Friday, May 28th, 2010

The 2010 Firefighters Olympics takes place in Santa Clara between July 11 and 16. The event consists of 31 areas of competition including basketball, bass fishing, bowling, cycling, dodgeball, flag football, golf, ice hockey, mountain biking, paintball, rock climbing, soccer, softball, surfing, table tennis and volleyball, water polo – something for everyone.

The Firefighters Olympics began in 1970 as an opportunity for all California Firefighters to get together in a friendly competition that promotes physical fitness and provides an informal forum for exchanging ideas. The Santa Clara Firefighters, Local 1171 is honored and excited to be the 2010 host.

Cogswell College will have an information table at the event to promote its Fire Science degree program – and to cheer on all of the Cogswell Fire Science graduates, students and faculty who participate in the event.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Henry Clinton Named New Fire Chief for Springville Utah

Wednesday, March 24th, 2010

Cogswell College Alumnus, Henry “Hank” Clinton is leaving the Las Vegas Fire & Rescue Department to become the new Fire Chief in Springville Utah. He begins work on April 5. Clinton graduated from Cogswell in 2002 with a Bachelor of Science degree in Fire Administration.

Click here to read the article.

Fire Science Residency Classes in March

Friday, February 26th, 2010

FESHEThe spring residency program will take place in Las Vegas from March 12 through 16 at the EMS Training Center of Southern Nevada located in the Spectrum Business Park.

The residency program is designed to give students the opportunity to complete required Fire Science degree coursework in a condensed timeframe in a classroom setting.

Offered classes:

FS344 Applications of Fire Research taught by Jim Miguel

SSC400 Topics in International Studies taught by Dr. Younes Mourchid

The cost per class is $675 plus food and lodging.

For additional information regarding the classes and accommodations, please contact Younes Mourchid, Director DDP/Fire Science Program.

-Bonnie Phelps, Dean of Institutional Advancement

Earning A Fire Science Degree FESHE Style

Wednesday, February 3rd, 2010

Overcome Common Obstacles by Following the National Fire Academy Model*


*Published in Firehouse Magazine. Reprinted with permission by the author.


When Matt Wilson, a fire captain with 10 years of service, took a hard look at his future in the fire service and evaluated his training and education credentials in light of what is required these days by fire departments to promote to leadership management positions,he realized that he does not have what it takes. He completed all required state fire marshal training courses and more, and he took academic classes here and there,but never set out to actually earn an associate’s degree from his local community college or for that matter a bachelor’s degree from a provider of the National Fire Academy baccalaureate program in his state.

Currently, in many states, a bachelor of science degree in fire science is required of junior fire professionals to promote to senior positions. Matt does not meet this requirement and is in a quandary about where to start. The prospect of going back to school, devoting long hours to studying, and balancing his job, family, and school obligations is daunting and discouraging for now.

FS_3Matt is part of an ever-growing number of fire and emergency professionals heading back to the classroom after double-digit years of hiatus. Fueled by economic factors, higher standards for promotion and increased competition, fire service veterans are finding it necessary to return to school and earn accredited fire science degrees to become eligible for promotion and update their knowledge to better serve their fire departments and communities.

The primary reason many working adults resist returning to the classroom is that it is logistically more challenging for older students to graduate than for fresh-faced undergraduates. According to the Lumina Foundation, a private research organization that specializes in studying the educational needs of underserved students, more than 30% of all college students are adult learners ages 25 and above. In reality, colleges and universities frequently focus more heavily on the needs of students below the age of 22 and oftentimes do not acknowledge and smooth out the obstacles that working adults face.

For Susan Hayward, a 45-year-old fire officer and mother of two who recently completed an associate’s degree in fire science at her local community college, fear not only long kept her from returning to school, it nearly caused her to drop out.

“I was very uncomfortable on the first night of class; I left in the middle of the class with tears in my eyes,” she recalled. “I didn’t think I was smart enough as those 18-year-old kids. I had not been in a classroom for over 20 years. I was terrified!”

An additional challenge facing fire and emergency services professionals planning to return to school is choosing a school and academic program compatible with their long-term goals, their state or fire department education requirements in terms of
accreditation and certification, and balancing school with family and work obligations. This article seeks to address these challenges and offer returning adult learners in the fire service a clear road map to follow toward attaining their goal of becoming a college graduate with an accredited education infused with excellence and certified by the National Fire Academy’s Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education consortium.

Educational Indicators

There are educational indicators to consider when selecting a program of study:


Cogswell Faculty Spotlight – Dr. Younes Mourchid, Fire Science

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009


Dr. Younes Mourchid

Dr. Younes Mourchid has been an Associate Professor and Director of Degrees at a Distance Fire Science program at Cogswell College since 2005. With a Fulbright Scholarship awarded by the Moroccan-American Commission for Educational and Cultural Exchange, Younes earned a double Masters Degree from Southern Illinois University in Communication and Applied Linguistics. Younes then went on to the University of Southern California to earn a Ph.D. in International Development Education where he focused his graduate research on issues of higher education reform and globalization in the Arab world.

Younes’ current teaching and research interests revolve around co-relational topics in Middle Eastern Studies and Peace Education. His goal has been to create teaching and textual nuggets deriving directly from the perspective of peoples and native scholars of the Middle East. As an advocate of online distance education for adult learners, Younes continues to promote the value of higher education for Fire and Emergency Services personnel through the office of Degrees at Distance Program and through quarterly editorials in Firehouse Magazine.

What classes do you currently teach?

I teach a variety of Social Science courses focusing on International Relations and issues of Organizational Leadership and Development.

Do you have a favorite class to teach? If so, why?

I enjoy teaching the organizational Leadership course because it allows the class participants to investigate the nature of change in current US organizations and reflect on the components of creating and sustaining a “Learning Organization”.

Have you worked for non-academic companies in the past? Which ones? How did that experience make you a better teacher?