The Fire Technology program is now part of the Career Studies Division.
The Associate of Science degree in Fire Technology is primarily designed for vocational education and workforce training/development. The curriculum is not aligned with course requirements for transfer to a specific major at a four-year college or university.
The Fire Technology degree program at West Los Angeles College is designed for students intending to enter the fire service as a career, as well as for in-service fire personnel wishing to enhance their professional and academic expertise.
The majority of courses within the Fire Technology discipline meet accreditation and certification standards set by the California State Board of Fire Service, the National Higher Education Fire Service Committee, and the Accrediting Commission for Community and Junior Colleges of the Western Association of Schools and Colleges. West offers coursework to meet requirements for an Associate’s Degree and/or a certificate of achievement in Fire Technology. Students completing the Hazardous Materials course may also be eligible for a State certificate in that area.