FEST program transitions to continuing education

Wednesday, December 13, 2017

After more than a year of extensive research, data review, and discussions with the local fire and emergency services community in Thurston County, the Board of Trustees approved on Dec. 12 the transition from a degree-based Fire Emergency Service Technology (FEST) program to a professional development (continuing education) program aimed at supporting the training needs of career firefighters.

What this means for current and prospective students is that beginning Winter Quarter 2018, no new students will be admitted into the Associate in Applied Science-FEST degree program. Current students in the program will be offered the opportunity to complete their degree as planned through Spring Quarter 2019.

Continuing education (non-credit) classes are planned to launch as quickly as possible.

We have enjoyed many fruitful years of partnership with the McLane Black Lake Fire Department and are grateful for their leadership, collaboration, and support.