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TO: Current + Prospective Students, and Fire-EMS Stakeholders
FROM: Steve Willis, Rob Lindstedt & Dave McLean and Adjunct Faculty Members
RE: Fire Science Update – August, 2016
In this issue: Student Live-In Academy, Scholarships, Fall Semester Head Start Day + People News
New Live-Ins Student Moving in, Slated to Start Summer Academy on 8/8/16
This is an exciting week for thirty-two (32) SMCC Fire Science and Paramedicine students from across Maine and 6 other states who were recently selected by the 17 Public Safety Student Live-In fire-EMS departments – most have moved into their new stations and will begin the hands-on portion of their Firefighter I + II training program on Monday, August 8th. Over the last 6 weeks, students have completed 28 chapters (more than 800 pages) of home study and online tests. The 3-week training academy – and the opportunity to earn Maine Fire Service Institute / Pro Board certification, will be followed by FF I+II certification end-testing and Emergency Vehicle Operator’s Course (EVOC) and Basic Pump Operator’s Course (BPOC) training in September and October to prepare students to respond to emergencies while they pursue their college degrees. (See media release later in this Update.) For more (2015 Live-In Academy Students and Staff) info visit https://my.smccme.edu/ics/Academic_Departments/Fire_Science/
Lots of Help and Guidance Available for New Fire Science Students
Multiple studies have shown – and veteran students heartily agree – that the first semester of college is typically the toughest. Students, faced with multiple transitions (academic, living arrangements, live-in expectations, etc.), may need help but may not know where to look. Fortunately, Fire Science has your back, with lots of help and guidance, including:
*Fire Science Head Start Day for new students – Have You RSVP’d yet? All new students are invited to join Fire Science faculty members and peer mentors on Wednesday, 8/17/16 for the 3rd Annual Fire Science Head Start Day.
The invitation and RSVP form follows in this Update. If you haven’t returned your RSVP please do it now so we can plan on you! The fun and activity-packed day will give new students the opportunity to get to know their incoming classmates and 2nd year Fire Science peer mentors, learn more about college expectations and opportunities (including scholarships and internships), pick up their books for fall courses, and much more. Hope you’ll join us!
* Peer Mentor for every new student: Every 1st semester FS student will have opportunity to select (or be assigned) a 2nd year fire science peer mentor. The mentors, enrolled in FIRE 215 Fire Service Leadership, will complete multiple Mentor Workshops (facilitated by Mike Stone, FS Mentor Coordinator) offered by trainers from SMCC and local agencies. Peer mentoring is a win-win because it not only helps new students settle in and succeed but also gives Leadership students opportunities to put their classroom skills to work and learn from their mentoring experiences.
* Learning Commons and Fire Science Tutors: LC tutors are available every day to help in all General Ed courses, and Fire Science tutors will be available one or more days each week to assist in any Fire Science course skills.
* Live-In Fire-EMS members: Live-in students will find Fire Science and Paramedicine graduates working at nearly every one of the 31 live-in stations, ready to answer questions or help with advice. Use these great resources!
So, while the first semester of college is hard work, new students should feel reassured that lots of help is available – all they have to do is ask, and then work hard and make good choices (especially in time management) to be successful!
Continue to read and learn more about SMCC Scholarships and People in the News by clicking on the following link