Oroville, CA – Two Butte College career programs-- the emergency medical technician (EMT) and fire fighter academy -- have recently been ranked #2 and #9 as compared to colleges and universities across the country as having the highest return on investment for its graduates.
According to the study, Butte College graduates from the Emergency Medical Technician (EMT) program can expect an annual salary three times the cost of the program, and Fire Science graduates could see a ROI five times the cost of one year of school.
"With today's cost of college a concern for students and families, it's important to find colleges that offer both quality and affordable programs, and to recognize those that produce successful, well-paid graduates," said Mike Maloney, Butte College Director of Public Safety.
The study, conducted by Fire Science Online (firescience.org), a not-for-profit organization providing free information about fire science, firefighting, and other first responder education and careers, used specific criteria to obtain their results including:
• Colleges with average annual tuition below $10,000, and at least 10,000 active students enrolled
• Average annual salary (for each school's respective state) greater than $30,000 for EMTs, and $50,000 for Fire Science
• Fully-accredited, public and private, US colleges only
According to the Bureau of Labor Statistics, employment of EMTs is projected to grow by 33 percent through 2020 – more than double the average growth rate for other occupations. Butte's EMT program prepares students to perform basic emergency care as part of a mobile emergency team. The program provides students with the assessment techniques and skills to care for an ill or injured person in the pre-hospital setting. EMT graduates are employed by ambulance companies, fire services, and private industry.
Butte College Fire Fighter 1 Academy cadets learn basic firefighter skills, fire behavior, personnel rules and regulations, fire control techniques, strategy, fire ground operations, and equipment operation.