Kaplan University, a leader in higher education innovation, and the International Association of Fire Fighters (IAFF), representing more than 300,000 full-time professional fire fighters and paramedics in the United States and Canada, have joined to provide discounts and special benefits for IAFF members interested in pursuing higher education.
"Higher education is an increasingly important component in the career advancement of fire personnel and critical to managing the complexities of the fire service," said IAFF General President Harold A. Schaitberger. "By partnering with Kaplan University's School of Public Safety, we are able to provide access to some of the best educational tools and fire science programs for our large network of members across the United States and Canada."
"Kaplan University's goal is to help fire science and emergency management professionals at any stage in their careers to enhance their skills and become more competitive in their field for advancement," said Mike Brackin, dean of the School of Public Safety at Kaplan University. "As the primary advocate for providing fire fighters with the tools they need to perform their jobs, the IAFF is the perfect ally for us to reach the bulk of our nation's fire service professionals."
Kaplan University benefits offered to IAFF members include:
Tuition reductions: Equivalent to a 43 percent reduction, a $210 credit hour rate will be extended on AAS in Fire Science, BS in Fire Science, and BS in Fire and Emergency Management programs.
Waived fees: Kaplan University's Learning Recognition Course (LRC 100) and the accompanying Portfolio Assessment will be offered at no cost, equaling a $1,500 value.
Credit for prior learning experience: After a rigorous process of aligning the National Fire Protection Association's (NFPA) standards with its course offerings, Kaplan's School of Public Safety can apply articulated credit to the Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education (FESHE)-recognized programs, making it easier for fire fighters to convert their applicable International Fire Service Accreditation Congress (IFSAC) and Pro Board certifications into college credits toward a degree, saving both time and money.
Currently in effect, all members of the IAFF can take advantage of the available benefits. For more information, visit iaff.kaplan.edu.