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College: Honolulu Community College
PROGRAM MISSION: The Fire and Environmental Emergency Response Program is committed to provide training for
individuals in the State of Hawai‘i who are interested in developing entry level skills or in-service professional
development required for employment in private, city, state, or federal agencies. Due to the workload demands of fire
service personnel another goal is to provide opportunities that are fl exible and have accessible delivery options including
distance education, evening and week classes, and accelerated course offerings.
PROGRAM DESCRIPTION: The Fire and Environmental Emergency Response Program courses are provided to meet the needs
of the in-service professional as well as students who are not employed by the Fire Service. This Program is designed to prepare students academically for the Fire Service Field, i.e., insurance adjuster, investigator, and safety and building inspector.
Majors Included: FIRE Program CIP: 43.0203
|Demand Indicators||Program Year||Demand Health Call|
|1||New & Replacement Positions (State)||85||86||65||Unhealthy|
|2||*New & Replacement Positions (County Prorated)||53||55||40|
|3||*Number of Majors||253||263||238|
|3a||Number of Majors Native Hawaiian||109||115||97|
|3d||Fall Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||4%||3%||3%|
|3g||Spring Part-Time who are Full-Time in System||2%||2%||4%|
|4||SSH Program Majors in Program Classes||2,123||2,266||2,140|
|5||SSH Non-Majors in Program Classes||52.5||12||45.5|
|6||SSH in All Program Classes||2,175.5||2,278||2,185.5|
|7||FTE Enrollment in Program Classes||73||76||73|
|8||Total Number of Classes Taught||35||39||40|
|Efficiency Indicators||Program Year||Efficiency Health Call|
|9||Average Class Size||18.6||17.4||16.2||Cautionary|
|11||FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||2||2||2|
|12||*Majors to FTE BOR Appointed Faculty||126.5||131.5||119|
|13||Majors to Analytic FTE Faculty||58.4||54.6||49.8|
|13a||Analytic FTE Faculty||4.3||4.8||4.8|
|14||Overall Program Budget Allocation||$215,800||$158,748||$254,002|
|14a||General Funded Budget Allocation||$215,800||$136,488||$217,348|
|14b||Special/Federal Budget Allocation||$0||$0||$0|
|14c||Tuition and Fees||$0||$22,260||$36,654|
|15||Cost per SSH||$99||$70||$116|
|16||Number of Low-Enrolled (<10) Classes||3||7||6|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: January 27, 2014|
|Effectiveness Indicators||Program Year||Effectiveness Health Call|
|17||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||83%||83%||76%||Cautionary|
|18||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||24||31||43|
|19||*Persistence Fall to Spring||71%||66%||62%|
|19a||Persistence Fall to Fall||43.3%|
|20||*Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded||23||24||27|
|20b||Certificates of Achievement Awarded||1||3||1|
|20c||Advanced Professional Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|20d||Other Certificates Awarded||0||0||0|
|21||External Licensing Exams Passed||Not Reported||Not Reported|
|22||Transfers to UH 4-yr||0||2||6|
|22a||Transfers with credential from program||0||0||1|
|22b||Transfers without credential from program||0||2||5|
Completely On-line Classes
|23||Number of Distance Education Classes Taught||15||13||16|
|24||Enrollments Distance Education Classes||262||233||298|
|26||Successful Completion (Equivalent C or Higher)||72%||69%||66%|
|27||Withdrawals (Grade = W)||19||18||26|
|28||Persistence (Fall to Spring Not Limited to Distance Education)||78%||76%||64%|
|Perkins IV Core Indicators
|29||1P1 Technical Skills Attainment||90.00||98.80||Met|
|30||2P1 Completion||50.00||19.28||Not Met|
|31||3P1 Student Retention or Transfer||74.25||71.15||Not Met|
|32||4P1 Student Placement||60.00||72.15||Met|
|33||5P1 Nontraditional Participation||17.00||4.68||Not Met|
|34||5P2 Nontraditional Completion||15.25||18.75||Met|
|Performance Funding||Program Year|
|35||Number of Degrees and Certificates||27|
|36||Number of Degrees and Certificates Native Hawaiian||6|
|37||Number of Degrees and Certificates STEM||Not STEM|
|38||Number of Pell Recipients||69|
|39||Number of Transfers to UH 4-yr||6|
|*Data element used in health call calculation||Last Updated: January 27, 2014|
SOC Code = 33-2011
The overall health of the FIRE program is Satisfactory (Cautionary). Almost all of the indicators have remained consistent from the 11-12 AY to the 12-13 AY. Our class Fill Rates went down significantly from 82% to 69% and our Persistence Rates dropped slightly from 66% in the 11-12 AY to 62% in 12-13 AY. While specific data determining the reason for the lower fill and persistence rates isn’t provided here, my assumption from discussions with students indicates depressed opportunities for hiring by local fire agencies. As a result, students are shifting to obtain higher-level emergency medical experience through KCC’s EMT-I and MICT programs. This allows them to remain in college while strengthening their resumes with the intent of shifting back to HCC to complete the fire program with emphasized background in two areas: Fire & Medical response. Discussions with Federal Fire officials indicate the high cost of running a recruit course that may influence them into hiring applicants who’ve already completed both medical and fire certifications versus running their own costly programs. One of the indicators we would like to point out is the comparison between the number of majors versus the Unduplicated Degrees/Certificates Awarded. In the 11-12 AY, we had 263 majors whereas in the AY-12-13 we had 238 majors. The number of degrees awarded in AY 11-12 was 21 compared to 26 degrees awarded in AY 12-13. This analysis indicates a slight improvement from 8% to 9%. Our analysis indicates that many of the students enter into the FIRE program in hopes of pursuing a position in the Federal Fire Fighting industry. A catch-22 existed with this situation because in order for students to be eligible in applying for consideration to enter the federal firefighting career field, students have to remain actively enrolled and working towards the degree. This hinders students who complete all program requirements for eligibility in earning a degree because they opt out of applying for graduation in order to remain eligible to for the Federal Fire program. We think this is one of the reasons why it has been difficult to get our 2P1 – Completion Perkins Core Indicator to the “Met” level. On July 1, 2012, the Federal Government instituted the new “Pathways” program, which changed the rules regarding eligibility for federal employment for student. The new program allows for students to be merely enrolled in a field of study related to the position applying for. It also allows for students who graduate to maintain eligibility for a two-year period following graduation. This should result in more graduations since students will no longer have to remain students to qualify. We implemented specialized certificates for courses that meet the level of standards mandated by the ProBoard, a national fire service accreditation agency in order to give students more options. The certificate levels included Inspector-1, Firefighter-1, and Hazardous Materials. 6 fire students earned Inspector-1 certification, 1 student earned Hazardous Materials-Awareness level certification, 32 earned Hazardous Materials-Operations level certification, and 18 earned Firefighter-1 certification. HCC instructors provided off-campus certification training to State Airport Firefighters and firefighters from Kuwait at various certification levels for an additional 60 certificates bringing the total number to 117 ProBoard certifications. 11-12 AY Action Plan item #1 was implemented and a memorandum of agreement was established allowing 18 fire students to experience live-fire training at both the Honolulu Fire Department’s Valkenburgh Training Center and also Kalaeloa’s Seafarer Training Facility. Federal Fire Department has yet to respond to our request for a live-fire memorandum of agreement but we will continue to pursue this avenue of training. 11-12 AY Action Plan item #2 was unsuccessful in acquiring a structure to house and store our fire apparatus, and related protective gear, tools, and equipment. No action was taken with Action Plan item #3. We did not meet the goal for 5P1 – Nontraditional Participation but did meet the goal for 5P2 – Nontraditional Completion. We will be seeking funds for professional assistance to create strategic marketing products (brochures, flyers, tv and radio ads, etc.) aimed specifically at getting more nontraditional participants into the program. We were able to meet the goals for the remaining three indicators.
The following action plan items can be tied to the HCC-Specific Additional Outcomes and Measures accessible online at http://honolulu.hawaii.edu/intranet/strategicplan/pdf/2010-strategic-outcomes-statements.pdf
1. Seek out an agreement with the Federal Fire Department and continue coordinating with Honolulu Fire Department to utilize their Live-Fire facilities for the conduct of live-fire training necessary for certification mandated by the NFPA. (Goal C Outcome #2) This will promote workplace development.
2. Request funding to purchase contracts for the service and maintenance of self-contained breathing apparatus to include refills, air-quality testing, hydrostatic testing and bottle replacement; and for individual facemask fit-testing equipment essential in carrying out components of safety mandated by OSHA and required in fire program courses. (Goal E Outcome #1) Building and/or acquisition of an appropriate facility to sustain and maintain tools, equipment, and fire apparatus to exercise exemplary stewardship of college resources.
3. Contract professional services to help recruit non-traditional students into the program. (Goal A Outcome #2)
4. For the current AY-13-14 year, increase the visibility of the FIRE program through participation in additional and varied community events. (Goal B Outcome #1e)
There are resource implications for all Action Planning Items above. Live-fire training at HFD costs approximately $2k. Contract services for SCBA and facemask fit-testing costs are estimated to be approximately $2k annually. One important consequence of outsourcing these services is that it places any liability on the contractor/service provider. We will work with the Division Chair and Division Dean to submit the necessary paperwork to request funding to complete these items in the AY13-14 Spring semester.
For the 2012-2013 program year, some or all of the following P-SLOs were reviewed by the program:
|Program Student Learning Outcomes|
|Upon successful completion of the FIRE program, students will be able to: • Demonstrate knowledge and skills required to respond appropriately to fire and environmental emergency situations at the private, city, state, or federal level. Per conversation with Tech-1 Dean, 20% of Program SLO's will be addressed annually.|
The FIRE Program met with the Advisory Board in 2012 and is scheduled to meet again in Nov 2013. The agenda will be attached before the college officially posts the review in December 2013. In addition, a special meeting was held at request of the Honolulu Fire Chief in July 2013 to explore the possibility of the HCC FIRE program developing a certification course program to address their in-house professional development needs. A schedule of courswork was created in conjunction with HCC coninuing education to establish non-credit courses and costs. At the direction of HFD, this has been put on hold due to budgetary issues.
2012-2013, course SLO's were assessed for FIRE 207 Hazardous Materials-Awareness and Operations, FIRE 104 Fire Inspector I, and FIRE 280A & 280B Fire Fighter I using National Fire Protection Standards criteria. The SLO's were measured through a third-party assessment in the form of written examinations and proctored skills testing. National certification by the National Board on Fire Service Professional Qualifications (ProBoard) was awarded to students who successfully completed all requirements in each course.
In response to recent accreditation recommendations relating to outcomes based assessment, the College has adopted processes and timelines to ensure that regular and systematic assessment of course student learning outcomes takes place. Faculty were provided with an course slo assessment inventory template and asked to complete the form for courses taught in the 2012-2013 academic year. Detailed result and other information can be identified on these forms which can be located in the Dean's office.
Central to performing additional comprehensive program and course slo assessment is also gaining a stronger understanding of the entire process and expectations. While the College and program has made considerable efforts and changes to strengthening the entire assessment process, we are hopeful that further training will be provided moving forward.
Course SLO's will be assessed over a five-year period to determine and validate level of student learning.
A plan to assess 2 course SLO's per semester is considered reasonable over the five-year term until all SLO's eventually are assessed.