High schoolers to participate in Beaufort Co. Community College firefighter programs

WASHINGTON, N.C. (WITN) – High school juniors and seniors will be able to participate in the Beaufort County Community College firefighting programs for free next year.

The community college announced this opportunity through the Career & College Promise Workforce Pathways, which will make the program free for the students. All equipment will be provided through BCCC, the college reports. This will begin in the 2024-25 school year.

Students who finish the program will receive a N.C. Firefighter Certification. This will allow them to volunteer in their local department at age 16 and a possible full-time position at 18.

Two high schools will be in partnership with Beaufort County Community College for these programs. The first being Northside High School were students will attend firefighting academy during first period. The second being Washington High School holding a fall and spring course during first and second period.

Private and home school high schoolers are eligible to enroll as well, according to BCCC.

Parents and students who are interested can contact their counselor for signing up for these programs.