Thursday, August 30th 2018

KC’s online fire science degree named top program in the nation

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection at Kilgore College recently ranked No. 4 on a list of the top-ten online fire protection associate degree programs in the nation for 2018.

KC was notified of the national recognition Sept. 29 by Online Associate’s Degrees, a web-based guide for two-year online degrees that ranks the best online degree programs in the United States.

It bases its rankings on accreditation, program affordability and degree customization options.

Ranking officials at Online Associate Degrees also highlighted the KC Fire Academy’s comprehensive curriculum.

"This recognition is a testament to the work every member of the faculty and staff does each day to stay true to our mission to help our students gain valuable career skills with expert instruction and affordability," said Mike Simmons, director of the KC Fire Academy.

"We’re proud to be on the cutting-edge of fire protection instruction and will continue to make improvements to maintain the reputation as one of the best fire academies in the nation.”

The company, found online at, provides annual rankings for associate degree programs to provide high quality, well-researched rankings and other resources to help students select the best education path to meet their career interests and goals.

The Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection at KC is a 60-hour program that includes Basic Fire Academy training.

For certified fire fighters in the State of Texas, all classes associated with the associate’s degree in the fire protection program are tuition-exempt thanks to Texas Education Code 54.353.

Detailed information about the Associate of Applied Science Degree in Fire Protection is located at

For more information on the program, contact Michael Ferguson, department chair/instructor of Public Services, at