LRCC - Fire Technology Program


At Lakes Region Community College, students are exposed to various methods of instruction. While some courses are lecture-based, others subscribe to a performance-based, student-directed learning philosophy. Performance-based learning is a systematic, organized approach to education and training that specifies the knowledge and skills required for graduates to perform competently and confidently in a rapidly changing economy and society. Programs are structured within a competency-based framework. By defining competencies (knowledge, skills, and attitudes) in each course, educators and learners work together to maximize the potential of each individual in the learning process. Intellectual, interpersonal and physical-manual competencies are assessed continuously to assist learners in improving their performance. The college continually strives to provide a physical, intellectual and social environment that supports the unique learning styles, backgrounds and needs of each individual.


Associate Degree

The Associate Degree prepares students for immediate employment or the opportunity to further their education. The curriculum provides students with the tools to think critically, reason, compute, communicate and adapt to change.

Associate Degree Candidates Must Meet the Following Requirements:

  • Successfully complete at least sixty (60) credits in college- level coursework (excluding remedial or developmental coursework/credits – i.e., those identified as being “for institutional credit only”);
  • Earn at least fifteen (15) credits in coursework offered by Lakes Region Community College with at least eight (8) of those credits earned in advanced-level courses in the student’s major field;
  • Achieve a Cumulative Grade Point Average of 2.0 or higher in all courses taken at the College (including remedial or developmental coursework/credits);
  • Credit granted through transfer credits or credit by exam will count towards degree/certificate requirements, but will not be included in computing grade point averages.
  • Completion of ESNT1200L College Essentials.

Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science

In addition to meeting the above requirements, a student must meet the following course distribution requirements to earn an Associate in Science or Associate in Applied Science Degree:

  • earn at least thirty (30) credits in program specific courses in a defined major field;
  • earn at least 20 credits in general education courses, including one course of three (3) credits or more in:

o   English Composition (required);

o   Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language (required);

o   Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics (required);

o   Science (required)

o   Social Sciences (required);

The remaining general education credits to reach the required total of twenty (20) general education credits may be taken in Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language, Quantitative Reasoning, Science, or Social Sciences. The remaining 10 credits to reach the required minimum total of 60 credits may be assigned in any subject are as deemed by the faculty to be appropriate to the curriculum.

Associate in Arts

Students may earn an Associate in Arts degree in Liberal Arts or in a specified major field. In addition to meeting the requirements set forth in Section 1.a above, a student must meet the following course distribution requirements to earn an Associate in Arts degree. Each category below must include at least one course worth at least three (3) credits:

  • English Composition 4 credits English Literature, Composition (requiring English Composition as a prerequisite), or Communications
  • 3 credits Quantitative Reasoning/Mathematics
  • 6 - 8 credits Natural or Physical Sciences 7- 8 credits (including at least one lab science) Social Sciences
  • 9 credits Humanities/Fine Arts/Foreign Language 9 credits


Electives in Specialized Major Field 20 -24 credits

            Minimum 60 credits

OR (for generic AA in Liberal Arts)

Liberal Arts Electives (from above list) AND 12-15 credits

Open Electives                                  9 credits

                                                          Minimum 60 credits              


All certificate programs require a minimum of 20 semester hours in major and related courses, as well as 12 semester hours from the general education core.  A cumulative grade point average of 2.0 or higher is required.  Only those courses in the certificate will be used to calculate the GPA.


Credit Hour Designation

A credit hour shall be equivalent to 1 hour of in-classroom work per week and minimum of 2 hours of out-of-classroom work per week for a 15/16 week semester.  Out-of-classroom activities are comprised by the following: laboratory work, internships, clinicals, practicums, studio work and other activities leading to the award of credit.  One instructional hour shall be equivalent to 50 minutes.

A credit hour shall be allocated based on:

Category Contact Hours/Week
Contact Hours/Semester
(based 15-wk semester)
Class 1 15
Laboratory 2-3 30-45
Clinical 3-5 45-75
Practicum/Fieldwork 3 45-75
Internship 3-6 45-90
Cooperative Education Varies by department Varies by department


Additional Associate Degrees

Students can have only two majors at one time. To qualify for a second major, the student must have first successfully completed one semester in another major, and then submit a second application, plus the $20 application fee, for the dual major. A second major is defined as a program of study identified by its own unique title as it appears on the credential, a title different from that of the first major.

Students may earn additional associate degrees either by concurrent completion of the requirements of the several degrees or by subsequent study after the first degree is received.

The requirements for earning additional degrees are as follows:

  1. Complete all requirements of each program of study, including general education requirements not in common with the additional program(s), and
  2. Earn a minimum of fifteen (15) additional credits at the college, beyond those required for the first and subsequent degrees, excluding Credit by Examination, Credit for Experiential Learning, College Level Examination Program (CLEP), and Transfer Credit.

Matriculated students, who want a credential less than a degree, while still pursuing the degree, can pursue the lesser credential as a second major. The student does not have to withdraw from the degree and apply to the certificate. The transcript will show both certificate and degree at the same time.