Lakes Region Community College Fire Science associate degree program ranked fifth nationally

Lakes Region Community College Fire Science associate degree program ranked fifth nationally

September 13, 2018

Lakes Region Community College Fire Science associate degree program ranked fifth nationally

Overall rankings also place LRCC in top 10 community colleges in the U.S. as students begin their 2018 school year

Laconia, NH – The Fire Science associate degree program at Lakes Region Community College (LRCC) was recently ranked among the very best fire degree programs in the country based on the latest U.S. Department of Education Data as evaluated by LRCC’s program is listed at fifth out of 221. The LRCC Fire Science program is the top rated program in 49 of the 50 states. The college was also rated seventh-best community college in the country overall for 2017. 

“A career in this field – whether directly providing services to the community or helping future graduates launch their careers in public safety – requires passion and rigorous training,” said John Connell, PhD, professor and department chair for LRCC’s Fire Technologies programs. “This recognition is very meaningful to LRCC and the Fire Technology department because it indicates that we are making an important impact in our communities and in the lives of our students. It also demonstrates that the faculty in our department are extremely good at what they do.”

LRCC’s Fire Science degree program prepares students for work in a municipal or federal government fire department and is based on Fire and Emergency Services Higher Education curriculum developed through the National Fire Academy. Along with a degree, students receive Firefighter Level I and  Firefighter Level II certification through the State of New Hampshire Fire Academy. Students also receive Emergency Medical Technology-Basic and Advanced Emergency Medical certification through the State of New Hampshire Fire Academy and National Registry upon successfully completing the program.

LRCC offers two two-year, 67-credit associate degrees through its Fire Technology program in both Fire Science and Fire Protection. Both specialized degree programs are designed to prepare students with a broad range of knowledge in different aspects of the fire service and other fire protection related occupations. The Fire Protection degree prepares students for careers in fire prevention, fire inspection, insurance loss prevention, public fire education, installation and service fire suppression systems such as alarms and sprinklers, fire investigation, and other fire-protection related disciplines. Recent graduates have successfully transferred Associate Degree credits to bachelor’s degree programs across the country. In addition, LRCC offers non-degree certificate programs in Fire Science and Fire Protection.

In determining LRCC’s exemplary ranking, compiled public and unbiased data sets collected from schools issued by the U.S. Department of Education for more than 63 different factors, such as academic, financial and organizational metrics as well as student retention rates, faculty profiles, alumni job prospects, and others. Each factor is weighed differently and scored to include other characteristics not reflected in the U.S. Department of Education data, such as past rankings and current industry trends.

To learn more about the highly-ranked Fire Science programs at LRCC, contact Dr. Connell at 603-366-5326 or For information about applying to LRCC, visit

About Lakes Region Community College

Lakes Region Community College is a fully accredited, comprehensive community college located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire that serves over 1,200 students annually. LRCC offers 28 associate degree programs including Nursing, Fire Technology, Business, Media Arts, Culinary Arts, Automotive, and Marine Technology, as well as short-term certificate programs. In addition, LRCC provides a strong background in Liberal Arts for students who choose to do their first two years at a community college and then transfer to a four-year college or university for a baccalaureate degree.  LRCC is part of the Community College System of New Hampshire. The seven community colleges in the system are committed to working with businesses throughout the state to train and retain employees to develop a robust workforce across all sectors and embraces the "65 by 25 Initiative," which calls for 65% of NH citizens to have some form of postsecondary education by 2025 to meet future workforce demands.